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 If you see any information that you consider outdated or unfair with our competitors, please contact us and we will immediately set the record straight!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 GitGuardian Internal Monitoring product)

GitGuardian

GitHub Advanced Security

Core detection capabilities / supported policies

GitGuardian

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Supported providers

250+ types of secrets supported with high accuracy level provided by the ability to check the validity of some type of keys before raising an alert

Around 35 supported providers

Generic Secrets

“Paranoïd mode” based on the powerful combination of entropy checks + contextual analysis of the presumed secret

Not supported

Sensitive File names

Sensitive filetypes raise specific alerts: policy breaks.

Not supported

Ability to define custom patterns

On roadmap (H2 2021)

Not supported

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Implementation method

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GitHub Enterprise - Instance Level

Not supported for now (on the roadmap)

Not supported for now (on the roadmap)

GitHub Enterprise - Org Level

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

Yes

GitHub Enterprise - Individual repository level

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

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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SDLC stage scanning capabilities

GitGuardian

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Pre-commit

Supported through GitGuardian Shield (view documentation here)

Not supported

Pre-push

Supported through GitGuardian Shield (view documentation here)

Not supported

Pre-receive

Not recommended because "pre receive" can block developers and create friction

Not supported

Post-receive

Yes, supported natively with the GitHub app. Real-time incremental scanning.

Yes

Full historical scan

Yes, can be launched on-demand through the interface

Not supported

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Interface and centralization of alerts

GitGuardian

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Results visualization / Output format

Rich UI / centralized dashboard for Infosec and GitHub admin teams

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

Infosec team view

Rich UI / centralized dashboard for Infosec and GitHub admin teams

No centralized interface for Infosec team or Github admin team

Developer / Engineering view

“Developer in the loop” feature (local access to the dashboard for developers), GitGuardian is also compatible with GitHub Actions and GitHub check runs.
GitGuardian-shield can also be implemented in most CI Tools.

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

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RBAC

GitGuardian

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Roles available

Owner / Manager (admin) / Members

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

SSO

Full compatibility with any SAML 2.0 provider

Yes

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Alerting

GitGuardian

truffleHog

Email

Email alert to dashboard members (Infosec team) and commit author

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

Splunk

Native integration

Not supported

Slack

Native integration

Not supported

JIRA

Native integration (Q4 2021)

Not supported

Custom webhook to integrate anywhere

Available to push alerts (JSON output format)

Available

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Reporting

GitGuardian

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In-app

Yes, rich UI with centralized metrics to assess security posture over time and remediation performance.

No centralized view

Data exporting

All data is exportable in .csv (including historical incidents)

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

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Collaborative remediation

GitGuardian

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Collaborative remediation

“Developer in the loop” feature allows Infosec team to collect feedback directly from the developer responsible for an incident through the dashboard.

Infosec team not involved and kept out of the equation.

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Incident lifecycle management

GitGuardian

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Whitelisting

Yes; ability to mark test keys and whitelist future occurrences of such keys.

Yes

Grouping/deduplication of alerts

Multiple alerts related to the same leaked credential are grouped and can be resolved in a unified manner. Triaging and resolving multiple occurrences in bulk is possible.

Not supported

REST API

API to retrieve and update secrets incidents

Yes

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Multi source scanning

GitGuardian

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VCS

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

Yes, limited to GitLab

Docker Image scanning

Yes

Not supported

Other sources

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

Not supported

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Deployment method

GitGuardian

truffleHog

Available in SaaS

Yes

Yes

Available On-Prem

Yes

Yes

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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 vs github advanced security for git secrets scanning

GitGuardian Internal Monitoring 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

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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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