Snyk Valuable Features

Nicholas Secrier
Information Security Officer at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
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. That's something that we pay attention to. The ease of use for developers is quite straightforward. They've got good documentation. It depends on the language that you use for development, but for what we have — Java, JavaScript, Python — it seems to be pretty straightforward. It also has good integration with CI/CD pipelines. In the past we had it integrated with Concourse and now it's running on Jenkins, so it seems to be quite versatile. View full review »
Cameron Gagnon
Security Software Engineer at a tech company with 10,001+ employees
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. Snyk is something of a bridge that we use; we get our projects into it and then get the information out of it. Those two integrations are crucial for us to be able to do that pretty simply. The ease of use for developers, on a scale of one to 10, is about an eight. The main feature of the reporting on the vulnerabilities and the information that you get from that are really easy to go through and use and interact with, whether it's pushing it to JIRA or ignoring certain vulnerabilities if you're not at risk. There are a couple of parts that, once you get into the settings a little bit more, are a little confusing and tricky. That's why it's not a nine or a 10, but the main features are pretty well done and easy to use. The solution's ability to help developers find and fix vulnerabilities is pretty fast. The scanning for all of our various code bases could probably be done in under five minutes. It gives pretty clear information to developers, right away, about what we are vulnerable to and what we will be vulnerable to. Even if a fix or a patch is not out yet for a certain vulnerability, it will still give us that information. It also tells us what versioning, specifically, we need to upgrade to, which helps us determine the best upgrade path for ourselves, because sometimes our projects that are a little bit restricted as far as versioning goes. View full review »
reviewer1417671
VP of Engineering at a tech vendor with 11-50 employees
The core offering of reporting across multiple projects and being able to build that into our build-pipelines, so that we know very early on if we've got any issues with dependencies, is really useful. 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. In terms of actionable items, we've found that when you're taking a container that has been built from a standard operating system, it tends to be riddled with vulnerabilities. It's more akin to trying to persuade you to go for something simpler, whether that's a scratch or an Alpine container, which has less in it. It's more a nudge philosophy, rather than a specific, actionable item. We have integrated Snyk into our software development environment. The way Snyk works is that, as you build the software in your pipelines, you can have a Snyk test run at that point, and it will tell you if there are newly-discovered vulnerabilities or if you've introduced vulnerabilities into your software. And you can have it block builds if you want it to. Our integrations were mostly a language-based decision. We have Snyk integrated with Python, JavaScript Node, and TouchScript code, among others, as well as Kubernetes. It's very powerful and gives us very good coverage on all of those languages. That's very positive indeed. We've got 320-something projects — those are the different packages that use Snyk. It could generate 1,000 or 2,000 vulnerabilities, or possibly even more than that, most of which we can't do anything about, and most of which aren't in areas that are particularly sensitive to us. One of our focuses in using Snyk — and we've done this recently with some of the new services that they have offered — is to partition things. We have product code and we have support tools and test tools. By focusing on the product code as the most important, that allows us to scope down and look at the rest of the information less frequently, because it's less important, less vulnerable. From a fixing-of-vulnerabilities perspective, often Snyk will recommend just upgrading a library version, and that's clearly very easy. Some of the patching tools are a little more complicated to use. We're a little bit more sensitive about letting SaaS tools poke around in our code base. We want a little bit more sensitivity there, but it works. It's really good to be able to focus our attention in the right way. That's the key thing. Where something is fixable, it's really easy. The reduction in the amount of time it takes to fix something is in orders of magnitude. Where there isn't a patch already available, then it doesn't make a huge amount of difference because it's just alerting us to something. So where it wins, it's hugely dramatic. And where it doesn't allow us to take action easily, then to a certain extent, it's just telling you that there are "burglaries" in your area. What do you do then? Do you lock the windows or make sure the doors are locked? It doesn't make a huge difference there. View full review »
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Sean McElroy
CISO at a tech vendor with 51-200 employees
For a developer, the ease of use is probably an eight out of 10. It is pretty easy to use. There is some documentation to familiarize themselves with the solution, because there are definitely steps that they have to take and understand. However, they are not hard and documented pretty well. We have integrated Snyk into our SDE. We have a CI/CD pipeline that builds software, so it's part of that process that we will automatically run. We use Jenkins as our pipeline build tool, and that's what we have integrated. It is pretty straightforward. Snyk has a plugin that works out-of-the-box with Jenkins which makes it very easy to install. Snyk's vulnerability database is excellent, in terms of comprehensiveness and accuracy. I would rate it a nine or 10 (out of 10). They have a proprietary database that is very useful. They are also very open to adding additional packages that we use, which might be not widely used across their customer base. View full review »
