Secrets Detection and Scanning
by Cycode

Continuously scan, detect and remediate every hidden secret across your
SDLC and developer productivity tools

Used by leading security teams

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Scan Code & Beyond to
Find All Your Exposed Secrets

Secrets hide in a lot of places that aren’t just source code. Make sure you find and fix them all.

AI powered secrets detection 

Extend secrets detection across ticketing, documentation, and messaging tools

Identify secrets across the SDLC

Pre-defined rules to detect secrets for both known and proprietary services

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Not All Secrets
Are Created Equal

Prioritize your riskiest secrets so you can fix your biggest threats first.

Validate the status of your secrets activity

Secrets risk scoring based on potential impact and exposure

Leverage code context to reduce any false detections

Monitor secrets exposure in private or public repos

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Prevent Secrets Exposure with
Developer Friendly Workflows

Enable your developers to detect and remove hardcoded secrets directly within their existing tools, enhancing security without disrupting workflow.

Detect and remediate right within the IDE

Streamline remediation workflows through ticketing tool integrations

Auto-resolve remediated secrets

Connect into the CI/CD workflow with Cycode CLI

Detect, block, and monitor secrets in the PR

Deep Diving Resources

Analyst Research

Secrets Management
And DevOps

Solution Brief

A Complete Hardcoded
Secrets Solution

Frequently Asked Questions

What are secrets and why are they important?

Secrets are pieces of sensitive information used to authenticate and authorize access to various systems, services, and applications. These include API keys, passwords, tokens, credentials, certificates, and more. Protecting these secrets is crucial because their exposure can lead to unauthorized access, data breaches, and significant security incidents.

Implementing tools and best practices for secrets management, such as secrets detection using a secrets scanner, helps ensure that sensitive information remains secure throughout the development and operational lifecycle.

What kind of secrets are found in source code?

Secrets in source code refer to sensitive data that should remain confidential and secure. They are often used to access critical services, databases, or third-party integrations. Secrets typically include API keys, authentication tokens, passwords, encryption keys, and private certificates, but can be any sensitive data you don’t want exposed.

Learn more about the top source code leaks and their impact.

Are secrets found only in source code?

A secret can be found in more places than just source code. They can appear in build logs, version histories, IaC templates, documentation, ticketing systems, and productivity tools like Slack and Confluence. Because they can be found across the SDLC, you need a secrets scanner that can find a wide range of secrets in all they places they may exist.

Why don’t code reviews find secrets in source code?

Code reviews are designed to identify logical errors, coding standards violations, and potential security vulnerabilities, but they are not foolproof for secrets detection.

Human reviewers may overlook embedded secrets due to their subtle nature, especially in large codebases. Secrets might also be introduced through automated scripts or overlooked configuration files, which are not always subject to thorough manual review.

Automated tools like Cycode are specifically designed to detect secrets are more effective; they systematically scan code for patterns and anomalies indicative of sensitive information.

Why is it hard to detect secrets in code?

Secrets in code are hard to detect because there are many different types of secrets that are structured in many different ways. Some secrets do follow a known pattern and, because of this, are easier to detect. Other secrets may not follow a standard pattern or may be encrypted or hashed, which makes them more difficult to detect. For these types of secrets, trying to find them in code may lead to high rates of false positives. For this reason, you need a secrets scanner that can accurately identify secrets without a high number of false positives.