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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…
Marcello Teodori
Software Architect at Alfresco Software
Real User
Dec 9, 2020
Prevents vulnerable code from going into production, but the user interface is dated and needs considerable work

What is our primary use case?

The use case is that we have quite a few projects on GitHub. As we are a consulting company, some of these projects are open source and others are enterprise and private. We do security investigating for these projects. We scan the repository for both the static analysis—to find things that might be dangerous—and we use the Software Composition Analysis as well. We get notifications when we are using some open source library that has a known vulnerability and we have to upgrade it. We can plan accordingly. We are using the software as a service.

Pros and Cons

  • "The solution's ability to prevent vulnerable code from going into production is perfectly fine. It delivers, at least for the reports that we have been checking on Java and JavaScript. It has reported things that were helpful."
  • "Veracode has plenty of data. The problem is the information on the dashboards of Veracode, as the user interface is not great. It's not immediately usable. Most of the time, the best way to use it is to just create issues and put them in JIRA... But if I were a startup, and only had products with a good user interface, I wouldn't use Veracode because the UI is very dated."
  • "Another problem we have is that, while it is integrated with single sign-on—we are using Okta—the user interface is not great. That's especially true for a permanent link of a report of a page. If you access it, it goes to the normal login page that has nothing that says "Log in with single sign-on," unlike other software as a service that we use. It's quite bothersome because it means that we have to go to the Okta dashboard, find the Veracode link, and log in through it. Only at that point can we go to the permanent link of the page we wanted to access."

What other advice do I have?

Usually, we open tickets now using the JIRA/GitHub integration and then we plan them. We decide when we want to fix them and we assign them to developers, mostly because there are some projects that are a little bit more on the legacy side. Changing the version of the library is not easy as in the newer projects, in terms of testing. So we do some planning. But in general, we open tickets and we plan them. We also have it integrated in the pipelines, but that's really just to report. It's a little bit annoying that the pipeline might break because of security issues. It's good to know, but the…
Andy Cox
Product Strategy Group Director at Civica
Real User
Top 5Leaderboard
Mar 3, 2020
Helps our developers be aware of duplicate components in their code, but .NET open-source licensing recognition needs work

What is our primary use case?

We have two use cases. We're predominantly a products company and we scan our products, in a controlled way, to make sure they're not using open-source software. We want to make sure that we're licensed correctly for our products and the way they are deployed. There are also security reasons for making sure that our products aren't introducing vulnerabilities and, if they are, that we can address them. And part of our business is that we build bespoke software. Some of our customers want to make sure that the open-source software is being used correctly in the software we build for them. And… more »

Pros and Cons

  • "For us, it's seeing not only the licensing and security vulnerabilities but also seeing the age of the open-sources included within our software. That allows us to take proactive steps to make sure we're updating the software to versions that are regularly maintained and that don't have any vulnerabilities."
  • "We use Azure DevOps as our application lifecycle management tool. It doesn't integrate with that as well as it does with other tools at the moment, but I think there's work being done to address that. In terms of IDEs, it integrates well. We would like to integrate it into our Azure cloud deployment but the integration with Azure Active Directory isn't quite as slick as we would like it to be. We have to do some workarounds for that at the moment."

What other advice do I have?

I would definitely recommend understanding what you're trying to achieve. For us it's quite clear that we want, for the moment, to protect our IP and to identify security vulnerabilities. If the understanding is that you want to protect against open-source from coming into your products in the first place, or you're doing greenfield development, look at the right product stack from Sonatype to make sure that you're choosing the right set of products. We've got a mature product base that we're working with. If you're starting from scratch, you would want to assess what you're trying to get out…
Costas-Voliotis
Co-Founder CTO/CPO at Source Code Inspection
Real User
Top 5Leaderboard
Dec 19, 2020
Good knowledge base and management system and helpful for discovering commercial and open-source licenses

What is our primary use case?

We use Black Duck Hub to discover commercial and open-source licenses and the licensed software used by a company. Whenever a company enters the M&A process, a preliminary step called due diligence is done. A part of it is the technical discovery that includes finding out what software the company is using and whether the software is linked with any open-source software or commercial product for which you have to pay a license. Our main use case is to discover the license and find out if there is an obligation for the paid license. We also check the exposure of the software to open-source… more »

Pros and Cons

  • "The knowledge base and the management system are the most valuable features of Black Duck Hub. It has a very helpful management environment. They offer an editor where we can check the discovered license, which is retrieved from their knowledge base. They have a huge knowledge base build over the years. It gives you some possibilities, such as this license with possibility A could cause a vulnerability issue or a potential breach."
  • "It is a cloud-only solution. In many cases, companies like to evaluate the software, but they're very reluctant to give you the software. It would be great if they could offer an on-prem component that could be used to scan the code and then upload the discovery results to the cloud and get all the information from there, but there is no such possibility. You have to upload the code to the Black Duck cloud system. Of course, they have a strong legal department, and they offer some configuration, but it is never enough. You have to give the code, which is a drawback. In modern designs like Snyk or FOSSA, you don't need to give the code. It requires more native integration with Coverity because they go together technically. You need both Coverity and Black Duck Hub. It would be really helpful for companies working in this space to get a combined offer from the same company. They should provide an option to buy Coverity for an additional fee. Coverity combined with Black Duck Hub will provide a one-step analysis to get everything you need and a unified report. It would be really great to be able to connect Black Duck Hub with Coverity unified reports."

What other advice do I have?

I would advise others to be careful with the provisioning of the space that you need. Black Duck has been the key player in the market for many years. It is totally in conjunction with Coverity and forms a suite of security and quality. It is frequently used in M&A or mergers and acquisition cases. It is the top product in the market. I would rate Black Duck a nine out of ten.
DavidJellison
Senior Director, Quality Engineering at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Real User
Top 10
Dec 3, 2020
Good scan performance and visualization facilitates compliance and improves code quality

What is our primary use case?

We introduced SCA scanning to satisfy customer-requested open-source library scans as part of a contractional agreement. This led to expanding SCA scanning across our other applications to compliment SAST/DAST application scanning. We knew we had a technical debt from not updating open-source libraries for years, and were not aware of the vulnerabilities in these libraries at the time. SCA scanning is now a first-class scan component of our current practices and included in our external security audits going forward.

Pros and Cons

  • "The dependency graph visualization provides the ability to see nested dependencies within libraries for pinpointing vulnerabilities."
  • "Improving sorting through findings reports to filter by only what is critically relevant will help developers focus on issues."

What other advice do I have?

Veracode has evolved to be a good partner, overall, in working through our learning needs and problem escalations. There are layers of training and consultation available, as well as recurring support engagements if the enterprise scanning needs warrant it.
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