Check out how the GitGuardian Platform compares to GitLab Secret Detection, which is based on an open-source secrets scanner.
The main difference was that with Gitleaks, you don't have the interface for incident management. It's really just detection. GitGuardian was the whole environment that we really needed to work at scale.
Melvin Mohadeb, Security Engineer at Payfit
GitGuardian is the code security platform for the DevOps generation that offers automated Secrets Detection, Infra as Code Security, and Honeytoken capabilities, facilitating a Secure Software Development Lifecycle for Dev, Sec, and Ops teams.
GitLab Secret Detection uses an analyzer containing the Gitleaks tool to scan the repository for secrets.
++ You need "single pane of glass" monitoring for your centralized security team and want to roll out secrets detection and remediation to your entire engineering ecosystem (supporting GitHub but also GitLab, Bitbucket, or Azure DevOps).
++ You require a dependable secrets detection engine that supports 350+ specific, generic, and custom patterns while maintaining high accuracy and recall.
++ You want a fully integrated platform with capabilities like alerting, incident triage, automated remediation workflows, RBAC and team management, developer tools (API, CLI, and SDK), and analytics.
++ You fall in our free tier; free and easy to use is excellent!
++ You want to deal with one code security vendor.
++ You want to implement minimum security standards across multiple disciplines.
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Platforms such as GitLab provide advanced security packs that include secret scanning feature. However, it's essential to compare their accuracy and coverage of detectors, and collaboration capabilities to GitGuardian when making a decision.
GitLab Secret Detection is designed specifically for GitLab. It only scans the repository's code and does not look for secrets in other areas, such as CI/CD pipelines or server configurations.
GitGuardian supports native integrations with multiple VCS platforms, including GitHub, Bitbucket, GitLab, and Azure DevOps. This means teams using multiple VCS platforms can use the same security solution across their repositories.
GitLab Secret Detection has limited capabilities in detecting all types of secrets, as it relies on predefined patterns, which may not detect complex or obfuscated secrets.
On the other hand, GitGuardian's detection engine provides both specific and generic detectors, and enables custom regex patterns, making it more adaptable to specific needs. GitGuardian supports a wider range of secret types, including API keys, tokens, and certificates, making it more effective in detecting potential secrets incidents.
GitLab Secret Detection may flag some code as containing a secret even if it is not actually a secret.
GitGuardian's detection engine filters out false positives by performing secret validity checks and contextual code analysis. The true positive rate for specific detectors is 91%, while the true positive rate for generic detectors is 80%. Additionally, GitGuardian groups multiple occurrences of secrets exposed across files and repositories into a single incident.
GitLab Secret Detection has limited incident management and issue tracking features compared to GitGuardian, which can make it harder to manage incidents and collaborate with team members.
With GitGuardian playbooks, organizations can respond to incidents quickly and effectively, automating alerting, ticketing, severity scoring, prioritizing, and collaboration tasks with developers. This leads to faster elimination of high-severity incidents with custom remediation advice.
While GitLab Secret Detection can be integrated with other tools through custom webhooks, there are fewer built-in integrations. This can make it more difficult to integrate with other systems and tools in your team's workflow.
GitGuardian empowers you to work with all the tools and frameworks you use. You can receive alerts directly in Slack or Discord if a secret is discovered. You can report incidents to Jira and Pagerduty or create some custom webhooks.
GitLab provides support for its products, including GitLab Secret Detection, through its documentation, knowledge base, and support ticketing system. However, support levels depend on the GitLab subscription level, and there may be limited options for organizations with specific support needs or requirements.
Customer support is free with GitGuardian: POC exercises, phased rollout and scaling, onboarding programs, dedicated technical account managers for regular communication, etc.
The solution has significantly reduced our mean time to remediation, by three or four months. We wouldn't know about it until we did our quarterly or semi-annual review for secrets and scan for secrets.
Jon-Erik Schneiderhan, Senior Site Reliability Engineer at a computer software company with 501-1,000 employees