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Although many excellent web application vulnerability scanners are on the market, no one tool is likely to meet all your needs. Define requirements, narrow down the list of options and then take each finalist for a test drive to get to know the look and
feel of how they work. In the end, you will likely need more than one scanner to suit your needs. This piece details the features to look for in a web app vulnerability scanner and offers recommendations for making the right choice.
The best web application vulnerability scanner is going to be the one that integrates with your environment and delivers what you specifically need. Certain scanners are better at one-off testing. Others are better integrated into the software development
lifecycle. Some key questions to ask are:
Many web application vulnerability scanners can meet most basic requirements. Still, it’s best to determine upfront what you’re specifically trying to accomplish, both now and long term, rather than having to retool down the road.
There is no one best web application vulnerability scanner. They all work in slightly different ways, have their own look and feel, and tend to find different types of vulnerabilities.
When evaluating web application vulnerability scanners, five important issues to consider are:
In fact, the best way to avoid running into problems in any of the above areas is to simply try before you buy. Many web application vulnerability scanners offer free trials. The only way to know how well the product works for your specific needs against
your specific platforms and codebase is to try it out. Have both the people who will be running the scans and the people reading the reports take your pared-down list of tools for a spin to see their capabilities and outputs. Some features are great,
and others will just get in your way of doing business. It’s better to find that out upfront.
Also, realize a web application vulnerability scanner is only one part of your overall web application security and vulnerability management program (albeit, a critical one). It’s also important to make sure proper security standards are being met
and maintained, risks are being properly analyzed based on specific tolerance and business needs, and ongoing oversight using appropriate vulnerability metrics is taking place.
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To ensure the tool you choose works well in your environment, it is important to:
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