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.
WhiteSource offers agile open source security and license compliance management. WhiteSource integrates with the DevOps pipeline to detect open source libraries with security or compliance issues.
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 WhiteSource found a large number of vulnerabilities, they found fewer vulnerabilities than other SCA solutions. Further investigation revealed that false negatives or vulnerabilities exist but are not detected in testing while other vulnerabilities were misclassified as “safe.” Your organization needs to determine whether accuracy matters.
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
WhiteSource offers a variety of developer-friendly tools, including the ability to prioritize. Unfortunately, the prioritize feature doesn’t necessarily cover all the languages your organization needs. Developers have reported that there are too many open source security alerts that do not impact their applications’ security. These organizations have reported challenges in getting continual developer co-operation.
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
WhiteSource provides integration to your development lifecycle but is limited to scans earliest in the SDLC (i.e. the pre-build stage).Your organization needs to consider if limited coverage is acceptable when other solutions cover the entire SDLC.
SDLC: Limited to early in the SDLC
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
BWhiteSource offers prioritization and triage features. Unfortunately, the prioritize feature doesn’t necessarily cover all the languages your organization needs. For example, python is not supported. Lacks the ability to block vulnerabilities when a defined vulnerability score is met.
Triage and Remediation Options: Adequate
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
Some organizations have had trouble grasping the full capabilities of Whitesource and need to consider the additional cost of hiring the right expertise. The high level of security alerts means you will need to redeploy your precious development resources to address them early on. There is an onboarding cost, especially if developers feel the security alerts are not justified, as reported by some organizations using WhiteSource.
Total Cost of Ownership: Mid Tier
|Visibility||High, Accurate||Limited, Imprecise|
|Developer Friendly?||Yes||No, incomplete|
|Integration to your SDLC||Complete||Limited to early in the SDLC|
|Triage and Remediation
|Total Cost of Ownership||Lowest||Mid 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.
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