MergeBase Vs Snyk

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.


Whether you are a global corporation or a dynamic tech startup, modern software development uses open source libraries to rapidly deliver customer value. Unfortunately, open source software is routinely exploited by cybercriminals and is the single largest source of data breaches today. Only SCA can protect your enterprise fully against this risk. Only software composition analysis (SCA) can help protect organizations from open source risks. With the growing adoption of SCA, this guide identifies the differences between MergeBase and BlackDuck (Synopsys), so you can decide the right level of open source security needed for your business.



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.



Snyk is a developer of security analysis tools designed to help to find, fix and monitor known threats in open source code. Their solution emerged from developer friendly tools.

5 Criteria (that matter) when Selecting an SCA

Since the most infamous breach at Equifax in 2017, adversaries routinely exploit open source vulnerabilities. Most recently (2020), the Department of Homeland Security published an alert that adversaries are continuously targeting these vulnerabilities, and the best defence is to vigorously maintain your ability to track and mitigate these emerging threats.

To protect your organization, here are the most important criteria to consider.

visibility iconVisibility

With the rising use of open source at enterprises, open source security solutions must effectively detect vulnerabilities. With adversaries taking advantage of vulnerabilities within days, you need a solution that goes beyond traditional vulnerability databases for completeness and speed. Many solutions that are good at detecting vulnerabilities have an undesirable side effect of high false positives. Having high false positives, in turn, waste your valuable developer resources time triaging false positives and creates vulnerability fatigue that puts your organization at risk.


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


Snyk found 23% fewer vulnerabilities than the top solution and provides limited visibility into the library usage of code that top vendors offer. Snyk ranks vulnerabilities in a generic manner, such as high or medium vulnerability. While that may be easier to understand, it is not specific enough to be useful.

Visibility: Incomplete, lacks granularity

developer friendly iconDeveloper Friendly

Sophisticated cyber-security requires intense collaboration between development and security to establish a fully integrated modern DevSecOps team. In support of this high paced team, you need developer-friendly solutions and implement your enterprise controls. These robust controls enable your organization to be proactive with open source security early in the SDLC (aka “shift Left”). The earlier in the development life cycle that defects are resolved, the lower the cost and customer impact.


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


Snyk offers a variety of developer-friendly tools that are unfortunately not widely adopted. For example, with notifications, developers get too many of them that eventually get ignored. Language support is limited, and even with the supported ones, like Python, support is not that mature.

Developer Friendly: No

integration iconIntegration to your SDLC

Integration can be a significant effort with any new solution. It adds costs and time that takes away from your efforts to protect the enterprise. Some solutions give you a one-stop-shop approach but force your enterprise to adopt your vendor’s entire solution rather than your own. When did that ever work for you? Look for solutions that integrate well into your existing SDLC and your security ecosystem, and you will accelerate adoption and collaboration to your open source security program.


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


Snyk integrates into your software development lifecycle. However, integrations are more challenging than other solutions, and some organizations have abandoned using it in the development area.

SDLC: Limited

Triage and Remediation Options

Many mature security organizations have the means to identify vulnerabilities but often lack the ability to triage and remediate them. According to IBM research, 49% of organizations reported a breach despite having a patch available for a known vulnerability. It was just not applied. These organizations need open source security solutions that provide the means to accelerate triage, effective prioritization based on deep insights and provide multiple options for you to remediate the vulnerabilities.


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


Snyk provides many traditional triage options. However, for advanced features like blocking, it requires developers to manually intervene and results in slowing developer velocity. Some organizations have abandoned “blocking” altogether.

Triage and Remediation Options: Limited

wallet iconTotal Cost of Ownership

Open source security solutions have costs that go beyond the purchase of the solution. For example, false positives can add to your total cost of ownership (TCO). It creates additional work and often a lot of back and forth between different groups in the organization. Your valuable resources are directed to triage and resolve false positives. The people, technology, and process costs need to be factored into your total cost of ownership calculator to get a sense of the true cost of your open source solution.

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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


Snyk is priced on the high end of SCA solutions. There is a sizable resource cost of approximately 200 hours to your organization to operationalize Snyk. The pricing model is also based on the number of committers of source code. On the surface, that may seem reasonable; however, QA and Product Owners adding comments can also get counted as a user and add to the costs.

Total Cost of Ownership: High Tier

The MergeBase Advantage

MergeBase x Snyk

Criteria MergeBase Snyk
Visibility High, Accurate Incomplete, Lacks Granularity
Developer Friendly? Yes Yes
Integration to your SDLC Full App Lifecycle Limited
Triage and Remediation
Limited Adequate
Total Cost of Ownership Lowest High Tier

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

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