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We performed a comparison between Contrast Security Assess and GitLab based on real PeerSpot user reviews.

Find out in this report how the two Application Security Testing (AST) solutions compare in terms of features, pricing, service and support, easy of deployment, and ROI.
To learn more, read our detailed Contrast Security Assess vs. GitLab Report (Updated: October 2022).
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Pros
"By far, the thing that was able to provide value was the immediate response while testing ahead of release, in real-time.""Assess has an excellent API interface to pull APIs.""The solution is very accurate in identifying vulnerabilities. In cases where we are performing application assessment using Contrast Assess, and also using legacy application security testing tools, Contrast successfully identifies the same vulnerabilities that the other tools have identified but it also identifies significantly more. In addition, it has visibility into application components that other testing methodologies are unaware of."

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"We use the Git repository and tagging feature. We are a product-based company and use this solution to move to a forward or backward tag.""GitLab is kind of an image of GitHub, so it gives us the flexibility to monitor our changes in the repos.""The most valuable feature of GitLab is its security.""It scales well.""GitLab's best features are maintenance, branch integration, and development infrastructure.""Key features allow creation of well-presented Wiki that includes ideas, development, and domains.""I have had no problem with the stability of the solution.""The best thing is that as the developers work on separate tasks, all of the code goes there and the other team members don't have to wait on each other to finish."

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Cons
"The out-of-the-box reporting could be improved. We need to write our own APIs to make the reporting more robust.""To instrument an agent, it has to be running on a type of application technology that the agent recognizes and understands. It's excellent when it works. If we're using an application that is using an unsupported technology, then we can't instrument it at all. We do use PHP and Contrast presently doesn't support that, although it's on their roadmap. My primary hurdle is that it doesn't support all of the technologies that we use.""I think there was activity underway to support the centralized configuration control. There are ways to do it, but I think they were productizing more of that."

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"Expand features to match other tools such as a static code analysis tool so third-party integrations are not required.""The solution should be more cloud-native and have more cloud-native capabilities and features.""Atlassian offers more products than GitLab. GitLab offers source control management, version control and collaboration between developers. Atlassian offers features on top of this as well as more integration points for developers.""The integration and storage capabilities could be better.""The initial setup was quite challenging because it takes some time to understand how to pull out or push the code.""It is a little complex to set up the pipelines within the solution.""I used Spring Cloud config and to connect that to GitLab was so hard.""The solution could be faster."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "It's a tiered licensing model. The more you buy, as you cross certain quantity thresholds, the pricing changes. If you have a smaller environment, your licensing costs are going to be different than a larger environment... The licensing is primarily per application. An application can be as many agents as you need. If you've got 10 development servers and 20 production servers and 50 QA servers, all of those agents can be reporting as a single application that utilizes one license."
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  • "The price is okay."
  • "It seems reasonable. Our IT team manages the licenses."
  • "Its price is fine. It is on the cheaper side and not expensive. You have to pay additionally for GitLab CI/CD minutes. Initially, we used the free version. When we ran out of GitLab minutes, we migrated to the paid version."
  • "It is very expensive. We can't bear it now, and we have to find another solution. We have a yearly subscription in which we can increase the number of licenses, but we have to pay at the end of the year."
  • "I don't mind the price because I use the free version."
  • "We are using its free version, and we are evaluating its Premium version. Its Ultimate version is very expensive."
  • "The price of GitLab could be better, it is expensive."
  • "I'm not aware of the licensing costs because those were covered by the customer."
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    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer:By far, the thing that was able to provide value was the immediate response while testing ahead of release, in real-time.
    Top Answer:For what it offers, it's a very reasonable cost. The way that it is priced is extremely straightforward. It works on the number of applications that you use, and you license a server. It is something… more »
    Top Answer:Contrast is good at listening to its customers and setting product directions based on their feedback. Contrast continues to improve along multiple axes. One axis is languages and platforms. Support… more »
    Top Answer:The most important features of GitLab for us are issue management and all the CI/CD tools. Another aspect that I love about GitLab is the UI.
    Top Answer:In total, I believe we have more than 300 licenses spread over about 100 users, though I can't comment on the costs involved.
    Top Answer:For as long as I have used GitLab, I haven't encountered any major limitations. However, I think that perhaps the search functionality could be better. The main shortcoming is that with some parts of… more »
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    Overview

    Contrast Security is the world’s leading provider of security technology that enables software applications to protect themselves against cyberattacks, heralding the new era of self-protecting software. Contrast's patented deep security instrumentation is the breakthrough technology that enables highly accurate assessment and always-on protection of an entire application portfolio, without disruptive scanning or expensive security experts. Only Contrast has sensors that work actively inside applications to uncover vulnerabilities, prevent data breaches, and secure the entire enterprise from development, to operations, to production.

