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Contrast Security named a 2021 Gartner Peer Insights Customers’ Choice for the 3rd year in a row for Application Security Testing

Contrast Security named a 2021 Gartner Peer Insights Customers’ Choice for the 3rd year in a row for Application Security Testing

Contrast Security receives 94% willingness to recommend based on 74 customer reviews

Gartner peer insights customers' choice 2021As Contrast Security continues to shape the future of the Application Security Testing market, it’s especially gratifying to have our customers recognize us for offering a platform that provides the security and business value they require. The Contrast Application Security Platform empowers both development and security teams to automate the rapid delivery and the security of their code. Developers are empowered to secure as they write code and security practitioners can seamlessly integrate across the software development lifecycle (SDFC) and supply chain.

Gartner® has recognized Contrast Security with the Customers’ Choice distinction in the 2021 Gartner Peer Insights “Voice of the Customer”: Application Security Testing report.

Outcomes from the Gartner Peer Insights ‘Voice of the Customer’ Report

Companies evaluating different AST solutions in the marketplace rely on Gartner Peer Insights to evaluate different vendor options. For those considering a leading AST platform, they should note of Contrast Security’s overall rating of 4.7/5.0 as of August 31, 2021, based on 74 reviews. Note, ratings were taken on a scale of 1 to 5, where 1 is “completely dissatisfied” and 5 is “completely satisfied.” 94% of customers providing reviews expressed a “willingness to recommend” Contrast Security to their peers. Contrast Security was also recognized with Customers’ Choice distinctions in the following areas:

  • Overall Rating (4.7 out of 5.0)

  • 94% of Contrast customers are willing to recommend

  • Customers’ Choice designation in North American Market

  • Rating for Support Experience (4.8 out of 5.0)

  • Rating for Product Capabilities (4.7 out of 5.0)

  • Rating for Sales Experience (4.7 out of 5.0)

  • Rating for Deployment Experience (4.6 out of 5.0)

Customers' Choice recognition

Figure 1: Contrast Security North America Customers’ Choice recognition (Source Gartner: October 2021):
North America-based view of this market, The upper right quadrant names vendors that are Customers’ Choice.

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Figure 2: Contrast Security Vendor Summary: (Source Gartner: 18 month period ending August 31, 2021)

Integrated Application Security Platform

When we look at reasons for such positive reviews and insights, there are multiple factors. One at the top of the list is our continued product evolution. In the past year, we built and released major capabilities such as:

  • New product introductions, including:

    • Contrast Scan, a pipeline-native SAST tool that is built for developers

    • Contrast Serverless Application Security, the first cloud-native security tool in the market built to test serverless functions

  • New feature introductions that include, but are not limited to:

    • New Software Supply Chain Security feature that generates a Software Bill-of-Materials (SBOM) that is NIST and Executive Order compliant

    • Support for 2021 OWASP Top 10 risks

    • Detect targeted supply chain attacks by flagging potential dependency hijacking/dependency confusion issues

    • New Continuous Attack Surface Mapping capability Updates to our Application Flow Map feature that visualizes the architecture of an application

    • Improved first-time use of Contrast through automated “at scale” deployment of agents

  • Expanded language, framework, and environment support, including Golang, Python and Scala, .NET Core, and Ruby, among others

  • Expanded ecosystem integrations including (but not limited to):

    • Just-in-time developer education and “how to fix” guidance with Secure Code Warrior,

    • Risk-based vulnerability management with Kenna Security,

    • Real time attack alerts and visibility through Azure Sentinel

    • Improved developer workflow experiences in JIRA, GitHub Issues and Azure Boards

    • Improved CI/CD pipeline automation with Maven and Azure DevOps pipelines

    • Improved DevSecOps experiences through security policy enforcement in CI/CD pipelines

Contrast Security is transforming the modern software security industry by empowering developers to build secure applications and security practitioners to defend against attacks. Contrast Security is breaking through the constraints of the traditional legacy scan and firewall approach that works from the “outside in” and “perimeter based” versus Contrast’s modern, automated and embedded model that works from the “Inside out.” Our unified platform is an ideal solution for customers that want to protect applications at DevOps speed throughout the SDLC.

