MergeBase Vs BlackDuck
Choosing the right software composition analysis solution to protect your enterprise from open source vulnerabilities is critical. Here is the best information that can help you make the right decision.
MergeBase offers open source security that meets the demands of a dynamic modern DevSecOps environment. Its solutions provide visibility into the real risk of open source with the lowest false positives in the industry.
Synopsys’s SCA solution, BlackDuck, has been in the application security space the longest for over 15 years. It added security capabilities in 2015, where previously, they were focused on license compliance.
MergeBase accurately identifies the highest number of true vulnerabilities with the lowest false positives. MergeBase provides security analysts with an instant component inventory and “live” vulnerability reports for a given application.
Visibility: High, accurate
While BlackDuck found a large number of vulnerabilities, they contained the largest number of false positives. Further investigation revealed that many false positives were duplicates. BlackDuck’s SBOM is available, but unfortunately, it is imprecise and contains duplicate issues.
Visibility: Limited, imprecise
CodeGreen by MergeBase empowers developers to code securely. CodeGreen gives developer-friendly tools, guidance, integration directly into your code repositories, and enterprise controls so that they have early awareness to help your organization “shift left.”
Developer Friendly: Yes, Complete
BlackDuck does not offer developer-friendly tools out of the box but instead provides organizations with the means to build it themselves. Developers are not provided with guidance and the means to prioritize vulnerabilities.
Developer Friendly: No
MergeBase has a set of three integrated solutions that are tailor-made for each stage of the development lifecycle, be it coding, building and deploying or production.MergeBase integrates seamlessly into your security workflow, and the onboarding process is fast and can take from hours to weeks.
SDLC Integration: Complete
Integration to SDLC is possible; BlackDuck offers API’s that allow you to build integrations into your security workflow. Complex implementation is one of the main reasons that BlackDuck’s onboarding process is famously long and complicated and can take up to a year to gain the full value of the solution.
MergeBase provides intelligent remediation options. It provides guidance to developers on what version to move to, or you can surgically block or monitor suspicious pieces in open source libraries. MergeBase offers remediation guidance so that developers are empowered with security information that helps them prioritize and automated workflows to save them time.
Triage and Remediation Options: Advanced
BlackDuck offers no ability to prioritize vulnerabilities, and remediation options are limited. Their remediation guidance left developers having to invest a lot of time to research answers themselves. be it coding, building and deploying or production.MergeBase integrates seamlessly into your security workflow, and the onboarding process is fast and can take from hours to weeks.
Triage and Remediation Options: Limited
MergeBase total cost of ownership is amongst the lowest compared to its industry peers. It is a SaaS solution from the ground up which automatically enables continuous upgrades streamlines the onboarding process and operations. The low false positives help reduce resource, technology, and process costs to own and operate your open source security program.
Total Cost of Ownership: Low
BlackDuck has the highest total cost of ownership in the industry. On technology alone, BlackDuck costs a minimum of 25% more than MergeBase. When you include implementation, complex upgrades, and cost of false positives (which are the highest in the industry), the TCO for BlackDuck is a minimum 10X more than MergeBase. If you are looking for more complex scans, you will need to buy additional BlackDuck solutions.
Total Cost of Ownership: Highest
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Selecting the right open source security solution is critical to protecting your organization and your budget. The bottom line is you need a full-featured and cost-effective solution that s quickly adopted by all your teams. MergeBase provides visibility to the real risk in their applications from vulnerable open source components at every stage of the development lifecycle. MergeBase accelerates triage by minimizing false positives and deemphasizing vulnerabilities in unused code. It automates remediation during development and can block attacks on vulnerable components in production.
For more information on this guide and to learn more about how MergeBase can help protect your organization from open source risk please connect with us for a remote consultation or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
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