Snyk Overview

Snyk is the #2 ranked solution in our list of Container Security Solutions. It is most often compared to WhiteSource: Snyk vs WhiteSource

What is Snyk?

Snyk’s mission is to help developers use open source code and stay secure. The use of open source is booming, but security is a key concern (https://snyk.io/stateofossecurity/). Snyk’s unique developer focused product enables developers and enterprise security to continuously find & fix vulnerable dependencies without slowing down, with seamless integration into Dev & DevOps workflows. Snyk is adopted by over 100,000 developers, has multiple enterprise customers (such as Google, New Relic, ASOS and others) and is experiencing rapid growth. Our investors are Canaan Partners, BOLDStart, and several successful developer tools entrepreneurs. Snyk was founded in 2015 and is headquartered in London with offices in Israel and the US. For more information, go to https://snyk.io/.

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What users are saying about Snyk pricing:
  • "It's good value. That's the primary thing. It's not cheap-cheap, but it's good value."
  • "With Snyk, you get what you pay for. It is not a cheap solution, but you get a comprehensiveness and level of coverage that is very good. The dollars in the security budget only go so far. If I can maximize my value and be able to have some funds left over for other initiatives, I want to do that. That is what drives me to continue to say, "What's out there in the market? Snyk's expensive, but it's good. Is there something as good, but more affordable?" Ultimately, I find we could go cheaper, but we would lose the completeness of vision or scope. I am not willing to do that because Snyk does provide a pretty important benefit for us."
  • "Snyk is a premium-priced product, so it's kind of expensive. The big con that I find frustrating is when a company charges extra for single sign-on (SSO) into their SaaS app. Snyk is one of the few that I'm willing to pay that add-on charge, but generally I disqualify products that charge an extra fee to do integrated authentication to our identity provider, like Okta or some other SSO. That is a big negative. We had to pay extra for that. That little annoyance aside, it is expensive. You get a lot out of it, but you're paying for that premium."
  • "We do have some missing licenses issues, especially with non-SPDX compliant one, but we expect this to be fixed soon"
  • "You can get a good deal with Snyk for pricing. It's a little expensive, but it is worth it."

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Nicholas Secrier
Information Security Officer at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Real User
Top 20
Jul 22, 2020
Helps Avoid The Pain And The Cost Of Trying To Retrofit Security in your Code.

What is our primary use case?

We are using it to identify security weaknesses and vulnerabilities by performing dependency checks of the source code and Docker images used in our code. We also use it for open-source licensing compliance review. We need to keep an eye on what licenses are attached to the libraries or components that we have in use to ensure we don't have surprises in there. We are using the standard plan, but we have the container scanning module as well in a hybrid deployment. The cloud solution is used for integration with the source code repository which, in our case, is GitHub. You can add whatever… more »

Pros and Cons

  • "The dependency checks of the libraries are very valuable, but the licensing part is also very important because, with open source components, licensing can be all over the place. Our project is not an open source project, but we do use quite a lot of open source components and we want to make sure that we don't have surprises in there."
  • "Generating reports and visibility through reports are definitely things they can do better."

What other advice do I have?

If your company develops software, and if you are an open source consumer, you need to have something in place. Do your research and find the best solution. For us, Snyk worked. I am involved in a security working group with my counterparts at our investors. We discussed what we're doing and what we are using and I discussed Snyk there. I discussed it with a couple of companies in particular and shared ideas and I recommended that they have a look at Snyk. Snyk is open source. You can take it for a ride and see if you like it. Once you're happy with it, you can move forward. The biggest lesson…
Cameron Gagnon
Security Software Engineer at a tech company with 10,001+ employees
Real User
Sep 2, 2020
Gives us a uniform way to access vulnerability information across a wide range of projects, teams, and structures

What is our primary use case?

