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Go beyond GitHub Advanced Security

GitGuardian monitors GitHub round the clock to look for your organization’s secrets and sensitive data. Find hardcoded API keys, database credentials, private keys, and a lot more in public or private git repositories.

  • %ndet%+ supported types of secrets and sensitive files
  • Historical scanning & real-time protection
  • Native integration with GitHub
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Why is GitGuardian better than
GitHub Advanced Security?

We bring Dev. Sec. and Ops.


Set up pre-commit Git hooks and catch hardcoded secrets before you push your work.


Act on high-fidelity alerts and empower your developers to remediate their own incidents.

Devops & sres

Harden your CI/CD pipelines with automated secrets scanning and never deploy a secret again.

How do we compare to
GitHub Advanced Security’s
Secret Scanning?


GitHub Advanced Security

Automated detection


GitHub Advanced Security


%ndet%+ 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

135 providers supported


• 22 sensitive filenames detected (ex: id_rsa, .env)
• 14 file extensions detected (ex: .key, .cert)
• enforce the presence of .gitignore files

Not supported

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SDLC stages scanning


GitHub Advanced Security

Git Hooks

Supported through GitGuardian CLI app "ggshield", for teams fully embracing Shift Left | Works for Pre-commit, Pre-push, Pre-receive

Not supported

Docker image scanning

Yes, scanning covers Dockerfile, build arguments, and the image's layers' filesystem

Not supported

CI pipelines

Yes, runs with GitHub Actions, GitLab pipelines, Bitbucket pipelines, Azure pipelines, Jenkins CI, Circle CI, Drone CI, and Travis CI

Yes, runs with GitHub Actions

VCS integration (multi VCS)

Yes, runs with GitHub, GitLab, Bitbucket

No, only supports GitHub

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User Interface


GitHub Advanced Security

Developer and Security collaboration

Developers can get access to incidents via the GitGuardian dashboard or via a link to an external page to view incident details, fill a feedback form and remediate the incident on their own.

Collaboration is only possible for developers with sufficient rights to access the Security section on the repository. Scoped views are not available.

User interface/ dashboard

Rich UI/centralized dashboard for Security and Incident Response teams.

Yes, centralized interface for Security teams or Github admin teams (Security Overview feature).

Roles and permissions

Yes, the available roles "Workspace Owner", "Manager" (admin), "Member" and "Restricted" are designed for fine-grained access control down to the occurrence level.

Secret scanning access rights can be granted by organization admins/repository owners to security managers (still in beta) or select developers.

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These folks also get it.
Here’s what they have to say

The initial setup was very straightforward. The deployment time was five minutes. It was the easiest integration I've ever done.We've hooked up other stuff to GitHub before, and it usually involves a few steps. But with GitGuardian, I just generated a token and walked through it. I don't think I even read the documentation. I just found what I wanted to do, made a token, and it connected right up.

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Danny, Chief Software Architect

We compared GitGuardian to GitHub's Advanced Security features. GitGuardian was chosen because it has superior functionality when it comes to detection.

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Igor Klyashchitskiy, Director of Development

We looked at some open-source solutions like TruffleHog, and we also looked at the GitHub Secret Scanning, but the issue was that it was bundled with their Advanced Security, which we were not planning to purchase. GitGuardian just made perfect sense for us.

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Anonymous reviewer, DevSecOps

Go Beyond GitHub Advanced Security

Understand how GitGuardian compares with GitHub Advanced Security,
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