Invicti, formerly Netsparker, vs Qualys

Apart from having a higher vulnerability detection rate, Invicti, formerly Netsparker, also automatically verifies the identified vulnerabilities with the exclusive Proof-Based Scanning™ technology. Therefore unlike when using Qualys, users do not have to manually verify the findings and can immediately proceed with the fixing of the security flaws.

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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.


If your business depends on web applications and web APIs, security must be top of mind. After all, according to the most recent Verizon Data Breach Investigation Report, more data breaches begin with a web application compromise than in any other way. As you begin to build or strengthen your web application security testing tools portfolio & program, here is why you should consider Invicti, formerly Netsparker, Web Application Security Scanner instead of Qualys or other competitors.

The Most Accurate Web Security Scan Results

Your business’s and clients’ data are only as secure as the applications in front of them. As part of a robust web application security program, you need a web vulnerability scanner that identifies web security vulnerabilities in the OWASP Top Ten and beyond, without wasting your time with false positives.

Invicti, formerly Netsparker, is the only web application security testing tool with Proof Based Scanning™. It automatically exploits every identified vulnerability in a read only and safe way. Upon exploiting the vulnerability it also generates a proof of exploit, to prove that the vulnerability is not false positive.

Since it exploits the identified vulnerabilities Invicti, formerly Netsparker, reports the HTTP request and payload that was used to exploit the issues, and also the data that was affected by the exploit, highlighting the impact the exploited issue can have on the web application.

These dead accurate results help at every level of the security process. The security and web penetration testing team knows exactly why the application is vulnerable, and can quickly assess the possible consequences and prioritize remediation. The development team can quickly zoom in on the flawed logic to understand it, thus developing a solution for it and write more secure code in the future.

Invicti, formerly Netsparker, Outshines Competition in Independent Test Of Scanners

Don’t just take our word for it. Independent security tester Shay Chen tested a broad range of both commercial and open source web vulnerability scanners (Dynamic Application Security Testing (DAST)), including Invicti (formerly Netsparker), Acunetix, Rapid7 AppSpider, WebInspect, IBM AppScan, Burp Suite, and OWASP Zed Attack Proxy (ZAP).

The test used in the vulnerability scanner comparison was designed to gauge how accurately scanners can overcome real-world barriers to scanning and detect real web application vulnerabilities including SQL Injection, cross-site scripting (XSS), remote file inclusion. Only one scanner in the test detected every single vulnerability in the benchmark without reporting any false positives: Invicti, formerly Netsparker.

Beyond Security Scanning

Even the best security scanning is of limited use if you cannot easily track progress, efficiently triage issues, follow up with developers and verify the vulnerability fixes.

Invicti, formerly Netsparker, is a suite of scanning, workflow and integration tools that takes you beyond security scanning. It is a full-featured vulnerability management, detection and reporting solution that can be easily integrated in your secure SDLC. You can easily track your business’s application security posture over time, and convey that information by creating custom reports tailored specifically to security, development, or management audiences.

Invicti, formerly Netsparker, is also equipped with a state of the art application discovery service (web assets discovery), which helps businesses identify all their web assets, thus making sure all of them are scanned and secured.

Unmatched Flexibility

Unlike Qualys Web Application Scanning, which only offers a cloud solution, Invicti (formerly Netsparker) Web Application Security Scanning solution is available in several different editions. Depending on your business’s infrastructure and needs you can use the hosted Cloud-based service or the on-premises desktop web vulnerability scanner. Invicti, formerly Netsparker, can also be hosted in an on-premises private cloud environment, giving you full control of your data.

With the Invicti, formerly Netsparker, web security solution you have more options for setup and implementation based on how your business operates now, and how you scale or change in the future.

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.


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 is the best. Invicti’s (formerly Netsparker) 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, formerly Netsparker, was the only scanner to identify all vulnerabilities and to report zero false positives.

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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.

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Homeland Security

Bruno Urban

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


Perry Mertens

As opposed to other web application scanners, Invicti, formerly Netsparker, 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, formerly Netsparker, 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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