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Invicti (formerly Netsparker) vs Burp Suite

When you choose a web application vulnerability scanner, choose the one that fits your business requirements. Invicti (formerly Netsparker) and Burp Suite are both very good tools for vulnerability detection but they are built for different specific purposes.

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Troy Hunt

I’ve long been an advocate of Invicti (formerly Netsparker) because I believe it’s the easiest on-demand, do it yourself dynamic security analysis tool.

Troy Hunt MICROSOFT REGIONAL DIRECTOR & MVP, FOUNDER OF HAVE I BEEN PWNED, LEADING SECURITY RESEARCHER

Burp Suite is one of the best manual penetration testing tools on the market. There is some automatic functionality in Burp Suite Pro but the product does not focus on it. Invicti focuses on automation and integration. It is a complete solution that helps penetration testers work less. This can be very helpful if you have limited resources.

Ease of Set-up and Use

To use the Invicti (formerly Netsparker) web application scanner, you just need to give it the targets. To set it up, you configure basic features such as access rights. Of course, if you want to integrate it with other tools, you need a little more work. Burp Suite works as a proxy and even its basic setup is quite complicated. You need to configure it so that it intercepts traffic between your browser and the web server.

The interfaces of these two tools also prove that they are meant for different types of users. The Burp Suite interface is excellent for technical experts, especially penetration testers. The Invicti (formerly Netsparker) interface is made so that non-technical employees can easily rerun existing tests and interpret results.

Burp Suite is praised for its reports that are easy to read for developers. Invicti (formerly Netsparker) generates excellent developer reports, too, and much more. It also creates executive reports that let you quickly focus on what’s important. Last but not least, it builds compliance reports that you can use to prove that you meet the requirements such as PCI DSS, HIPAA, and ISO 27001.

Accuracy and Proof

If you use Burp Suite, you can prove every security vulnerability that you discover. However, you must do it manually. You must find out how the vulnerability works and create a payload that proves it. Burp Suite gives you a lot of tools for this purpose. This is an excellent solution for zero-day and exotic vulnerabilities.

When you use the Invicti web application security scanner, it proves vulnerabilities for you automatically. Its scanning technology detects a vulnerability, for example, an SQL injection or Cross-Site Scripting, and creates a payload that proves it. Once proven, it gives you the output that guarantees that this is not a false positive. Invicti has one of the best detection rates in the industry, but it will not be able to prove some very rare vulnerabilities. Still, it will save you a lot of work.

Integration

Burp Suite is built as a standalone solution. It has some integration capabilities, but it is primarily designed to be used for manual application security testing. You can integrate Burp Suite with common CI tools. However, it has no issue tracker integration.

Invicti (formerly Netsparker) is designed for integration. It is an automated solution, so it is made to be part of the workflow. This includes both the issue workflow and the software development lifecycle. Invicti assesses the impact of vulnerabilities so that you know what is of critical importance. It also lets you monitor the state of vulnerabilities and manage them by working together with the issue tracker.

Which Tool to Choose?

If you need to choose between Invicti and Burp Suite, you must decide what is most important for you. Would you rather perform manual security testing for all vulnerabilities? Or are you looking for a way to reduce manual vulnerability tests so that your experts can focus on the most important issues?

You can also use the two solutions together. Invicti (formerly Netsparker) can handle most of the issues: find them, prove them, and let you manage them. Then, your security expert could use Burp Suite along with some open source tools like OWASP ZAP to work on issues that cannot be handled automatically. Except for DAST web vulnerability scanners, your complete information security environment could also include dedicated network security tools, SAST tools, server-side protection, and other solutions.

Thank you for your interest in Invicti (formerly Netsparker) and we hope that whatever you choose, it will help you maintain excellent web security.

Scott Helme

In my years as a security specialist I’ve used many different tools for DAST and Invicti (formerly Netsparker) has consistently been at the forefront of both experience and results. It’s simple to use without sacrificing capability.

Scott Helme SECURITY RESEARCHER AND ENTREPRENEUR, SCOTTHELME.CO.UK

You’ve invested a lot of resources into creating the best websites and web applications for your business and you want them to be secure. An antivirus or a firewall can’t protect your web assets. You need special software that works with the web.

  • Leading-edge technology
    You want the best solution for your web assets and Invicti (formerly Netsparker) is the best. Invicti’s Proof-Based ScanningTM technology can prove identified vulnerabilities are real and not false positives, saving security teams hundreds of man-hours.
  • Automation and integration
    With Invicti (formerly Netsparker), you can automate and integrate with CI/CD and other systems found in the SDLC and DevOps environment. This allows your experts to focus on what’s most important and eliminate security issues at the earliest stages.
  • Reliability and trust
    Invicti (formerly Netsparker) is a solution you can trust and constantly top rated in 3rd party benchmarks. Its engine is dead accurate and gives you all the information that you need to fix security issues.

Web Scanner Comparisons

In the 2018 independent web vulnerability scanners comparison, Invicti was the only scanner to identify all vulnerabilities and to report zero false positives.

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Detect More Vulnerabilities

When tested in third party benchmarks by security industry experts, Invicti (formerly Netsparker) identified all direct impact vulnerabilities, surpassing all other solutions. Their results show Invicti (formerly Netsparker) has the most advanced and dead accurate crawling & vulnerability scanning technology, and the highest web vulnerability detection rate.

SQL Injection Detection (SQLI)

100%

Detection Rate

136/136

False Positives Tests

0/10

Reflected XSS Detecion (RXSS)

100%

Detection Rate

66/66

False Positives Tests

0/7

Local File Inclusion Detection (LFI)

100%

Detection Rate

816/816

False Positives Tests

0/8

Remote File Inclusion Detection (RFI)

100%

Detection Rate

108/108

False Positives Tests

0/6

Unvalidated Redirect Detection

100%

Detection Rate

30/30

False Positives Tests

0/9

Old, Backup Files Detection

72.83%

Detection Rate

134/184

False Positives Tests

0/3

Trusted by companies like

Starbucks
Homeland Security
Deloitte
NASA
Microsoft
Coca-Cola

Bruno Urban

I had the opportunity to compare external expertise reports with Invicti ones. Invicti was better, finding more breaches. It’s a very good product for me.

OECD

Perry Mertens

As opposed to other web application scanners, Invicti is very easy to use. An out of the box installation can detect more vulnerabilities than any other scanner.

ING Bank

Dan Fryer

We chose Invicti because it is more tailored to web application security and has features that allow the university to augment its web application security needs.

Oakland University

Save your security team hundreds of hours with Invicti’s web security scanner.

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