    GitLab is an open-source code repository and application code development platform that aims to simplify the process of software development through to the eventual product release and upgrade. It contains all of the tools that developers need to take control of every stage of the software development process. GitLab makes it easy for teams to create checklists that they can follow when they begin to write the code and do other tasks that are critical to the success of their project. GitLab also enables organizations to automate the shipping of software code to those servers that they need to get to without requiring human intervention.

    GitLab Benefits

    Some of the ways that organizations can benefit by deploying GitLab include:

    • Easy solution configuration. GitLab does not require organizations to devote significant time and other resources to bringing it online. It can be quickly installed by a business’s IT team to any device or cloud that is most convenient for them. IT teams can install it using either GUI installer or a command line installer, depending on what is more convenient for them.
    • Source code storage and management security. Developers can use GitLab to control who is able to access the source code that they are working on and manage the security of the location where the code is being stored. Gitlab makes it so that users get to decide the privacy status of their code and storage. This keeps unauthorized individuals from gaining access to their sensitive and proprietary code.
    • DevOps feedback. GitLab gives users the ability to learn from what they are doing and improve their DevOps practices. It will assign to their DevOps pipeline scores that can enable them to see where they might be lacking and do better.

    GitLab Features

    • Secret detection customization. Users can set GitLab to scan for sensitive data that might have accidentally been stored with the source code under development. Users can set custom parameters and discover at-risk data before it can be leaked.
    • Custom notifications. This feature makes it easy for developers to keep track of the changes that are being applied to their projects. They can set GitLab so that it sends them a notification when changes are made. These notifications can be customized to meet the developer's specific needs.
    • Built-in CI/CD capabilities. Users are able to build, test, and deploy their software without turning to outside integrations. The CI/CD automation is built-in so that all of these functions can be easily automated as necessary.

    Reviews from Real Users

    GitLab is a solution that stands out when compared to many of its competitors. Two major advantages it offers are the overall completeness of the solution and the way that it enables application developers to work on various parts of a given project simultaneously.

    Kulbhushan M., co-founder and technical architect at Think NYX Technologies LLP, writes, “The SaaS setup is impressive, and it has DAST solutions. It also has dependency check and scanning mechanisms. If we were using other solutions, they would have to be configured, and we would have to set them to us as a third party, but GitLab is straightforward. GitLab is a single solution that helps us do everything we need.”

    Zeeshan R., a software engineer at OZ, writes, “The best thing is that as the developers work on separate tasks, all of the code goes there and the other team members don't have to wait on each other to finish. We can all work on our code in tandem.”

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    Sample Customers
    Williams-Sonoma, Autodesk, HUAWEI, Chromeriver, RingCentral, Demandware.
    Siemens, University of Washington, Equinix, Paessler AG, CNCF, Ticketmaster, CERN, Vaadin
    Top Industries
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company18%
    Financial Services Firm14%
    Healthcare Company11%
    Government10%
    REVIEWERS
    Computer Software Company22%
    Financial Services Firm13%
    Manufacturing Company13%
    Retailer13%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company18%
    Comms Service Provider13%
    Financial Services Firm11%
    Government9%
    Company Size
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    Small Business13%
    Midsize Enterprise25%
    Large Enterprise63%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business14%
    Midsize Enterprise10%
    Large Enterprise76%
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    Small Business47%
    Midsize Enterprise8%
    Large Enterprise45%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business19%
    Midsize Enterprise14%
    Large Enterprise67%
    Buyer's Guide
    Contrast Security Assess vs. GitLab
    October 2022
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    Contrast Security Assess is ranked 13th in Application Security Testing (AST) with 3 reviews while GitLab is ranked 3rd in Application Security Testing (AST) with 48 reviews. Contrast Security Assess is rated 8.6, while GitLab is rated 8.6. The top reviewer of Contrast Security Assess writes "We're gathering vulnerability data from multiple environments in real time, fundamentally changing how we identify issues in applications". On the other hand, the top reviewer of GitLab writes "Powerful, mature, and easy to set up and manage". Contrast Security Assess is most compared with Veracode, SonarQube, Snyk, Fortify WebInspect and PortSwigger Burp Suite Professional, whereas GitLab is most compared with Microsoft Azure DevOps, TeamCity, Tekton, AWS CodePipeline and Sonatype Nexus Lifecycle. See our Contrast Security Assess vs. GitLab report.

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