We use it as a pretty wide ranging tool to scan vulnerabilities, from our Docker images to Ruby, JavaScript, iOS, Android, and eventually even Kubernetes. We use those findings with the various integrations to integrate with our teams' workflows to better remediate the discoveries from Snyk.

Pros and Cons

  • "The most valuable features are their GitLab and JIRA integrations. The GitLab integration lets us pull projects in pretty easily, so that it's pretty minimal for developers to get it set up. Using the JIRA integration, it's also pretty easy to get the information that is generated, as a result of that GitLab integration, back to our teams in a non-intrusive way and in a workflow that we are already using."
  • "Because Snyk has so many integrations and so many things it can do, it's hard to really understand all of them and to get that information to each team that needs it... If there were more self-service, perhaps tutorials or overviews for new teams or developers, so that they could click through and see things themselves, that would help."

What other advice do I have?

Focus initially on setting up a clear path for developers to integrate with the tool. Initially, most developers are not super excited about security tools and scanning in the first place; very few people are. So working on the developer adoption, and showing them what features are available and how that can directly benefit their projects, without their feeling like they have a lot of work to do, would be something that I would suggest for new teams. The biggest lesson I have learned from using Snyk is that just when you think there are all the integrations offered in the world, there's…
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reviewer1417671
VP of Engineering at a tech vendor with 11-50 employees
Real User
Sep 17, 2020
Scans our thousands of dependencies every time we build and rechecks them daily, making us aware of what's going on

What is our primary use case?

Our use case is basically what Snyk sells itself as, which is for becoming aware of and then managing any vulnerabilities in third-party, open-source software that we pull into our product. We have a lot of dependencies across both the tools and the product services that we build, and Snyk allows us to be alerted to any vulnerabilities in those open-source libraries, to prioritize them, and then manage things. We also use it to manage and get visibility into any vulnerabilities in our Docker containers and Kubernetes deployments. We have very good visibility of things that aren't ours that… more »

Pros and Cons

  • "We're loving some of the Kubernetes integration as well. That's really quite cool. It's still in the early days of our use of it, but it looks really exciting. In the Kubernetes world, it's very good at reporting on the areas around the configuration of your platform, rather than the things that you've pulled in. There's some good advice there that allows you to prioritize whether something is important or just worrying. That's very helpful."
  • "There is always more work to do around managing the volume of information when you've got thousands of vulnerabilities. Trying to get those down to zero is virtually impossible, either through ignoring them all or through fixing them. That filtering or information management is always going to be something that can be improved."

What other advice do I have?

My advice is just try it. If you've got a modern development pipeline, it's really easy to wire up, if you've got somebody with the right skills to do that. We found with a development community, it's really easy to build these things. Get on with it and try it. It's really easy to trial and see what it's telling you about. That's one of the great upsides of that model: Play with it, convince yourself it's worth it, and then talk to them about buying it. It's hard to judge Snyk's vulnerability database in terms of comprehensiveness and accuracy. It clearly is telling us a lot of information. I…
Sean McElroy
CISO at a tech vendor with 51-200 employees
Real User
Top 20
Oct 27, 2020
Provides fantastic visibility into vulnerabilities and where they come from

What is our primary use case?

We use it to do software composition analysis. It analyzes the third-party libraries that we bring into our own code. It keeps up if there is a vulnerability in something that we've incorporated, then tells us if that has happened. We can then track that and take appropriate action, like updating that library or putting a patch in place to mitigate it. They have also added some additional products that we use: One of which is container security. That product is one that analyzes our microservices containers and provides them with a security assessment, so we are essentially following best… more »

