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GitGuardian Internal Monitoring vs GitHub Advanced Security

Understand how GitGuardian Internal Monitoring compares with GitHub Advanced Security, so you can find the best fit for you.

Compare GitGuardian to GitHub Advanced Security
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Hey there! If you’re deep in the research process of choosing a new git secrets scanning solution then you’re probably looking to compare GitGuardian with other options to determine whether it might be right for you. To help make this as easy as possible, we’ve put together a detailed overview of how GitGuardian Internal Monitoring stacks up to GitHub’s secret scanning.

Before we dive into the comparison of the main features we first need to acknowledge the difference in business models between GitHub Advanced Security and GitGuardian Internal Monitoring.

The difference in business models

GitHub’s security features, including secret scanning, are covered under the GitHub Advanced Security license. This is an additional product in addition to a standard GitHub Enterprise license. Currently, there are three security categories covered in GitHub’s Advanced Security, these are:

An advantage of purchasing GitHub’s Advanced Security license is that you are dealing with a single vendor for multiple security disciplines. The disadvantage of this approach is that you cannot pick specific security vendors which have more in-depth coverage in their specific discipline. For example Snyk for dependency scanning and GitGuardian for secrets scanning. So the decision is between wanting the best possible coverage and dealing with multiple vendors or, dealing with a single vendor.

As mentioned previously, GitHub Advanced Security is a platform covering different elements of application security. This page will evaluate one element of the GitHub security package, Secret Scanning, with GitGuardian’s Internal Monitoring.

Now let’s dive into how GitHub Advanced Security Secret Scanning compares with GitGuardian Internal Monitoring solution.

Let's compare!

The space is evolving quickly, and we make our best efforts to keep information on our competitors up to date. If you see any information that you consider outdated or unfair with our competitors, please contact us and we will immediately set the record straight!

General capabilities

(for both public and internal monitoring products)

GitGuardian

GitHub Advanced Security

Desktop Screen

Enriched interface and centralization of incidents

GitGuardian

GitHub Advanced Security

Rich UI with all data needed for investigation and remediation

Green Check

Yes

++ Results are displayed in the "security" section of a given repository (see here)

InfoSec team view (global view)

Green Check

Yes

-- No centralized interface for Infosec team or Github admin team

Developer view (local view)

Green Check

Yes

++ Developer with sufficient rights at the repo level can see the "security" section

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Detection

Harvest candidates

Filter false positives

GitGuardian

GitHub Advanced Security

Regular expressions to match known, distinct patterns

Green Check

Yes - Over %ndet% secrets detectors (API keys, database connection strings, certificates, usernames and passwords, ...)

++ 135 supported types of secrets

High entropy checks to match credentials without distinct patterns and enter “paranoid” mode

Green Check

Yes, in combination with other techniques to get rid of false positives.

-- Not supported

Contextual analysis

Green Check

Yes. The context of a presumed credential can help a lot to filter bad candidates (e.g. the import of an API wrapper is a strong indicator of a true positive).

Credential validity checks

Green Check

Yes, where feasible.

Dictionary of anti-patterns

Green Check

Yes - Ability to exclude folders such as test folders and filter certain credentials like those containing "EXAMPLE" or "QWERTY" in them (placeholders).

Feedback loop to constantly improve the algorithms

Green Check

Yes. Approx. %secrets-scanned-in-a-day% alerts sent per day!

Sensitive File names

Green Check

Sensitive filetypes raise specific alerts: policy breaks.

-- Not supported

Ability to define custom detectors

Green Check

Yes, but only through our support and if the detector can be deployed for all customers. Full ability to define custom detectors to be expected in H2 2021.

++ Supported, with regular expression syntax

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Implementation method

GitGuardian

GitHub Advanced Security

Instance Level

Green Check

Yes

++ Yes

Org Level

Green Check

Yes, native GitHub app at organisation level (simple integration)

++ Yes

Individual repository level

Green Check

Yes, upon integration of a GHE organization, users can choose to:
- give access to only one repository in particular
- give access to all repositories (and the ones that will be created).

++ Yes

Secrets Detection API

Green Check

Core detection engine can be used to scan any type of text files (Slack messages, Gdivre, Jira tickets, etc.) More information: here

-- No secret detection API (GitHub’s available API can be used to fetch alerts)

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Alerting

GitGuardian

GitHub Advanced Security

Real-time alerting

Green Check

Yes

Email alerting

Green Check

Yes

++ Email alert to the repository administrators, organization owners and commit author

Splunk

Green Check

Native integration

-- Not supported

Integration with most common SIEMs or ITSMs

Green Check

Yes

Slack alerting

Green Check

Yes

-- Not supported

JIRA

Green Check

Native integration (Q4 2021)

-- Not supported

Custom webhook to integrate anywhere

Green Check

Available to push alerts (JSON output format)

++ Available

GitLab Issues

Red X

Not supported

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Incident Life Cycle Management

GitGuardian

GitHub Advanced Security

Collect and structure weak signals to prioritize incidents

Green Check

Yes - For example, credentials containing “admin” or “prod” in their context can be prioritized.

Ability to assign incidents / mark them as resolved / etc.

Green Check

Yes

Whitelisting

Green Check

Yes - Whitelist credentials or folders such as test folders.

