If you’re choosing a web application vulnerability scanner for the first time, or struggling to get the most out of Netsparker, here’s why you should consider Acunetix as an alternative.Choosing a web application vulnerability scanner is not as straightforward as choosing a network scanner like Nessus — it can be intimidating, especially if you’re new to application security testing. Particularly, if you’re evaluating or using Netsparker, you already know that you’re looking for a web application scanner that is easier to use without the need to be a security expert. You need a web vulnerability scanner that seamlessly keeps itself up-to-date with the latest and greatest security tests, and can easily be accessed from anywhere at any time.
On top of that, you want to make sure that your web application security scanner doesn’t waste your time with false positives, can detect advanced security vulnerabilities such as Blind Cross-site Scripting (Blind XSS) and Out-of-band SQL injection (OOB SQLi), whilst also being blazing fast.
Scan anything, quickly, at scale
Considering features in dynamic scanners like Netsparker and Acunetix is important, however, speed and accuracy are king. Besides being a technology leader in innovation and accuracy, Acunetix is relentlessly focused on speed. Behind Acunetix’s blistering speed, are years of optimizations and tuning. Everything from Acunetix’s crawler to every single vulnerability test Acunetix carries out is carefully designed to be as quick and efficient as possible — from making the minimum amount of HTTP requests possible, to knowing how to notice patterns, and automatically determine which parameters require more complex testing than others.
In addition to dynamic, black box scanning (DAST), Acunetix, unlike Netsparker, allows you to conduct gray box (IAST) scans thanks to AcuSensor. AcuSensor is a sensor that can be installed on the web server for Java, ASP.NET and PHP web applications. This brings together the best of dynamic testing, together with feedback from sensors within the source code whilst it is in execution.
Furthermore, when it comes to scaling-up scanning operations, Acunetix makes it a breeze. With Acunetix Multi-engine support, Acunetix can be configured to run scans from multiple scan engines simultaneously, with all results streaming back to a centralized console.
Everything in one unified interface
Information security is a game with many stakeholders — from security professionals themselves, to development, compliance and auditing teams, and management to name a few. Making sure all teams have access to the data and reports they need is crucial for a smooth operation of a successful application security program — be they reports which can be exported to PDFs, HTML files, or even issues opened directly in Issue Trackers like GitHub and Atlassian JIRA.
Acunetix runs in the browser, meaning that there is nothing complicated to install or configure, and even non Windows-based users can easily interact with scan results. With multi user, multi role support and built-in vulnerability management tools, Acunetix allows everyone to access the same user friendly web based interface and reporting.
Like the vast majority of security software, Netsparker’s many knobs and levers may be a challenge to use if you’re not a security expert. Acunetix on the other hand is designed to be dead-simple to use, yet powerful by making the best choices for you. Naturally, there will still be instances where security experts would want to have precise control, and Acunetix’s advanced settings allow technical users to do so with ease.
Proven in enterprise, trusted by governments
Acunetix has been focused on building a best of breed web vulnerability scanner for over a decade, making it amongst the most mature, battle-tested and widely used web vulnerability scanners. It is used daily by thousands of organizations worldwide ranging from small businesses to Fortune 100 enterprises, effortlessly growing in synch with your application security needs.
We use Acunetix as part of our Security in the SDLC and to test code in DEV and SIT before being promoted to Production.