AppScan 3

By Timothy Dyck  |  Posted 2002-05-20 Print this article Print

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Sites that need to secure large numbers of custom Web applications and/or Web servers will find AppScan 3.0s speed, relatively low cost and ease of use attractive. However, AppScan should not be used as a replacement for human audits and regular penetration tests.

Cost Analysis

Since a single license covers all the IP addresses a business manages, a single $15,000 AppScan purchase goes a long way. Finding Web application bugs in critical applications before outsiders do is worth this cost.

+Finds custom application and Web server vulnerabilities; very fast scanning engine; easy-to-use interface; flexible filtering tools allow for easy searching of reported vulnerabilities. mCustom rules are limited to simple file detection or parameter manipulation; could crash a tested server or put test data into a tested applications database.

Evaluation Short List

•SPI Dynamics WebInspect
•Kavado Inc.s ScanDo

Timothy Dyck is a Senior Analyst with eWEEK Labs. He has been testing and reviewing application server, database and middleware products and technologies for eWEEK since 1996. Prior to joining eWEEK, he worked at the LAN and WAN network operations center for a large telecommunications firm, in operating systems and development tools technical marketing for a large software company and in the IT department at a government agency. He has an honors bachelors degree of mathematics in computer science from the University of Waterloo in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, and a masters of arts degree in journalism from the University of Western Ontario in London, Ontario, Canada.

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