Qualys vs Burpsuite

Pallavi Vishwakarma
July 14, 2023

Qualys and Burp Suite are two popular application scanners used by security professionals to identify vulnerabilities in web applications. While both tools share some similarities, they also have distinct differences that set them apart. In this blog post, we will compare Burp Suite and Invicti to help you choose the tool that best fits your needs.


Qualys is a cloud-based security and compliance platform that offers a variety of tools for web application security, compliance management, and vulnerability management. The ability to scan networks for security risks and vulnerabilities is one of Qualys' key features.

Based on the verified Qualys reviews on platforms like G2 and Capterra, It’s the ease of deployment of the cloud agent and cloud agent in general.

While some reviews are positive, some Qualys customers say that getting support is painful, and not any meaningful updates to the platforms we use (VMDR, PCI, WAS, FIM) aside from them breaking out pre-existing modules into new stand-alone services that they then add as new SKUs ( and want to charge extra $$$). For example, instead of improving the existing, native asset management/inventory management module that is included with VMDR, they build a new Cyber Security Asset Management (CSAM) platform, designate the old one as a "legacy" module, and now charge extra for the new one.

What about Burpsuite then?

Burp Suite is a popular and widely-used web application scanner that is trusted by security professionals around the world. 

  • Burp Suite's automated scanning capabilities allow users to quickly and easily identify vulnerabilities in web applications
  • Burp Suite also provides manual testing capabilities, allowing users to explore web applications in-depth and identify vulnerabilities that automated scans may have missed.
  • The tool can also be used as a proxy between the user and the web application being tested, allowing users to intercept and modify requests and responses. This can be useful for testing the security of input validation and output encoding.

Based on the verified Burpsuite reviews on platforms like G2 and Capterra, people tend to use them for web application penetration testing. Does Burpsuite do a good job? Depends on who you ask.

While some reviews are positive, some Burpsuite customers say that the document doesn't tell you how to test a variety of vulnerabilities which is a very difficult thing if someone is very new to this tool.

Which one should you pick?

Choosing between Qualys and Burpsuite depends on the specific needs of your organization.

If your organization requires a comprehensive and automated approach to vulnerability management, compliance monitoring, and web application scanning, then Qualys may be the better choice. Its cloud-based platform allows for scalable scanning and reporting across multiple web applications, making it an excellent choice for large organizations with multiple applications and websites to secure.

If your organization requires more hands-on testing and customization options, then Burpsuite may be the better choice. Its desktop application allows for detailed analysis and manual testing of web application security, making it a popular choice among security professionals who require more granular control over their testing.

Ultimately, both Qualys and Burpsuite are powerful tools that can help organizations secure their web applications against potential threats. The choice between the two depends on the specific needs and resources of your organization. It's best to evaluate both tools and consider factors such as cost, ease of use, and functionality to determine which one is the best fit for your organization's needs.

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