See for yourself how the GitGuardian Platform stacks up against Gitleaks, AN open-source tool for scanning secrets.
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.
Gitleaks is an open-source secret scanner for git repositories, files, and directories.
++ In your application security program, you want to address secrets detection and scale it to involve the entire security and engineering departments of your business.
++ You need an all-encompassing platform that goes beyond detection and has features like alerting, incident prioritization, triage, automated remediation workflows, role-based access management, a REST API, a CLI for developers, etc.
++ You need enterprise-grade software (SaaS or self-hosted), able to manage the continuous monitoring of thousands of repositories and contributing developers.
++ You are in our free tier, and free and user-friendly combined make it a great tool!
++ Secrets detection may not yet be a top priority on your application security roadmap, so you just want to assess the issue.
++ You would prefer to begin with open-source tools and add the features that are lacking later: integrations for source control and alerting, incident lifecycle management, issue tracking, collaboration tools, role-based access management (RBAC), etc.
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Gitleaks is good for addressing hardcoded secrets, but its limited features may not suffice for large enterprises. GitGuardian is a more comprehensive code security solution with additional features and support, making it a better choice for enterprise-level organizations.
Gitleaks is designed to run on a single server and does not scale well for large organizations with multiple repositories.
Without having to worry about scalability, GitGuardian can be used on numerous and very large codebases. We have increased the size limit for repositories from 1 GB to 12 GB so that you can add the largest repositories to your perimeter and launch a historical scan.
Gitleaks lacks an incident management interface, reporting, and analysis capabilities, which makes it difficult to understand the scope and impact of a security incident.
In contrast, the GitGuardian Platform provides a comprehensive and user-friendly interface for coordination between Dev, Sec, and Ops teams. Start scans and review their findings, assign developers on your team to open-secret incidents with restricted roles, prioritize remediation, monitor progress with analytics and reporting.
Gitleaks uses regex patterns to identify secrets, which can lead to both false positives and false negatives. The accuracy of its results is heavily dependent on the accuracy of the regex patterns. This means that the tool may not always catch new or emerging patterns.
GitGuardian, on the other hand, offers various detection capabilities, including custom regex patterns, specific and generic detectors, secret validity checks, and contextual code analysis for eliminating false positives.
Gitleaks lacks incident response management and remediation capabilities.
In contrast, GitGuardian enables automated alerting, ticketing, severity scoring, prioritizing, a feedback loop with Dev teams, and resolution with custom remediation guidelines. With GitGuardian, Sec engineers can enhance productivity, and Dev teams can gain visibility and control over the exposure of secrets.
Compared to our solution, Gitleaks offers users less official support.
GitGuardian offers a wide range of customer support services, such as Proof-of-Concept (PoC) tests, phased rollout and scaling, quick implementation with onboarding programs, technical account managers responsible for regular check-ins and feedback collection, 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