The State of Secrets Sprawl 2024

By GitGuardian


Our research sheds light on a concerning trend: 90% of exposed valid secrets remain active for at least five days after the author is notified. This finding emphasizes a crucial lesson in code security: while detecting vulnerabilities is critical, the real challenge lies in remediation. Security, we believe, must be a shared responsibility across all stages of the Software Development Life Cycle (SDLC), not just the domain of specialized teams. Raising awareness about these seemingly minor lapses is essential for mitigating supply chain risks.

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