Burp Suite Pro vs Enterprise what the differences are, is as popular as what the difference within Burp Suite Pro vs Free edition that cover by dedicated post separately.
Burp Suite Pro or Burp Suite Professional is target to use by pentester, secure developer and bug bounty hurter or web application security tester or someone required to perform manipulate web application traffic and exercise full control or manipulation to actually exploit the web application by perform various web application ethical hacking or document down how the person is bypass or manipulate the web application to achieve the objective he or she in mind. Due to full control in mind, this software is targeted to use on the laptop, desktop or workstation the person directly interactive during the scan performs some on time decision here and there. Typically they are the one technically know how to use various Burp Suite pro provided toolkit suites and modules, cross using them to achieve the technical objective they have in mind. Outsourced or 3rd party web application security pentesting, we expect the testing result is not merely run the automated scan, but human manually validate and perform various tests where complete manual or semi-auto beside complete auto web scanning and testing. The benefit is full control, but on the other side is time consuming, since most of the web scanning and testing is basically the tester time involved, making on time decisions here or there. Of course, it can be use to perform click and scan automated scan result as well, but true and value of the Burp Suite Professional is on the manual and full control, so you can use it for all kind of testing challenge you encounter once you get used to the product, and willing to spend the learning curve with it to know how to perform various test. We hope this provides a very easy to understand use case and typical persona profile with the above explanation.
In comparison with Burp Suite Enterprise Edition, it is a server class solution, most of the user access to it via web access, regardless where you are via the standard web client / server architecture. The target persona profile is for the enterprise, corporation and government agencies who typically have a department and unit setup for handling the enterprise web asset, web security and web portal security, require to ongoing perform scheduler scanning and knowing the potential vulnerability all the time in the form of real time dashboard, showing how many potential vulnerability for the website or group of website, depending on how the enterprise is divide and manage their web asset. As such, you expect Burp Suite Enterprise is designed to be multi user by nature, different users access and depend on the access right given, to allow initial scan, to view only, etc based on the enterprise workgroup and workflow requirements. Due to the huge volume of websites involved, the customer is expected for automation, this is why Burp Suite Enterprise Edition is designed as an automated web scanner, come with scheduler, dashboard and automation. Those features are not with the Burp Suite Professional. Same as well, advance and complex manual full control and testing capability is not with Burp Suite Enterprise Edition, because the target persona profile is not the one will use it or know how to use them, since the user group more as information security or someone handling for operation scan, but not the web application penetration testing specialist like Burp Suite Professional that can be served. Another group of users will be toward Burp Suite Enterprise is the Secure DevOps or more modern term DevSecOps initiative, where involved CI/CD seamless integration and delivery automation, use the API to access and perform dynamic application security testing (DAST) follow the SDLC and DevSecOps workflow.
The above are the most important differences, and the result, like the way it is licensed, is actually not the real consideration. Since Burp Suite Professional is individual and user centric, this is why it is licensed by the user and beware what it can do and what it can not do. For Burp Suite Enterprise Edition, where indeed “enterprise”-centric, for enterprise look for automated web scanner, for scheduler, dashboard and DevSecOps CI/CD seamless integration and delivery automation. As such, Burp Suite Enterprise is license by per server and how many scanning instance, since the bigger the volume of the website and distribute the enterprise to perform the scanning, the more scanning instance agent to be deployed to scan and passing all the scanning information into centralize dashboard to visualize all the real time dashboard for various enterprise web applications cyber exposure decision, and use among secure DevOps or DevSecOps context.
Please use the below table, we hope to help you sum up the above in as concise and easy to understand way as possible.
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Feel free to contact E-SPIN to provide free consultancy required for the subject matters, if you do not know how it should be chosen. Be aware, for most of the enterprise context, some mix of both Burp Suite Professional and Burp Suite Enterprise is completely rational, since you may want to have scheduler, ongoing automated web scanning and real time dashboard for various enterprise decision making or use it with other secure DevOps or DevSecOps workflow. But at the same time, you know the limitation of automated web scanner (basically all automated web scanner in the world is based on prescript to perform the scan, as such area where automated web scanner can not be cover or not effective to do so, got to complement it with manual web application security testing, where Burp Suite Professional is come in the value). Of course if it is merely single user use case and the objective is just perform project or ad hoc or one time web scanning, then it obviously that is fit for Burp Suite Professional, unless it is for scheduler, dashboard and DevSecOps seamless integration and delivery automation involved, where it the case for the Burp Suite Enterprise.
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