++ Yes

Grouping / deduplication of alerts

Green Check

Yes - Multiple alerts related to the same leaked credential are grouped and can be resolved in a unified manner. No need to triage/resolve every single occurrence.

-- Not supported

REST API

Green Check

API to retrieve and update secrets incidents

++ Yes

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Reporting

GitGuardian

GitHub Advanced Security

In app

Green Check

Yes - Global Health Status, MTTD / MTTR, etc.

-- No centralized view

Data exporting

Green Check

Yes - Enriched data can be exported in CSV format.

-- Real-time incidents can be programmatically retrieved using the API.

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Security

GitGuardian

GitHub Advanced Security

SSO authentication

Green Check

Yes

++ Yes

RBAC

Green Check

Yes - Roles available: Owner / Manager (Admin) / Members.

++ Secret scanning access rights can be granted by Admins / Repo owners to certain users/teams

Audit trail

Green Check

Yes

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Public monitoring product

(On top of general capabilities)

GitGuardian

GitHub Advanced Security

Monitoring

GitGuardian

GitHub Advanced Security

Monitor all GitHub public activity, at scale

Green Check

Yes

Reliably filter public activity on GitHub that is linked with your company

Green Check

Yes - We have the ability to match developers, source code and companies using a unique combination of heuristics. Contact us, we will show you our results for your company!

Identify and monitor developers’ personal repositories

Green Check

Yes - This is where 80% of corporate leaks occur on GitHub.

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Deployment
of the solution

GitGuardian

GitHub Advanced Security

Available in SaaS

Green Check

Yes

Available On Prem

Red X

No - GitGuardian Public Monitoring scans only public data, thus on prem is often not a requirement for our customers.

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Internal monitoring product

(On top of general capabilities)

GitGuardian

GitHub Advanced Security

Integration with the Version Control System

GitGuardian

GitHub Advanced Security

GitHub native integration

Green Check

Yes - Integration at the GitHub Org level with the ability to select monitored repositories

GitLab native integration

Green Check

Yes - Integration at the instance level on full perimeter or at the group level

Bitbucket native integration

Green Check

Yes - Bitbucket Server/Data Center customer only

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SDLC stage scanning capabilities

GitGuardian

GitHub Advanced Security

Pre-commit

Green Check

Supported through GitGuardian Shield (view documentation here)

-- Not supported

Pre-push

Green Check

Supported through GitGuardian Shield (view documentation here)

-- Not supported

Pre-receive

Green Check

Supported but not recommended because "pre receive" can block developers and create friction

-- Not supported

Post-receive

Green Check

Yes, supported natively. Real-time incremental scanning.

++ Yes

CI pipeline

Green Check

Natively integrates with GitLab pipelines, in addition to CircleCI, Travis CI, Drone CI...

++ Yes, runs with GitHub Actions

Full historical scan

Green Check

Yes, can be launched on-demand through the interface

-- Not supported

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Secure the SDLC and more

GitGuardian

GitHub Advanced Security

Detection API to integrate anywhere in the SLDC and the tools developers use

Green Check

Yes - Integrate GitGuardian as a pre-commit or scan Slack messages for secrets using our API (that can be self-hosted)

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“Shift left”

GitGuardian

GitHub Advanced Security

Put the developer in the loop

Green Check

InfoSec can collect feedback from the developers directly in the dashboard and collaborate in order to remediate.

-- Infosec team not involved and kept out of the equation.

“Auto-heal” incidents

Green Check

Developers have the ability to resolve certain incidents by themselves without involving InfoSec if not needed.

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Alerting

GitGuardian

GitHub Advanced Security

Notification for the developer, directly in the VCS frontend

Green Check

Yes - GitHub only

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Deployment of the solution

GitGuardian

GitHub Advanced Security

Available in SaaS

Green Check

Yes

++ Yes

Available On Prem

Green Check

Yes - For more than 200 developers or 30k$ annual contract

++ Yes

Pricing

Green Check

Individual developer: Free
Small team (<25 dev): Free
Enterprise (>25 dev): Yearly fee based on the number of developers included in the surveillance perimeter

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Multi source scanning

GitGuardian

GitHub Advanced Security

VCS

Green Check

Integrates natively with GitHub, in addition to GitLab and Bitbucket.

++ Yes, limited to GitHub

Docker image scanning

Green Check

Yes

-- Not supported

Other sources

Green Check

REST API to scan any plain text by leveraging GitGuardian’s secrets detection engine.

-- Not supported

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The short version

Choosing between GitHub Advanced Security and GitGuardian Internal Monitoring is a choice between deciding if you want to deal with one vendor for multiple critical security disciplines or multiple vendors that have the most extensive coverage in their discipline.

The answer to what solution to buy will very much depend on your precise requirements and also what current tools and solutions you already have in place.

To understand more and advise on your specific scenario please don’t hesitate to contact our sales team.

GitGuardian application dashboard

GitGuardian is best if:

  • You want the most comprehensive secret detection coverage across the board
  • Your organization is currently using different security tools already for SAST or detecting dependencies in vulnerabilities, and you’re looking to add secret detection to your existing toolkit rather than buying a generic code security solution
  • You want advanced remediation playbooks
  • You want to empower both security teams and developers
Alternative service interface

GitHub Advanced Security is best if:

  • You want to deal with one code security vendor
  • You want to quickly implement minimum security standards

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