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10 application security scanners to know about in 2022

If you are in the market for application security scanners, consider these top ten alternatives for 2022. Learn which is the best for your company today!

David Gruberger | May 08, 2022

Application security scanners are valuable tools that search for and report on vulnerabilities present in an organization’s IT infrastructure. Vulnerability scanning is essential to cybersecurity and something every enterprise should diligently practice as part of their risk management.

The scan results better prepare you to prevent potential attacks across the environment by identifying the security threats or weaknesses you may face. The right application vulnerability scanner will save you time and money while enhancing your security posture.

Below are ten of the best application security scanners you should consider for 2022:

1. Acunetix

Acunetix is a web application security scanner featuring advanced crawling technology. It goes through applications, APIs, and thousands of sites, including password-protected and hard-to-reach places of your environment. Since it automatically creates a list of areas to be covered and scanned, rest assured that Acunetix leaves no potential entry point vulnerable to attacks.

Identify over 7,000 vulnerabilities—faster and more efficiently—with its combined DAST and IAST scanning capability.     

2. GFI LanGuard

As a network and web application security scanner, GFI LanGuard detects vulnerabilities on all networked devices, including switches, routers, access points, printers, virtual machines, laptops, tablets, and smartphones. 

Besides visibility into all elements of your network, it detects points where threats can get in and patches gaps automatically across multiple operating systems, third-party applications, and web browsers.   

3. Frontline

Frontline Web Application Scanning or Frontline WAS is one of Digital Defense’s on-demand, SaaS security solutions, allowing you to improve your security posture minus the high cost. 

By leveraging the Frontline Cloud platform’s intuitive design, its user-friendly interface gives you the necessary information fast and easy. See how secure your web applications are and how to address identified vulnerabilities.  

4. Qualys Web Application Scanning

A fully cloud-based solution, Qualys Web Application Scanning simplifies deployment, management, and scalability to millions of assets. It pinpoints vulnerabilities and patches security holes in websites, APIs, and web applications that are official and unofficial.

Its deep scanning capability, combined with a centralized dashboard, gives you a better, more detailed picture of your web app security posture throughout your environment.

5. AppCheck

AppCheck takes vulnerability scanning to another level by covering and testing each layer of your organization’s key IT infrastructure for weaknesses, misconfigurations, and security gaps. Since penetration testing experts built it, it mimics the manual penetration test to have a wider coverage of possible vulnerabilities.

Instead of sending alerts based on a known vulnerability database, its first principles approach allows it to detect previously undisclosed or unidentified security flaws.

6. Netsparker (Invicti)

Formerly known as Netsparker, Invicti also uses advanced crawling technologies to detect an organization's web assets that are vulnerable to attacks, including those that are hidden, forgotten, or lost.

Its comprehensive DAST + IAST scanning approach offers more coverage to lessen risk. With an automated workflow to assign verified vulnerabilities to developers, its quick resolution makes it ideal for enterprises.

7. Nexus (Sonatype)

Nexus Vulnerability Scanner is a basic application security scanner included in Sonatype's security solution bundle. It generates a bill of materials for the application's components and detects potential open-source risks when used. 

Unlike other scanning tools, it focuses on one application at a time. As a result, it is useful for detecting security vulnerabilities in your app before deploying or shipping.    

8. Tenable.io WAS

Tenable.io Web App Scanning makes scanning for vulnerabilities in web applications simple but comprehensive. Even with a single platform, you can see present vulnerabilities, including misconfigurations and certificate issues.

Furthermore, it has a fully customizable dashboard that integrates IT, cloud, and web application vulnerability data into one unified view. Set up scans in seconds and get accurate results with high-risk vulnerabilities sans the false positives.

9. GitGuardian

GitHub’s GitGuardian is the perfect solution to incorporate security in your SDLC. With hundreds of built-in detectors tested and proven to scan volumes of repositories, it delivers precise results quickly and efficiently. 

It lets your organization discover vulnerabilities immediately, collaboratively, and anywhere in the software development stage. The availability of cross-functional data allows for rapid remediation to minimize impact, particularly for high fidelity alerts.  

10. InsightAppSec

Rapid7’s security suite includes InsightAppSec, which offers DAST scanning by crawling through web applications to uncover vulnerabilities. It is a click-and-scan web app security testing tool that goes beyond the OWASP Top Ten to cover over 95 attack types. However, it lets you customize checks to spot issues and risks inherent to your environment.   

With the Attack Replay feature, developers can verify a vulnerability without running a scan; instead, they can reproduce it, fix the issue, and re-test.

Even if you have the application security scanners listed above in your stack, the results can only take you so far. Manage your risks better with Vulcan Cyber. Try our cyber risk management platform to see how your enterprise can go from vulnerable to impregnable.