Websecurify Suite Vs. Software as a Service
The online Suite is a radically different value proposition, which enables security to scale across many verticals
We only deliver the code but the data and execution belongs to you. In other words, you are in complete control of everything because you have the best of both Desktop and SaaS worlds.
Software as a Service
Software as a Service (SaaS) is a software delivery model in which software and associated data are centrally hosted on the cloud. It is all centralised and only available when online.
Runs In The Browser
Websecurify Suite runs entirely in your browser. You visit one of the Suite apps and now everything you do executes straight from your own browser, leveraging the latest web technologies. You can test not only remote application but also applications deployed in private environments and even localhost. No data leaves your machine. It works and feels like desktop software but with the added value of the cloud.
Runs In The Cloud
You are stuck with features and availability of your provider. Your data is kept inside your provider's data centres perhaps even on the same database server shared by other customers. Tests execute from machines located somewhere in the cloud and typically have no visibility of applications deployed in private networks or even localhost. Always testing in production carries a degree of risk.
The Suite of tools are instant. You don't have to wait for anything and there are no resource constraints whatsoever. When you open an application it is available right away. You can start tests and use application features immediately.
Because of the shred nature of SaaS, your tests and other application features will be queued together with the test and applications requests from other clients. You typically have to wait before you see any results.
The tools in the Suite can be used before you deploy your applications on the Web. In fact, you can use them as part of your Software Development Lifecycle or in other words during the early stages of your application when it is still hidden from the world.
Unfortunately SaaS executes on someone else's servers and in order for this to work you need to make your application public. Deploying half-working software full of bugs is also a challenge on its own so you may not even consider this as a solution.
All tools in the Suite are available even while you are offline. Now you can finish those crucial application features and give them a quick security check even while you are on the go.
Needless to say, SaaS operates only when you are online and when your application is online. This is too much to ask but this is how it works and there is no way around this.