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Managing security and analysis settings for your organization

You can control features that secure and analyze the code in your organization's projects on GitHub.

Who can use this feature

Organization owners can manage security and analysis settings for repositories in the organization.

About management of security and analysis settings

GitHub can help secure the repositories in your organization. You can manage the security and analysis features for all existing or new repositories that members create in your organization. Organizations that use GitHub Enterprise Cloud with a license for GitHub Advanced Security can also manage access to these features. For more information, see the GitHub Enterprise Cloud documentation.

Note: You can't disable some security and analysis features that are enabled by default for public repositories.

If you enable security and analysis features, GitHub performs read-only analysis on your repository. For more information, see "About GitHub's use of your data."

Displaying the security and analysis settings

  1. In the top right corner of GitHub.com, click your profile photo, then click Your organizations. Your organizations in the profile menu

  2. Next to the organization, click Settings. The settings button

  3. In the "Security" section of the sidebar, click Code security and analysis.

The page that's displayed allows you to enable or disable all security and analysis features for the repositories in your organization.

Enabling or disabling a feature for all existing repositories

You can enable or disable features for all repositories. The impact of your changes on repositories in your organization is determined by their visibility:

  • Dependency graph - Your changes affect only private repositories because the feature is always enabled for public repositories.
  • Dependabot alerts - Your changes affect all repositories.
  • Dependabot security updates - Your changes affect all repositories.
  1. Go to the security and analysis settings for your organization. For more information, see "Displaying the security and analysis settings."

  2. Under "Code security and analysis", to the right of the feature, click Disable all or Enable all.

    "Enable all" or "Disable all" button for "Configure security and analysis" features

  3. Optionally, enable the feature by default for new repositories in your organization.

    "Enable by default" option for new repositories

  4. Click Disable FEATURE or Enable FEATURE to disable or enable the feature for all the repositories in your organization.

    Button to disable or enable feature

When you enable one or more security and analysis features for existing repositories, you will see any results displayed on GitHub within minutes:

  • All the existing repositories will have the selected configuration.
  • New repositories will follow the selected configuration if you've enabled the checkbox for new repositories.
  • We use the permissions to scan for manifest files to apply the relevant services.
  • If enabled, you'll see dependency information in the dependency graph.
  • If enabled, GitHub will generate Dependabot alerts for vulnerable dependencies or malware.
  • If enabled, Dependabot security updates will create pull requests to upgrade vulnerable dependencies when Dependabot alerts are triggered.

Enabling or disabling a feature automatically when new repositories are added

  1. Go to the security and analysis settings for your organization. For more information, see "Displaying the security and analysis settings."

  2. Under "Code security and analysis", to the right of the feature, enable or disable the feature by default for new repositories, or all new private repositories, in your organization.

    Screenshot of a checkbox for enabling a feature for new repositories

Allowing Dependabot to access private dependencies

Dependabot can check for outdated dependency references in a project and automatically generate a pull request to update them. To do this, Dependabot must have access to all of the targeted dependency files. Typically, version updates will fail if one or more dependencies are inaccessible. For more information, see "About Dependabot version updates."

By default, Dependabot can't update dependencies that are located in private repositories or private package registries. However, if a dependency is in a private GitHub repository within the same organization as the project that uses that dependency, you can allow Dependabot to update the version successfully by giving it access to the host repository.

If your code depends on packages in a private registry, you can allow Dependabot to update the versions of these dependencies by configuring this at the repository level. You do this by adding authentication details to the dependabot.yml file for the repository. For more information, see "Configuration options for the dependabot.yml file."

To allow Dependabot to access a private GitHub repository:

  1. Go to the security and analysis settings for your organization. For more information, see "Displaying the security and analysis settings."

  2. Under "Dependabot private repository access", click Add private repositories or Add internal and private repositories. Add repositories button

  3. Start typing the name of the repository you want to allow. Repository search field with filtered dropdown

  4. Click the repository you want to allow.

  5. Optionally, to remove a repository from the list, to the right of the repository, click . "X" button to remove a repository

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