Snyk Review

Reduced the amount of active vulnerabilities in our applications

What is our primary use case?

It is a source composition analysis tool that we use to perform vulnerability scanning for those vulnerabilities within open source libraries.

This is a SaaS solution.

How has it helped my organization?

It has improved our vulnerability rating and reduced our vulnerabilities through the tool during the time that we've had it. It's definitely made us more aware, as we have removed scoping for existing vulnerabilities and platforms since we rolled it out up until now.

We were aware of problems that were there, but we weren't looking for them until we had Snyk. It is definitely showing us things that we should have been concerned about, and we have found a lot of value in resolving those things since we've discovered them.

It's reduced the amount of active vulnerabilities in our applications, providing both a more stable and secure environment for us in the libraries that we develop. It has highlighted a number of things we weren't aware of in our applications and the reduction of those is definitely a benefit and value-add to our applications.

What is most valuable?

The general source composition analysis is the key to the piece. That is the feature to check our open source libraries for vulnerabilities and the primary feature that we use the tool for.

It is extremely easy to use and very simple to catch on for every team that we train on it. We generally have our development teams leverage the tool themselves. It's extremely easy to teach them how to use it and get them to onboard it.

From a speed perspective, we use Git repository. It was very easy to integrate into that platform.

The solution’s ability to help developers find and fix vulnerabilities quickly is very good and convenient. It provides the ability to easily work the platform into our existing repositories and leverage our repository. It also pulls notifications as a means for notifying developers of vulnerabilities within the projects that are developing.

The solution’s vulnerability database is very comprehensive and accurate.

What needs improvement?

There are some new features that we would like to see added, e.g., more visibility into library usage for the code. Something along the lines where it's doing the identification of where vulnerabilities are used, etc. This would cause them to stand out in the market as a much different platform.

For how long have I used the solution?

We have been using Snyk for about a year.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

It is very stable.

We use existing staff to maintain and operationalize it.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

It is extremely easy to scale and hooks into all of our application repositories without any issues. We use the product extensively in the projects that we are currently running. We are using the product at close to 100 percent.

Developer-adoption of the solution has been good. It is one of the better tools in our application security library from an adoption perspective and needs of use. It has the most positive feedback out of all our solutions.

There are probably 50 users who are security/developers and development-focused security professionals.

How are customer service and technical support?

The only technical support that we have received has been through our account team, and it's been fantastic. I haven't actually had to open any tickets or anything using the tool. The only time we've ever needed assistance was to open up a ticket for single sign-on configuration. It was extremely quick. They had a very easy, fast response for how to deliver it.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We previously used Black Duck. We switched to Snyk because of its better false positive ratings along with its ease of use, integration, and deployment.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup was straightforward. It was just extremely easy to integrate into our repositories, get the code scanning working, and add our projects into the application.

The deployment was quick. We had our first application in it within minutes.

Implementation strategy: We hooked up our applications and integrated them into the tool. Then, we started to address vulnerabilities as we saw fit from a risk perspective.

What was our ROI?

We have seen ROI with Snyk. It has showed us a lot of things that we were not privy to before. This has opened our eyes to a lot of very important things, e.g., vulnerabilities.

The solution has reduced the amount of time it takes to fix problems. It has done a great job explaining what the problem is and how to resolve it with remediation. It gives you a lot of details about versioning and such for the library. It is definitely helpful there.

The time-to-value of the solution in our company was almost immediate.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

It's inexpensive and easy to license. It comes in standard package sizing, which is straightforward. This information is publicly found on their website.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We focused our evaluation specifically on Black Duck and Snyk, plus Veracode as a larger product offering.

The Snyk platform does everything we've expected it to do. It works much better than some of the competitors we looked at during our assessment.

What other advice do I have?

If you're looking for a source composition analysis tool or a tool to monitor your open source security, then it's a fantastic solution.

SAST and DAST are very important functions. We have alternative options for those though. I wouldn't say the solution’s lack of SAST and DAST hurts or affects us. It would be nice if these were a platform or offering that they did have.

We don't use the solution’s Container security feature at the moment, but we are planning on using it.

I would rate this solution as an eight or nine (out of 10).

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

Public Cloud

If public cloud, private cloud, or hybrid cloud, which cloud provider do you use?

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