5 Mar
2024
8
min read

How do open source tools compare to commercial products?

Open source scanners often get a bad reputation, many people see commercial security testing tools as their only option, but much of this bias is based on packaging as opposed to usability or efficiency.

Sian-Louise Montgomery
Marketing Consultant

Open source scanners often get a bad reputation, many people see commercial tools as their only option. This likely comes down to them having more mature user interfaces than anything else. The wrapper that is used by a security testing team will make a significant impact to how well they value that tool and how much they enjoy using it.

However, a lot of well tuned open source tools are capable of accomplishing massive amounts more than a poorly tuned, commercial, 'off the shelf' offering. Being able to tune those tools, being able to understand those tools, and being able to look past the surface level lack of a shiny panel or interface is really important when looking to select the right tool for the right job.

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