Ease of use
Cloud-based DAST requires the URL of the website to scan. That’s it. The tool tests applications the way an attacker would: in their running environments, the way they were intended to run. Results are vetted to reduce false positives, so development teams don’t get buried in remediation efforts, increasing developer buy-in.
As businesses grow and the number of web applications increase, security testing and remediation becomes exponentially more complex. Scaling the testing effort is often unfeasible due to resource and cost constraints. SaaS tools solve both issues with economy of scale: onboarding 100 web applications is the same as onboarding 10. WhiteHat Dynamic can onboard and test over 10,000 websites concurrently.
Creating and running a DAST tool is very time-consuming and resource-intensive. Furthermore, there is always a chance that the tool might not be configured correctly, exposing the organization to unwanted risk. Utilizing a SaaS tool like WhiteHat Dynamic gives organizations the ability to have absolute coverage without taking on the responsibility of configuring and running the tool, eliminating the risk of misconfigurations or partial coverage. This way, WhiteHat Dynamic can help organizations focus more on remediation rather than running the tool.
Anything that brings complexity also brings cost. On-premises solutions requiring personnel and hardware to implement and maintain will cost more than a cloud-based solution. Every organization has different needs, but it’s generally less expensive to outsource tooling and maintenance than to absorb it in-house.