Sonatype Nexus Lifecycle Valuable Features

Security Team Lead at Tyro Payments Limited
There are two things that allow us to do what we want to and that's why we chose Nexus Lifecycle. First, it scans and gives you a low false-positive count. When we were looking for a product to solve this need, we looked at different products, Nexus Lifecycle being one of them. The reason we picked Lifecycle over the other products is, while the other products were flagging stuff too, they were flagging things that were incorrect. Nexus has low false-positive results, which give us a high confidence factor, which is something we like about it. The other thing that we thought that was really good about it was that it gives an overview. We find something that has a vulnerability and say, "Hey, what can I upgrade to?" What's really nice about that is it shows us a graph of all the versions for that particular component, and it marks out the ones that have a vulnerability and the ones that don't have a vulnerability. It also shows the popularity, so we can look at it and say, "Alright, from where we are, what is the next version that we can move to that is not vulnerable and that is quite popular?" If it's popular, we tend to prefer it because then more people are looking into it, and it gets a bit more scrutiny. View full review »
Configuration Manager at a health, wellness and fitness company with 5,001-10,000 employees
There are a number of features that we find valuable. The basic functionality of Sonatype is its scanning feature. Out of that, you get the reporting capability as part of your build and it gives you the statistics as part of the build report. There's also a feature whereby, in your IDE, you can get immediate feedback as you're developing. That's also quite a handy feature. In addition, in our Nexus repository - we have Nexus OSS and Nexus Lifecycle linked together - all our third-party dependencies are scanned. The policy management is quite federated, in a sense, whereby we can assign a policy specific to an application. The grandfathering mode allows us to add legacy applications which we know we're not going to change or refactor for some time. New developments can be scanned separately and we can obviously resolve those vulnerabilities where there are new applications developed. The grandfathering is a good way to separate what can be factored now, versus long-term technical debt. In most cases, these legacy applications are simply retired, so to refactor them wouldn't make sense. Most of them go through a rewrite cycle or are replaced by something we have purchased. There's a very interactive view where there's a recommendation, as part of the reporting. You can click on a certain vulnerability and it will give you a recommendation. For example, if you're using something that's not licensed or has a certain license type, it will recommend to you, "You should go onto this license," or, "Go to this version, which covers this vulnerability." There are actual recommendations that are synchronized with the database in the States. The solution integrates well with our existing DevOps tools. We're using Atlassian and using Bamboo as part of that Atlassian set. Bamboo is our continuous integration tool. There's an out-of-the-box Nexus IQ plugin for Bamboo. It's really simple to configure and it gives you results as you're building. Also, the API is very rich, meaning that we don't necessarily have to get a report from the front end. We can build custom reports through the API. View full review »
Charles Chani
DevSecOps at a financial services firm with 10,001+ employees
When developers are consuming open-source libraries from the internet, it's able to automatically block the ones that are insecure. And it has the ability to make suggestions on the ones they should be using instead. Also, you can get reports, either in PDF format or in JSON. If you get them in JSON you can have them ingested into something like Splunk, so you can mine those reports as well. The application onboarding and Policy Grandfathering features are new and quite useful. They allow you to focus on what you're currently working on and the stuff that's grandfathered can go in your backlog. It's another feature that helps organize your workload. The data is as good as can be. It's online, which means if a change is made to the Nexus database today, or within the hour, my developers will benefit instantly. The security features are discovered continuously. So if Nexus finds out that a library is no longer safe, they just have to flag it and, automatically, my developers will know. In addition to that, anything that I've used in the past will also flag up. Because it's proactive and it's live data, you know instantly if any part of your application is now vulnerable. Not only that but when you get the information about the vulnerability, part of the Lifecycle mechanism actually gives you alternatives that you can use. It also integrates well with your existing DevOps tools. They've got very good plugins for most of the common DevOps tools, like Jenkins and GitHub. There are ways that you can work around things like TeamCity. The product is designed to help the DevOps process to be seamless in terms of security. Regarding open-source intelligence and policy enforcement across the SDL, that's exactly what they're trying to do. They realized that there's so much ingestion of open-source software in most of the software development lifecycles, that there was a need to automate the detection of the ones that are not deemed to be safe. What Lifecycle does to its Firewall product is that, as the binaries are being ingested, it's able to fingerprint them. And because there's a fingerprint, it can check with the Sonatype website and tell you exactly what you're ingesting. If what you're ingesting is not secure, it can block it. Then, you can manually say, "Okay I understand, use this." Or you can go with the suggestion that Sonatype gives you, which is a more secure alternative. So we use it to automate open-source governance and to minimize risk. There is also a feature called Continuous Monitoring. As time goes on we'll be able to know whether a platform is still secure or not because of this feature. It's integrated, it's proactive, it's exactly what you want for a security product. View full review »
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Devin Duffy
Information Security Specialist at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
The most valuable feature is the aggregation of threat details. In addition, it's their customer service. They've got really great customer service. I encourage developers to challenge whenever they see a security vulnerability that may not actually be a vulnerability, or that may be a false positive. When I bring that up with Sonatype - whereas a lot of vendors try to excuse their product or excuse their thinking - if it is, in fact, an issue or mistake, they'll own up to it and they'll fix it. The data integrity of the feeds that we get from them is a solid eight or nine out of ten. There have been some discrepancies but when we have brought them they have fixed them immediately. Their data is good enough to run a lot of orchestrated frameworks off of. It's been good. View full review »
Russell Webster
VP and Sr. Manager at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
