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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.

  • 350+ 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.

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


GitHub Advanced Security

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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

✅ 160 detectors including 7 generic detectors, plus custom patterns.

🟠 Validity checks are limited to GitHub tokens, Google API keys, AWS API keys and Slack API tokens.

❌ No IaC security scanning.


✅ 22 sensitive filenames detected (ex: id_rsa, .env)

✅ 14 file extensions detected (ex: .key, .cert)

✅ Enforce the presence of .gitignore files

❌ No sensitive file names are detected.

❌ No sensitive file extensions are detected.

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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

❌ Not supported.

VCS integration (multi VCS)

✅ Yes, runs with GitHub, GitLab, Bitbucket

🟠 Yes, limited to 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.

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

User interface/ dashboard

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

✅ Results are displayed in the "security" section of a given repository (see documentation).

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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