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GitLab vs. GitHub for DevSecOps

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GitLab vs. GitHub Solutions to Common Technical Decision Maker (TDM) Problems

๐Ÿ’šComplete Support ๐Ÿ’›Partial Support ๐Ÿ’”No Support

TDM Problem The DevOps Solution GitLab GitHub
Safeguarding against application attacks Distinct Native Security Scanning ๐Ÿ’š
SAST, DAST, Fuzz-testing, Secret Scanning,Dependency Scanning, Container scanning, License Compliance and vulnerability management all in one for a single cost.
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โš  Only SAST, Secret Scanning and Dependency Scanning. Additional Security Test and Scans require 3rd party plugins resulting in added cost and technical support and maintenance gaps.
Effectively assessing and managing security risk Comprehensive Security Risk Indicators & Vulnerabilities Actions ๐Ÿ’š
Assess security posture (grade), sort and manage vulnerabilities, indicate risk associated with vulnerabilities (critical, high, medium and low).
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โš  No security posture or vulnerability risk indicators which prevents a proper understanding of security risk.
Checking for security vulnerabilities when isolated from the Internet Offline Security Scanning ๐Ÿ’š
Run GitLab Scanners on self-managed GitLab Instances that are installed on air-gapped environments.
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โš  No native support for Security Scanning in offline deployments which introduces challenges in adhering to strict security protocols that require code building and testing in air-gapped environments.

GitLab DevSecOps Capabilities Missing in GitHub

GitLab Capability Features
View all security issues in a single pane of glass within project context Security Dashboard
Proactively scan for vulnerabilities Dependency scanning, Container Scanning
Preview App before Merge to reduce defects, shorten development time Preview changes with review apps. Environments Autostop for review apps
Security Test running applications Dynamic Application Security Testing

GitLab SAST vs GitHub Code Scanning

ย  GitHub Code Scanning GitLab SAST
Supported Languages View Here View Here
Predefined vulnerabilities Yes Yes
Number of predefined vulnerabilities 2,000+ Varies- Based on Scan Tool
Custom vulnerability definitions Yes Yes
Variant analysis Yes Yes
Display security results in pull/merge request Yes Yes
Schedule scans Yes Yes
Event triggered scans Yes No, planned
API Support Yes Yes
Auto SAST setup and configuration No Yes
Vulnerability Filtering based on threshold No Yes