Reviewer109374
Sr. Security Engineer at a tech vendor with 201-500 employees
The most valuable features include * detection * the reporting aspect where we can get an overall glance at vulnerabilities across all of our organizational repos * the enriched information around the vulnerabilities for better triaging, in terms of the vulnerability layer origin and vulnerability tree. Its actionable advice about container vulnerabilities is good. The container security feature definitely allows developers to own security for the applications and the containers they run in the cloud. They have the ability to go in and review the vulnerabilities and to remediate as needed. Currently, it's only scanning. We're not doing any type of blocking. We're putting more of the onus on the developers and owners to go and fix the vulnerabilities. They're bound to internal SLAs. The solution’s vulnerability database is very comprehensive and accurate. One thing we were looking at is the Exploit Maturity, which is a relatively new feature. We haven't really gotten back to tune that, but it is something we were looking at so we can know the exploit maturity, based on these vulnerabilities. That is super-valuable in understanding what our true risk is, based on the severity. If something is out in the wild and actively being exploited, that definitely bumps the priority in terms of what we're trying to remediate. So it helps with risk-prioritization based on the Exploit Maturity. View full review »
reviewer1412625
Application Security Engineer at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees
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. For us, in the security team, it's pretty easy to use it to look for issues. If we want to look at a specific project, which may be external or more important or it may be more sensitive, we just go to the Snyk dashboard, look for the project, and directly get a list of all the issues, by severity. It also shows if there is a fix available. The filter is pretty good and we are able to get action items pretty immediately for the developers. 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. Also, I don't think there are false positives. Even if there is a vulnerable library that is in use, but maybe we're not using the function itself, it's not telling us that we do use that function. There isn't much of a false positive issue. View full review »
reviewer1354503
Security Analyst at a tech vendor with 201-500 employees
I find many of the features valuable: * The capacity for your DevOps workers to easily see the vulnerabilities which are impacting the code that they are writing. This is a big plus. * It has a lot of integration that you can use even from an IDE perspective and up to the deployment. It's nice to get a snapshot of what's wrong with the build, more than it is just broken and you don't know why. * It has a few nice features for us to manage the tool, e.g., it can be integrated. There are some nice integrations with containers. It was just announced that they have a partnership with Docker, and this is also nice. The baseline features like this are nice. It is easy to use as a developer. There are integrations that will directly scan your code from your IDE. You can also use a CLI. I can just write one command, then it will just scan your old project and tell you where you have problems. We also managed to integrate it into our build pipeline so it can easily be integrated using the CLI or API directly, if you have some more custom use cases. The modularity of it is really easy to use. Their API is well-documented. It's not too bad to integrate and for creating some custom use cases. It is getting extended going forward, so it's getting easier to use. If we have issues, we can contact them and they'll see if they can change some stuff around. It is doing well. Most of the solution's vulnerability database is really accurate and up-to-date. It has a large database. We do have some missing licenses issues, especially with non-SPDX compliant one, but we expect this to be fixed soon. However, on the development side, I rarely have had any issues with it. It's pretty granular and you can see each package that you're using along with specific versions. They also provide some nice upgrade paths. If you want to fix some vulnerabilities, they can provide a minor or major patch where you can fix a few of them. View full review »
reviewer1367229
Senior Manager, Product & Application Security at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees
The way they are presenting the vulnerabilities after a scan. It's very organized and easy to access. The UI is very organized. I also like that we can use the CLI or commands to run a scan locally or in the pipeline. 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. For the pipeline, we use Jenkins, and for storing images in the build, we use Artifactory with some Jenkins integrations. This is super easy because we are using the CLI, which was one of the features that I really like because it's super flexible. You can do a lot of things with the CLI. It's easy to integrate. Same thing with the GitHub integration, Snyk provides Broker images that allow you to coordinate your internal GitHub repository with the cloud solution from Snyk. It's like a proxy. The UI is super easy to use. I have no issues with the interface. View full review »