Pros and Cons

  • "From the software composition analysis perspective, it first makes sure that we understand what is happening from a third-party perspective for the particular product that we use. This is very difficult when you are building software and incorporating dependencies from other libraries, because those dependencies have dependencies and that chain of dependencies can go pretty deep. There could be a vulnerability in something that is seven layers deep, and it would be very difficult to understand that is even affecting us. Therefore, Snyk provides fantastic visibility to know, "Yes, we have a problem. Here is where it ultimately comes from." It may not be with what we're incorporating, but something much deeper than that."
  • "It lists projects. So, if you have a number of microservices in an enterprise, then you could have pages of findings. Developers will then spend zero time going through the pages of reports to figure out, "Is there something I need to fix?" While it may make sense to list all the projects and issues in these very long lists for completeness, Snyk could do a better job of bubbling up and grouping items, e.g., a higher level dashboard that draws attention to things that are new, the highest priority things, or things trending in the wrong direction. That would make it a lot easier. They don't quite have that yet in container security."

What other advice do I have?

If you're going to be doing any sort of software development that involves open source software, like many people do, many people have a blind spot or don't have a tool like this to even understand the risk that they take by pulling in an open source. It's not to say open source is bad, it just has a new threat surface that you have to monitor. We get a lot of benefit out of monitoring it, so I think ultimately we see problems others don't and have the opportunity to fix them. Therefore, there is a good chance that we will have fewer issues, like unauthorized data access, where they are sort…
Reviewer109374
Sr. Security Engineer at a tech vendor with 201-500 employees
Real User
Jun 15, 2020
Container security allows developers to own security for the applications and containers they run in the cloud

What is our primary use case?

We enable Snyk on all of our repos to do continuous scanning for open-source dependency, vulnerabilities, and for license compliance. We also do some infrastructure and code scanning for Kubernetes and our Docker containers. Snyk integrates with GitHub which lets us monitor all private and public repositories in our organization and it enables developers to easily find and fix up source dependency vulnerabilities, container-image vulnerabilities, and ensures licenses are compliant with our company policies.

Pros and Cons

  • "The most valuable features include enriched information around the vulnerabilities for better triaging, in terms of the vulnerability layer origin and vulnerability tree."
  • "We've also had technical issues with blocking newly introduced vulnerabilities in PRs and that was creating a lot of extra work for developers in trying to close and reopen the PR to get rid of some areas. We ended up having to disable that feature altogether because it wasn't really working for us and it was actually slowing down developer velocity."

What other advice do I have?

I would advise that there be communication within the organization about how the tool is going to be used, what it's going to be used for, and for establishing and communicating a rollout plan. The steps that I listed previously about our rollout plan were well received and followed. With larger organizations, that's probably the best path forward: limiting the number of people using the tool, up front, to work out workflows, and then gradually rolling it out to the wider audience until you get full coverage. We understood that the full implementation of Snyk into the development and…
reviewer1412625
Application Security Engineer at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees
Real User
Sep 6, 2020
Helps us to prioritize fixes and suggests version upgrades, saving us significant time

What is our primary use case?

We have a lot of code and a lot of microservices and we're using Snyk to test our third-party libraries, all the external dependencies that our code uses, to see if there are any vulnerabilities in the versions we use. We use their SaaS dashboard, but we do have some internal integrations that are on-prem. We scan our code and we go through the results on the dashboard and then we ask the teams to upgrade their libraries to mitigate vulnerabilities.

Pros and Cons

  • "The most valuable feature is that they add a lot of their own information to the vulnerabilities. They describe vulnerabilities and suggest their own mitigations or version upgrades. The information was the winning factor when we compared Snyk to others. This is what gave it more impact."
  • "The solution's vulnerability database, in terms of comprehensiveness and accuracy, is very high-level. As far as I know, it's the best among their competitors."
  • "We tried to integrate it into our software development environment but it went really badly. It took a lot of time and prevented the developers from using the IDE. Eventually, we didn't use it in the development area... I would like to see better integrations to help the developers get along better with the tool. And the plugin for the IDE is not so good. This is something we would like to have..."

What other advice do I have?

