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Fortify Application Defender is #19 ranked solution in application security tools. IT Central Station users give Fortify Application Defender an average rating of 8 out of 10. Fortify Application Defender is most commonly compared to SonarQube:Fortify Application Defender vs SonarQube. The top industry researching this solution are professionals from a computer software company, accounting for 28% of all views.
What is Fortify Application Defender?

Micro Focus Security Fortify Application Defender is a runtime application self-protection (RASP) solution that helps you manage and mitigate risk from homegrown or third-party applications. It provides centralized visibility into application use and abuse while protecting from software vulnerability exploits and other violations in real time.

Fortify Application Defender is also known as HPE Fortify Application Defender, Micro Focus Fortify Application Defender.

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What users are saying about Fortify Application Defender pricing:
  • "The base licensing costs for the SaaS platform is about $900 USD per application, per year."
  • "The price of this solution could be less expensive."

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Tom Haakma
Director of Security at Merito
Real User
Top 5Leaderboard
Straightforward to deploy and integrates well with WebInspect to secure against application-specific threats

Pros and Cons

  • "The most valuable feature is the ability to automatically feed it rules what it's coupled with the WebInspect dynamic application scanning technology."
  • "The biggest complaint that I have heard concerns additional platform support because right now, it only supports applications that are written in .NET and Java."

What is our primary use case?

I do not use this product personally. Rather, I implement it for other people.

The general use case is application-specific threat blocking. Most of our customers use it as an augment to their WAF.

How has it helped my organization?

When our customers turn on the app defender, they can see the things that it's blocking that are getting by their WAF. This is the reason that most people implement it.

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature is the ability to automatically feed it rules what it's coupled with the WebInspect dynamic application scanning technology. The rules that are created are very specific to the application that it's defending. In a typical WAF, out of the box, it comes with a set of standard rules that work reasonably well. However, if you want rules that are specific to vulnerabilities that you know are in the application, the application defender is superior at defending against these. 

What needs improvement?

The biggest complaint that I have heard concerns additional platform support because right now, it only supports applications that are written in .NET and Java. They need better support for applications written in Python or more advanced web service-type implementations. Better support for other architectures is critical.

Technical support needs to be improved.

It would be helpful to include agent deployment as part of the Azure DevOps marketplace. This would make it really easy for customers to get this plugin and install it within their application centers.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been dealing with Fortify Application Defender for about seven years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

I have not seen too many issues that would impact stability. It is very much a "deploy it and forget it" type solution.

How are customer service and technical support?

Technical support is an area that can be improved and I think that it's been a known issue since the Fortify team was acquired by HP, many years ago. It's still a problem now, even though they are now part of the Micro Focus team. I recently communicated with one of the senior managers and they are aware of the issues, and they are working on them, but I'd say that it's still an area that needs improvement.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup is fairly straightforward. It does require the deployment of an agent, but this is not unlike every other platform that is application-specific.

The deployment requires collaboration between the security team, who's typically running the application security program, and the operations team, who's responsible for the deployment and management of the hardware that the applications run on. These two teams really have to be engaged from an implementation standpoint to make sure that the plan fits and has input from both perspectives.

What about the implementation team?

We deploy this product for our clients.

In the SaaS platform, the Fortify teams are responsible for maintenance. The agents that are deployed within the customer's environment simply ping back to the console for updates, which is an automated tasks. The number of people and the time it takes to perform updates is minimal.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

The base licensing costs for the SaaS platform is about $900 USD per application, per year. Some larger companies have different pricing based on scale and the size of their implementation.

I believe they have a trial period, where they allow you to use it for free.

What other advice do I have?

My advice for anybody who is considering Fortify Application Defender is to try it before you buy it. It is one of those things that once you see it in action, it is pretty impressive. Considering there is a free trial available, I think that more people should try it.

I would rate this solution an eight out of ten.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

Public Cloud
Disclosure: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer: Partner
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DevOps Engineer at a energy/utilities company with 10,001+ employees
Real User
Static code analysis helps identify security issues and maintain compliance

Pros and Cons

  • "The most valuable feature is that it analyzes data in real-time."
  • "The workbench is a little bit complex when you first start using it."

What is our primary use case?

We use this solution for inspecting our security, such as checking to see if our developers are securing their code properly. For example, we have to ensure that they are not inadvertently exposing any IP addresses or passwords. We have to be cautious because most of our applications are related to banking and the financial domain.

Fortify Application Defender accomplishes this by performing source code analysis, and it scans using agents. The source code check involves static code analysis to see if things like passwords are exposed.

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature is that it analyzes data in real-time.

The Audit Workbench allows us to analyze and see if things are okay on our end, giving us the option to manipulate the rules if needed.

The intelligence behind the static code analysis is really amazing. When we used to do code reviews we did not get that level of depth, in terms of identifying security concerns.

The user interface is really simple to use.

What needs improvement?

There are a couple of vulnerabilities not covered by the solution and we are working on how we can improve on these things. An example of this is when we have a static value that is stored in a database. We need to use a workaround when a value is not exposed directly to the code base, where we check that code dynamically.

The workbench is a little bit complex when you first start using it.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using Fortify Application Defender for around three months.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

We are satisfied with the stability.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

This is a scalable solution. To this point, we have had no trouble with scalability.

How are customer service and technical support?

Technical support from Micro Focus is good.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

I have been using SonarQube for about a year and a half.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup is straightforward but the length of time required for deployment depends on the environment. In our development environment, we can deploy this solution in five minutes. However, in our pre-production and production environments, it takes more time because the platform needs to be more mature.

What about the implementation team?

We had our in-house team implement this solution.

What other advice do I have?

This is a great tool and the kind of support it provides is very helpful. It is easy to adopt for any technology and integrates well with any kind of small platform.

I would rate this solution a nine out of ten.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

On-premises
Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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System Quality Assurance Manager at AIS - Advanced Info Services Plc.
Real User
Top 5Leaderboard
Straightforward resolution information, stable, but automation could improve

Pros and Cons

  • "The information from Fortify Application Defender on how to fix and solve issues is very good compared to other solutions."
  • "The solution could improve the time it takes to scan. When comparing it to SonarQube it does it in minutes while in Fortify Application Defender it can take hours."

What is our primary use case?

We use Fortify Application Defender for scanning our whole repository source code for security. We have more than 4,000 repositories in our company.

What is most valuable?

The information from Fortify Application Defender on how to fix and solve issues is very good compared to other solutions.

What needs improvement?

The solution could improve the time it takes to scan. When comparing it to SonarQube it does it in minutes while in Fortify Application Defender it can take hours.

In an upcoming release, they could improve how they apply the automation.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using Fortify Application Defender for approximately 10 years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The solution is stable.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

The solution does not scale well because there are limitations. For example, the licensing is attached to the programmer, and it is very difficult to do it automatically queries.

How was the initial setup?

The initial installation of Fortify Application Defender is more complex than the SonarQube, but it is not too difficult to do from scratch. Last year we did the installation in a new environment from scratch and we did not have problem.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

The price of this solution could be less expensive.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

I have evaluated SonarQube.

What other advice do I have?

I recommend this solution to others. However, most companies will choose SonarQube.

I rate Fortify Application Defender a seven out of ten.

Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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