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Implementing Automated Secrets Detection for Application Security

Dev & Ops teams from large organizations use thousands of secrets like API keys and other credentials in order to interconnect the building blocks of their applications. As a result, they now have access to more sensitive information than companies can keep track of. The risk is that these secrets are now spreading everywhere.

In this whitepaper, we look at the implications of secret sprawl, and present solutions for Application Security to further secure the SDLC by implementing automated secrets detection in their DevOps pipeline.

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What you will learn in this whitepaper

Understanding the benefits of mitigating secret sprawl

  • What are the threats associated with secret sprawl?
  • A focus on secrets in source code: why are they so bad?

Challenges associated with secrets sprawl

  1. The git history makes it more complicated than first thought
  2. Enforcing good security practices at the organization level is hard
  3. Homegrown tools and scripts are hard to build, maintain and keep-up-to-date

How to implement automated secrets detection

  • Where in the SDLC to implement automated secrets detection?
  • Why is it hard to detect secrets?
  • Remediating exposed secrets

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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.

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

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Here’s what they have to say

GitGuardian has absolutely supported our shift-left strategy. We want all of our security tools to be at the source code level and preferably running immediately upon commit. GitGuardian supports that. We get a lot of information on every secret that gets committed, so we know the history of a secret.

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Anonymous reviewer, DevSecOps Engineer

Time to remediation is now in minutes or hours, whereas it used to take days or weeks previously. That's the biggest improvement. Because it is automated and visible to the author, someone from the security team doesn't have to remind them or recheck it. That means the slowdown in the deployment process has definitely been improved by an order of magnitude. There is easily a 30-hour improvement on time to remediation, which is about an 85 percent improvement.

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Danny, Chief Software Architect