If you're on-cloud it's pretty easy. If you're on-prem I'd suggest you look carefully at how the integrations should be. I spent some time configuring the Docker because I didn't have the right information, from our side. It would be good to know better the infrastructure and how the source code or ticketing system works before starting to implement the internal Dockers. But if it's on-cloud and you are only using the SaaS dashboard, it's pretty easy. It is easy to use, but it's hard to get the developers to use it. That part is not too easy. Our developers are not that into it. We, the…
reviewer1354503
Security Analyst at a tech vendor with 201-500 employees
Real User
Jun 30, 2020
It reports on all the vulnerabilities present in all our different packages

What is our primary use case?

We are using Snyk for two main reasons: * Licensing. For every open source package that we're using, we have licensing attributions and requirements. We are using Snyk to track all of that and make sure we're using the licenses for different open source packages that we have in a compliant fashion. This is just to make sure the licensed user is correct. * Vulnerabilities. Snyk will report on all the vulnerabilities present in all our different packages. This is also something we'll use to change a package, ask the desk to fix the vulnerability, or even just block a release if they are trying… more »

Pros and Cons

  • "Our overall security has improved. We are running fewer severities and vulnerabilities in our packages. We fixed a lot of the vulnerabilities that we didn't know were there."
  • "Scalability has some issues because we have a lot of code and its use is mandatory. Therefore, it can be slow at times, especially because there are a lot of projects and reporting. Some UI improvements could help with this."

What other advice do I have?

At first, we were using it only for scanning the images that were getting sent to production. Then, we added the entire workload running on our clusters. This increased our vulnerabilities because there were duplicates, but also gave more visibility. The more you put into learning the tool, the better results you will get. Even if it's easy to use, you do need to create the habit of using it with your DevOps. Once it's integrated, it will be a lot easier. You'll see quickly the issues that you can fix when you're writing your code and don't have to wait until the end of QA to be denied. I…
reviewer1367229
Senior Manager, Product & Application Security at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Real User
Jul 1, 2020
It's easy to find vulnerabilities, create a report, and use the data

What is our primary use case?

There are two use cases that we have for our third-party libraries: * We use the Snyk CLI to scan our pipeline. Every time our developer is building an application and goes to the building process, we scan all the third-party libraries there. Also, we have a hard gate in our pipeline. E.g., if we see a specific vulnerability with a specific threshold (CDSS score), we can then decide whether we want to allow it or block the deal. * We have an integration with GitHub. Every day, Snyk scans our repository. This is a daily scan where we get the results every day from the Snyk scan. We are scanning… more »

Pros and Cons

  • "The CLI feature is quite useful because it gives us a lot of flexibility in what we want to do. If you use the UI, all the information is there and you can see what Snyk is showing you, but there is nothing else that you can change. However, when you use the CLI, then you can use commands and can get the output or response back from Snyk. You can also take advantage of that output in a different way. For the same reason, we have been using the CLI for the hard gate in the pipeline: Obtain a particular CDSS score for vulnerability. Based on that information, we can then decide if we want to block or allow the build. We have more flexibility if we use the CLI."
  • "The way Snyk notifies if we have an issue, there are a few options: High vulnerability or medium vulnerability. The problem with that is high vulnerabilities are too broad, because there are too many. If you enable notifications, you get a lot of notifications, When you get many notifications, they become irrelevant because they're not specific. I would prefer to have control over the notifications and somehow decide if I want to get only exploitable vulnerabilities or get a specific score for a vulnerability. Right now, we receive too many high vulnerabilities. If we enable notifications, then we just get a lot of spam message. Therefore, we would like some type of filtering system to be built-in for the system to be more precise."

What other advice do I have?

If we find an issue, then we talk to our developers who have a specific amount of days to fix the vulnerability. However, we are not fully using all the features that Snyk provides. While I know they could make a suggestion or do automation to fix issues, we are not using those features. Snyk has really nice features. They take into consideration what customers are telling or suggesting to them. It's a very good product. I would rate it a nine (out of 10).
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