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Choosing the right code security solution can be challenging

With more than 20 open-source projects, platforms like GitHub or GitLab, and other security vendors offering secrets detection and Infrastructure-as-Code security, finding the best solution for your organization takes time and effort. So before committing, do your research.

Our product comparisons examine every feature to help you decide between GitGuardian, the #1 security app on GitHub Marketplace, and other solutions.
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What should you look for in a code security platform?

If you are here, you already know hardcoded secrets can weaken your security posture, and you want to tackle the problem. But how should you evaluate the different options, and what pitfalls should you avoid?
  • Can it provide complete visibility over your SDLC?

    Opt for a solution that gives visibility into every corner of your software development lifecycle. Ideally, the solution should connect to your Version Control Systems (GitHub, GitLab, Bitbucket, Azure Repos), CI/CD tools, and package registries; and map all the assets it should monitor.With solutions requiring manual input of your assets, you may be missing visibility over some of the developer activity and areas of risk in your software development lifecycle.

    Also, look for a solution that provides an aggregated view of your incident data in a rich user interface or dashboard. It will be easier for your security and development teams to find, investigate, and collaborate on remediating their incidents.

  • Does it provide wide coverage?

    Organizations often don’t have a complete inventory of the third-party services or internal components their development teams create and maintain. Without this information, you should look for a solution that supports detecting a wide range of secrets – specific, generic, or even custom patterns.

  • Does it raise a lot of false positives?

    If a solution cries wolf, its adoption by security engineers and developers will likely be low. Over time, false positives lead to “alert fatigue.” From our experience, users of specific open-source secret scanners report many false positives. Secrets scanners that rely on entropy checks without performing additional contextual analysis of the code are prone to this.‍

    Tip: Don’t be lured by the false promise of zero false positives. If a code security tool does not report false positives, chances are high that it silently skips real findings.

  • How can it help with incident remediation?

    Detection is only the start; you must also devise a process for remediating hardcoded secrets. Opt for a solution that will support your teams throughout remediation with features like automated alerting, ticketing, prioritization, and collaboration. Make sure that the solution of your choice also integrates developers in the process.

  • Can it teach your developers secure coding practices on the job?

    Developers are responsible for hardcoding secrets during software development. Pick a solution capable of providing your developers with early feedback and alerting them while writing code in their IDE or creating a pull/merge request. This will heighten their security senses and help prevent exposing more secrets.

  • How easy is it for security engineers and developers to use?

    The right solution will help you remediate more incidents in less time. The key is finding one that’s powerful yet intuitive. If it takes your team months to get the hang of it and integrate it within your existing pipeline, that’s a lot of lost time and productivity.

    Tip: Read vendor reviews to see how easy end users find a solution. Check out these examples from GitGuardian users on Capterra, G2, PeerSpot, Sourceforge, etc.

  • Can it scale with your business requirements over time?

    Prefer a solution that will adapt to your evolving technological stack. Ideally, it should integrate with multiple source control servers, CI/CD systems, package registries, etc. It should also be able to scan hundreds or thousands of repositories, regardless of their size, covering all code contributions from your developers. If your organization has strict data privacy requirements, look for a solution that can be self-hosted on your infrastructure.

  • What level of support can you expect from its maintainers?

    Addressing secrets sprawl in an organization is a complex and cumbersome task. A dedicated support team with specialized experts can help accelerate onboarding during the initial pilot, have a smooth setup and deployment process, devise remediation workflows, discuss product-related questions, and provide answers almost instantly.

    Tip: Ask your vendor for reference calls and similar deployment examples.

GitGuardian Internal Monitoring vs. Open Source Alternatives

Choosing GitGuardian or an open-source solution is a question of build or buy. Remember that most open-source solutions will only provide the detection layer; everything else will be up to you.

Open-source alternatives

GitGuardian vs TruffleHog
TruffleHog is a popular open source secret-scanning engine, written in Go.

Open-source alternatives

GitGuardian vs gitLeaks
Gitleaks is a popular SAST tool for detecting and preventing hardcoded secrets like passwords, API keys, and tokens in code repositories.

Open-source alternatives

GitGuardian vs Yelp/detect-secrets
Yelp’s detect-secrets is an open-source project that lets you run periodic diff outputs against regex statements, to catch hardcoded secrets.

GitGuardian Internal Monitoring vs. VCS Security Packs

Platforms like GitHub or GitLab also offer secrets scanning in their advanced security packs. When comparing them to GitGuardian, the accuracy and coverage of the detectors, collaboration capabilities, and total cost of ownership should guide your decision.


GitGuardian vs GitHub Advanced Security
GitHub makes extra security features, like secrets scanning, available to customers under an Advanced Security license.


GitGuardian vs GitLab Secret Detection
GitLab includes secrets detection in all its tiers but some advanced features are only available for GitLab Ultimate customers.

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Why do users switch from
other options to GitGuardian?

With GitGuardian actions, we were able to take all repos to the cloud, which is better. We also weren't able to see the coding history before, such as who left a password in the code. With GitGuardian, you can see everything in the history. You can clean things well when you are able to see the historical changes in the code. We also tried open-source tools, but the false positives made them a waste of time.
Emre Ceevik, Devops Engineer

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We were using another product on GitHub, similar to GitGuardian, but it was not really as good as GitGuardian. The graphical interface and the detail GitGuardian gives you are really amazing. And there are fewer false positives than any other platform. We are able to notify developers of issues on the spot and tell them, "You have exposed a secret." It is absolutely brilliant.
Abbas Haidar, Head of InfoSec

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