About GitHub Advanced Security

GitHub makes extra security features available to customers under an Advanced Security license.

GitHub Advanced Security is available for enterprise accounts on GitHub Enterprise Cloud and GitHub Enterprise Server. For more information, see "About GitHub's products."

About GitHub Advanced Security

GitHub has many features that help you improve and maintain the quality of your code. Some of these are included in all plans, such as dependency graph and Dependabot alerts. Other security features require a license for GitHub Advanced Security to run on repositories apart from public repositories on GitHub.com.

For more information about purchasing GitHub Advanced Security, see "About billing for GitHub Advanced Security."

About Advanced Security features

A GitHub Advanced Security license provides the following additional features:

  • Code scanning - Search for potential security vulnerabilities and coding errors in your code. For more information, see "About code scanning."

  • Secret scanning - Detect secrets, for example keys and tokens, that have been checked into the repository. For more information, see "About secret scanning."

  • Dependency review - Show the full impact of changes to dependencies and see details of any vulnerable versions before you merge a pull request. For more information, see "About dependency review."

For information about Advanced Security features that are in development, see "GitHub public roadmap." For an overview of all security features, see "GitHub security features."

Deploying GitHub Advanced Security in your enterprise

To learn about what you need to know to plan your GitHub Advanced Security deployment at a high level, see "Overview of GitHub Advanced Security."

To review the rollout phases we recommended in more detail, see "Deploying GitHub Advanced Security in your enterprise."

Enabling Advanced Security features on GitHub Enterprise Server

The site administrator must enable Advanced Security for your GitHub Enterprise Server instance before you can use these features. For more information, see "Configuring Advanced Security features."

Once your system is set up, you can enable and disable these features at the organization or repository level. For more information, see "Managing security and analysis settings for your organization" and "Managing security and analysis settings for your repository."

Enabling Advanced Security features on GitHub.com

For public repositories on GitHub.com, these features are permanently on and can only be disabled if you change the visibility of the project so that the code is no longer public.

For other repositories, once you have a license for your enterprise account, you can enable and disable these features at the organization or repository level. For more information, see "Managing security and analysis settings for your organization" and "Managing security and analysis settings for your repository."

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