Our key commitment and single-mindedness is to address overall market and customer needs and drive towards continuous improvement for their success.  We are proud to have the confidence of our global customers, and we are appreciative that many of them took the time to provide thoughtful, candid and positive feedback. We would like to thank all our customers for your reviews. If you have a Contrast Security narrative that you would like to share, we encourage you to provide your feedback via Gartner Peer Insights at:

Read a complimentary copy of the Gartner Peer Insights “Voice of the Customer”: Application Security Testing (AST) report


“Exceptional interactive application security tool.”
— Sr. Software Development Engineer

Overall Comment: "Exceptional interactive application security testing tool. We used to do the static analysis which used to take a lot of time. Since Contrast agent sits inside the application, all we just do is testing and as the application is getting exercised, it discovers all the issues. Another advantage of the platform is, apart from the IAST, we get the Contrast OSS which also does the open source package scanning as well. So a single platform is handling most of our security needs and now it has started scanning for licenses as well. "

“Continuously evolving Product with excellent support to our Security Controls in SDLC.”
— Technical Information Security Team Lead in the Services Industry

Overall Comment: "Excellent product supported by passionate people with expertise on the Security areas. From the first sales approach up to now, the support of my questions/requests has been excellent and the tool increases in value by being so well supported. Cutting edge technology and staying current with the technologies we chose and aim to use. During the 2 year (getting there) cooperation with them we were able to build and improve upon a procedure for managing code vulnerabilities in our ecosystem. Our code Security was managed by Senior Developers at first but now we aim to cascade to Junior people to imbue in them secure coding habits."

“Unparalleled insight into runtime application security.”
— DevOps Lead in the Government Industry

Overall Comment: "This is a unique product in the application security arena. Think "Application Performance Monitoring" a la NewRelic but with a security twist. It offers unparalleled insight into runtime application security."

"Contrast an excellent IAST solution for the right team."
— Pipeline Engineer in the Communications Industry

"Contrast is our primary IAST solution, and our top choice for mature teams using https based services. It provides unique value covering both 3rd party and 1st party code with the lowest amount of false positives."

"Contrast Assess makes Security Code assessments a breeze."
— Lead Application & Data Security Engineer

Overall Comment: "Contrast Assess is our go-to platform for all of our IAST analysis needs. Once up and running Contrast Assess is easy to use. Requires little tuning and continuously monitors our applications for vulnerabilities and reports in a timely fashion."

"Contrast Security - Amazing service, great product, easy to use."
— Senior Principal Software Engineer

Overall Comment: "Highly impressed with Contrast Security support services. The product is really easy to install and has tons of integrations with other CI/CD tools. The UI is very clean and reporting features are very helpful. It's been more than a year now and we have also integrated slack and our developers are very happy with the integration as they get instant notification about the vulnerabilities. Overall, this is a great tool for application security."

"Great product supported by great folks"
— Head Of Application Security

Overall Comment: "Contrast Security responds to any or all of our questions really quickly and in a timely manner. The team is always enabling us with any application security needs or questions that we have and their support really rocks. This really helps us to focus on our company wide security mission & strategies rather than vendors or tools We've used Contrast Security for over 2 years; The comments haven't changed a bit; Only better words."

"Unparalleled insight into runtime application security"
— DevOps Lead

Overall Comment: "This is a unique product in the application security arena. Think "Application Performance Monitoring" a la NewRelic but with a security twist. It offers unparalleled insight into runtime application security."

"Top of IAST vendors"
— R&D/Product Development

Overall Comment: "Among the IAST products, the number of supported languages and supported M/Ws is particularly outstanding. The speed of response to user requests and the expansion of functionality are also excellent."

REPORT: 2021 Gartner Peer Insights ‘Voice of the Customer’: Application Security Testing Customers’ Choice


Jaweed Metz, Director of Customer Marketing, Contrast Security

Jaweed Metz, Director of Customer Marketing, Contrast Security

Jaweed has extensive experience in B2B product and corporate marketing and strategic alliance partnership primarily in cybersecurity and network mgmt. He has extensive marketing proficiency including strategy, branding, ROI and revenue. Experience in corporate and brand strategy and joint go-to-market campaigns with alliance and channel partners. He has product software and hardware launch expertise in successful start-up and enterprise environments as well as working in customer success and advocacy programs.