Its core features are the most valuable: * protection * scanning * detection * notification of vulnerabilities. It's important for us as an enterprise to continually and dynamically protect our software development from threats and vulnerabilities, and to do that as early in the cycle as possible. Also, the onboarding process is pretty smooth and easy. We didn't feel like it was a huge problem at all. We were able to get in there and have it start scanning pretty rapidly. The data quality is really good. They've got some of the best in the industry as far as that is concerned. As a result, it helps us to resolve problems faster. The visibility of the data, as well as their features that allow us to query and search - and even use it in the development IDE - allow us to remediate and find things faster. The solution also integrated well with our existing DevOps tool. That was of critical importance to us. We built it directly into our continuous integration cycles and that's allowed us to catch things at build time, as well as stop vulnerabilities from moving downstream. View full review »
Sr Lead Solution Services at a financial services firm with 201-500 employees
The scanning is fantastic. The dashboard is usable and gives us clear visibility into what is happening. It also has a very cool feature, which allows us to see the clean version available to be downloaded. Therefore, it is very easy to go and trace which version of the component does not have any issues. The dashboard can be practical, as well. It can wave a particular version of a Java file or component. It can even grandfather certain components, because in a real world scenarios we cannot always take the time to go and update something because it's not backward compatible. Having these features make it a lot easier to use and more practical. It allows us to apply the security, without having an all or nothing approach. The application's onboarding and policy grandfathering features are very easy to use. Most developers who I have given access have picked it up easily. The documentation is fantastic. I've never had a reason to contact support or asked a question, as most of the answers are available. It provides all up-to-date data information on the vulnerable issues for the various components that are available. I am able to see that various versions of the application are clear. Sometimes, there is a direct reference , so we can see what the issue is and what are the workarounds, if any, that there are available. It will even suggest certain steps which could be taken to remediate the issue. This helps streamline all the information available instead of us going to multiple sources and having to correlate information. Everything is easily available in a streamline manner. It is easy to access, review, make decisions, and proceed with fixes. View full review »
IT Security Manager at a insurance company with 5,001-10,000 employees
The key feature for Nexus Lifecycle is the proprietary data they have on vulnerabilities. The way that they combine all the different sources and also their own research into one concise article that clearly explains what the problem is. Most of the time, and even if you do notice that you have a problem, the public information available is pretty weak. So, if we want to assess if a problem applies to our product, it's really hard. We need to invest a lot of time digging into the problem. This work is basically done by Sonatype for us. The data that it delivers helps us with fixing or understanding the issue a lot quicker than without it. The solution integrates well with our existing DevOps tools. We have a few different ways of integrating it. The primary point is the Jenkins plugin to integrate it into the pipeline, but we also use the API to feed applications from our self-developed systems. So, the Sonatype API is very valuable to us as well. We've also experimented with IDE plugins and some other features that all look very promising. View full review »
Axel Niering
Achitekt at SV Informatik GmbH
The most valuable feature is that I get a quick overview of the libraries that are included in the application, and the issues that are connected with them. I can quickly understand which problems there are from a security point of view or from a licensing point of view. It's quick and very exact. The onboarding and policy grandfathering are quite useful, to keep in mind what we have already discussed around parts of the application, and to identify our own parts of the application which are not discovered by Nexus Lifecycle. The data quality is really very good. We have also checked other products and they do not provide such good quality data. Still, we must look very closely at a single vulnerability from a single issue. We have to understand what problem it's indicating. However, without this tool there would be no way to do this. The data quality is really very good. It was very easy to integrate into our build pipeline, with Jenkins and Nexus Repository as the central product. It was very easy to integrate the evaluation of the application to be built into the Jenkins process so that we had the ability to check how good the application is thus far. It also helps when you look at the stage we are at in building this application, whether test or production. View full review »
Java Development Manager at a government with 10,001+ employees
The way we can define policies and apply those policies selectively across the different applications is valuable. We can define a separate policy for public-facing applications and a separate policy for the internal applications. That is cool. Since we have public-facing applications, they are more vulnerable, because anyone from anywhere can access them: for example, Excel and Java scripting. We can detect if we potentially have any .jar open-source product that can become vulnerable. We can define stricter policies for the public-facing applications, versus internal where we are protected by the firewall. We already have a more secure way of accessing those internal applications, so we can limit the strictness of the internal policies a little bit. We can relax some of the rules there defining the different levels, from a security perspective. That is useful. In addition, we like the way, when the product has found a vulnerability, that it also recommends the version in which that particular vulnerability was fixed. It generates a report with all the different types of vulnerabilities that were found. We can then go to individual vulnerabilities and look into the historical information: When, and in what version of the .jar, it was introduced, when it was fixed, and what the usage in the market is for that particular open-source component. That is very useful information to us. The solution's data quality shows in the way that it recommends the correct artifact that we should use and the different versions that are available. Based on that data we can make better decisions. It also integrates well with the IDEs. Instead of discovering a problem during deployment, we can identify the problem right at the development phase. That is a cool feature of Lifecycle. We use Bamboo for our builds and the Nexus IQ plugin is compatible with Bamboo. We can scan the vulnerabilities at build time. View full review »
Systems Analyst at Thrivent Financial for Lutherans
* Easy to handle and easy to configure * User-friendly * Easy to map and easy to integrate * Easy to update * Fulfills a lot of security purposes It has all the features we need. View full review »
Gus Orologas
Lead IT Security Architect at a transportation company with 10,001+ employees
* The application onboarding and policy grandfathering features are good. * The solution integrates well with our existing DevOps tools. * It also blocks undesirable open-source components from entering our development lifecycle. It scans code libraries and it flags them if there's a vulnerable version. It shows us very quickly if there is a newer version available, and what generation that non-vulnerable version is. View full review »
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