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Detect intruders in your software supply chain.

Attackers will always find a way to compromise your software supply chain, but with honeytokens, you can stay one step ahead. Deploy at scale, monitor for unauthorized use, and detect intrusions before it's too late. With Honeytoken, you'll know where, who, and how they're trying to access your confidential data.

Okta's source code stolen after GitHub repositories hacked

Okta, a leading provider of authentication services and Identity and Access Management (IAM) solutions, says that its private GitHub repositories were hacked.

CircleCI security alert: Rotate any secrets stored in CircleCI

On December 29, 2022, we were alerted to suspicious GitHub OAuth activity by one of our customers. This notification kicked off a deeper review by CircleCI’s security team with GitHub.

Twitter's Source Code Leak on GitHub a Potential Cyber Nightmare

Twitter experienced a source code leak, which involved a portion of its codebase being uploaded to a GitHub repository. The leaked code reportedly contained some of the social media platform's internal tools and capabilities.

Safeguard your software supply chain with Honeytoken

  • While fortifications and controls like SCM governance, IAM best practices, cloud security posture hardening, and secret scanning can significantly improve the security posture of an organization, the sad truth is that no security measure is foolproof. Even with the implementation of advanced security frameworks like SLSA or NIST SP 800-161, there's still a risk of getting breached.
  • Attackers are becoming more sophisticated in their tactics and constantly trying to penetrate even the most well-secured systems through your software supply chain components, including SCM systems, CI/CD pipelines, and artifact registries.
  • Exposed credentials or secrets found especially in source code, configuration, or logs can enable lateral movement for attackers.

Unveiling the key players in honeytoken deployment and management

One powerful platform for developers, site reliability engineers, and secops analysts.


As code owners, devs will place the honeytokens

Help disseminate the honeytokens with a simple and fun workflow.


Holds high privileges in the infrastructure

Deploy honeytokens on Terraform files in S3 buckets, CI environment variables, and the vault using ggshield.


Plays a crucial role in the Honeytoken initiative

Create, manage, monitor honeytokens, and respond to alerts generated by them. Utilize automation for dissemination.

How does GitGuardian Honeytoken work?

Step 1

Create a honeytoken through the GitGuardian dashboard or API.

Step 2

Copy the honeytoken and deploy it in your code, Jenkins environment, etc.

Step 3

The attacker gets access to the system and trips over the honeytoken.

Step 4

We send instant alerts to notify your Security and SOC team.

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Trick the Attacker. Track the Attack.

Stop intruders in their tracks and safeguard your SDLC with GitGuardian Honeytoken. Attackers using automated detection can't help tripping over such honeytokens.

Get an ultimate safety net for your entire perimeter.

  • Embed honeytokens across the SDLC, including your laptops, source control, CI/CD pipelines, internal registries, internal wikis, messaging, and project management tools.
  • Be alerted only for genuine security threats. Our detection engine distinguishes honeytokens from real secrets incidents, resulting in a low false positive rate.
  • Each time you fix a secret with GitGuardian, use a sweet trick - create a honeytoken with GitGuardian API or CLI, ggshield and catch intruders quick!
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Be the first to arrive on the scene in case of an intrusion.

  • Receive instant alerts reducing Mean-Time-To-Detect a breach to a few minutes.
  • Easily integrate granular event alerts with your favorite SIEMs and ITSMs using custom webhooks.
  • Investigate triggered honeytokens with relevant information, such as the IP address of the intruder, timestamp, source, contextual tags, and the event that triggered it.
  • Respond accordingly to the triggered honeytokens with our guidelines.
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Early Detection. Easy Deployment. Minimal False Positives.

Detect and limit the impact of supply chain security breaches

  • Easily deploy honeytokens in your software supply chain to detect any breach there.
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  • Protect multiple repositories by creating honeytokens on a large enterprise scale using our public API.
  • Gain automatic visibility of your codebase and honeytokens, allowing for easy identification of their accidental placement in multiple repositories.
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Detect code leakage

  • Be alerted about the leak of your honeytoken on public GitHub with the “Publicly exposed” flag.
  • Identify public leaks of your private repos and prioritize the remediation of secrets in those repos.
  • See contextual information on how the honeytoken was triggered.
  • Save time and resources with an easy way to detect code leakage and prevent further data loss.
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Secure time for remediation of historical secrets incidents

  • Deploy honeytokens across every repo with a secret leak occurrence for instant breach detection while you focus on resolving incidents at scale.
  • Prioritize accordingly if any valid secrets were found in codebases where a honeytoken was triggered, and invalidate those credentials as soon as possible.
  • Receive immediate alerts when private code goes public, enabling rapid measures to protect exposed secrets and prevent unauthorized access.
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Trusted by security leaders at the world’s biggest companies

I recently saw the Honeytoken beta, and I'm impressed with the concept, level of detail, and information they provide when honeytokens are triggered.

I discovered that GitGuardian offers a new type of flag that is “publicly exposed”. This flag is  designed to detect when a token has been leaked on public GitHub repositories.

This will help us quickly identify when a token has been leaked and take action to mitigate the potential security risk. It's an extra layer of protection that would give us peace of mind knowing that our sensitive information is being monitored and protected.

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Deploy honeytokens effortlessly in your SDLC for high-value and accurate alerts.

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Let us show you why developers and security leaders trust GitGuardian.

Before GitGuardian, we had secrets for years that we did not know about.
It dramatically improved our ability to detect secrets, saved us time, and reduced our mean time to remediation
Security team productivity has also increased.
GitGuardian is a better choice than an open source solution if you are serious about preventing leaks on GitHub.
GitGuardian Internal Monitoring has helped increase our secrets detection rate by several orders of magnitude.
It has increased the security team's productivity by shifting more responsibilities to the developers.
With the search keyword capability, we have good surveillance over our potential blind spots.
Our ROI is in the fact that we have detected a lot of secrets that were publicly leaked.
We know that if someone is leaking something critical or a secret, it will be detected pretty fast by GitGuardian and we will be alerted in minutes.
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Let us show you why developers and security leaders trust GitGuardian.

GitGuardian has been a great addition to our security toolset.
GitGuardian is the Hero You Never Knew You Needed.
If we are working on serious projects like an organization or company then GitGuardian is a must to use thing according me 🥰.
GitGuardian is the Hero You Never Knew You Needed.
Whenever we want to make out github repo safe, GitGuardian always got our back.
It never fails to notify me when I have accidentally exposed a secret , which unfortunately happens more than I'd like to admit.
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Let us show you why developers and security leaders trust GitGuardian.

Gitguardian prevented a major leak in my codebase
Never lets you escape any critical data.
The remediation workflow helps to quickly resolve findings and makes it easy to include developers in the process.
Coupled with the low price point, this is a HUGE win for our team + code base.
Never lets you escape any critical data.
Love that the product makes it so easy to identify when secrets have been checked into the code!
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