Being able to scan a website or web application quickly is certainly important, however, a fast scan isn’t always the desired outcome. There are cases where you might be scanning a web application on a web server with very limited resources (especially when scanning web applications on embedded devices), or perhaps you are scanning a web application with aggressive rate-limiting.

Whatever the reason, configuring a scan to run at a slower speed (throttling) is sometimes necessary. Acunetix makes throttling a scan simple.

To throttle a scan, navigate to the Target you wish to throttle, slide the Scan Speed slider in the General tab to suit your needs, then click Save on the top-left of the screen.

Configure Scan Speed

The following are the values assigned to each setting on the Scan Speed slider.

Scan Speed Details
Slower 1 HTTP request every 120 milliseconds
(500 requests / minute)
Slow 1 HTTP request every 50 milliseconds
(1200 requests / minute)
Moderate 1 HTTP request every 20 milliseconds
(3000 requests / minute)
Fast No Throttling
Ian Muscat

Acunetix developers and tech agents regularly contribute to the blog. All the Acunetix developers come with years of experience in the web security sphere.