Raman Zelenco
Lead Security System Engineer at a health, wellness and fitness company with 51-200 employees
We see that they are continuously working on the Kubernetes security and platform security checking. This is interesting for us, because we are an enterprise customer, and all of these features are made available for us. It has an accurate database of vulnerabilities with a low amount of false positives. The container security feature provides good actionable advice for points of integration. View full review »
Reviewer636936
Information Security Engineer at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
Snyk integrations and notifications with Slack are the most valuable feature because they are really handy. By monitoring dependencies, if there is a vulnerability reported, Snyk will fire off a Slack message to us. With that Slack message, we can create a request just from the notifications which we receive on Slack. It's like having visibility in a general channel and also flexibility to fix that issue with a few clicks. The solution’s vulnerability database is always accurate since the chances of getting a false positive is very rare. It only reports the vulnerabilities which have already been reported publicly. The solution’s Container security feature allows developers to own security for the applications and the containers they run in in the cloud. Without using Snyk, developers might be not aware if they are creating a vulnerability in their Docker images. While using Snyk, they have at least a layer of protection where they can be notified by a Snyk if there is a vulnerability in the Docker images or communities. View full review »
Matt Spencer
Senior Security Engineer at Instructure
It raises alerts on vulnerable libraries and findings. It scores those alerts and allows us to prioritize them. It is very easy to use: The UI is very polished and the API is straightforward. Our developers seldom have a thought like, "This is very odd how they are doing this." The solution seems very intuitive. I am impressed with Snyk's vulnerability database in terms of its comprehensiveness and accuracy. There have been times when I know that brand new vulnerabilities have come out, then it's only taken them a day or two to adopt them and get them processed into their database. I feel pretty confident in the database. The security container feature is good and straightforward. The solution’s actionable advice about container vulnerabilities is a little more straightforward, because in most cases, you need to upgrade. There is not as much investigation that needs to go into that. So, the decision to upgrade and fix those is straightforward. Their API and UI are great. View full review »
Dirk Koehler
Senior Director, Engineering at Zillow Group
It is a fairly developer-focused product. There are pretty good support and help pages which come with the developer tools, like plugins and modules, which integrate seamlessly into continuous integration, continuous deployment pipelines. E.g., as you build your software, you may update your dependencies along with it. Packages that it supports include CI/CD toolchains, build tools, various platforms, and software/programming languages. It is one of the best product out there to help developers find and fix vulnerabilities quickly. When we talk about the third-party software vulnerability piece and potentially security issues, it takes the load off the user or developer. They even provide automitigation strategies and an auto-fix feature, which seem to have been adopted pretty well. Their focus is really towards developer-friendly integrations, like plug and play. They understand the ecosystem. They listen to developers. It has been a good experience so far with them. View full review »
reviewer1419804
Security Engineer at a tech vendor with 201-500 employees
* The wide range of programming languages it covers, including Python * Identifying the vulnerabilities and providing information on how to fix them — remediation steps It's very easy for developers to use. Onboarding was an easy process for all of the developers within the company. After a quick, half-an-hour to an hour session, they were fully using it on their own. It's very straightforward. Usability is definitely a 10 out of 10. Our developers are using the dashboard and command lines. All the documentation is provided and I've never had an issue. We have integrated Snyk into our software development environment. It's something that is ongoing at the moment. Our SDE is VS Code. Another important feature is the solution’s vulnerability database, in terms of comprehensiveness and accuracy. It's top-notch. It pulls all the data from the CVE database, the national vulnerability database. It's accurate and frequently updated. View full review »
reviewer1354494
Manager, Information Security Architecture at a consultancy with 5,001-10,000 employees
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. View full review »
reviewer1258746
Engineering Manager at a comms service provider with 51-200 employees
What is valuable about Snyk is its simplicity, and that's the main selling point. It's understandably also very cheap because you don't need as much account management resources to manage the relationship with the customer and that's a benefit. I also like that it's self-service, with extremely easy integration. You don't need to speak to anybody to get you off and running and they have loads of integrations with source control and cloud CI systems. They are a relatively new product so they might not have a bigger library than competitors, but it's a good product overall. They do however have the option to install Snyk on-prem, but it is much more expensive. View full review »
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