GitHub Actions Security Automation for Your Private Repositories

You’ve used it for public repositories, now leverage the power of GitHub Actions Security Automation for private repositories too.

Varun Sharma
October 18, 2023

StepSecurity’s orchestration platform has been a game changer for developers around the world and has enabled 700 open-source projects to integrate application security tools and harden CI/CD pipelines in public repositories. Today, we’re thrilled to announce the launch of our orchestration platform for private repositories! With this, you’ll be able to secure your CI/CD pipelines with the same trusted technology for your sensitive projects being tested and deployed in private repositories.

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Automate GitHub Actions Security Seamlessly

If you’re new to StepSecurity’s orchestration platform, here’s everything you need to know about it. This powerful tool automates the process of securing your CI/CD pipelines and enhances the security and efficiency of your workflows. From scanning the code, suggesting improvements, to helping you seamlessly integrate essential security tools, the platform will do it all on both public and private repositories. Here are some benefits of the platform you should know about:

  • Saves developer time by automating error prone and mundane tasks
  • Leads to consistent coverage of security tools
  • Reduces security risk with seamless fixes in the code

How to Use the Orchestration Platform for Private Repositories

If you have used the platform before for public repositories, you’ll find this one is just as straightforward. Here’s a quick guide:

  • Enter Repository Name: Enter the repository name in the provided textbox.
  • Click on Analyze Repository: Click the "Analyze Repository" button to initiate the process.
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  • Provide Personal Access Token (PAT): If your repository is private, you will be prompted to provide a Personal Access Token (PAT) and an email address. We strongly recommend using a fine-grained Personal Access Token (PAT) for enhanced security.
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  • Automated Analysis of the Private Repository: Just like the orchestration platform for public repository, it will use the provided details to analyze your repository and suggest improvements to harden your CI/CD pipelines. It will also identify any missing security tools within your pipeline.
  • Select Controls and Create Pull Request: Finally, you can select the appropriate controls and click “Create pull request”. This will create a pull request with the necessary changes.
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Learning from Existing Public Repositories Using the Platform

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Looking for examples of open-source projects that have benefited from this platform? Explore the pull requests created by the top 50 of the 500+ open-source projects here:

Enhanced Security Powered by StepSecurity’s Orchestration Platform

Our orchestration platform enhances the security of your GitHub Actions workflow by enabling:

  • StepSecurity Harden-Runner GitHub Action for CI/CD Runtime Security   
  • Static Application Security Testing (SAST) Tool   
  • Software Composition Analysis (SCA) Tool   
  • OpenSSF Scorecard   
  • Dependabot Configuration for Dependency and CI/CD tool updates    
  • Pre-commit Hooks for Secret Scanning and Linting

When it comes to hardening aspects of the CI/CD pipelines of GitHub Actions workflows, our platform ensures:   

  • Setting the least permissions for GitHub action tokens   
  • Pinning of GitHub Actions   
  • Docker Image Pinning 


We understand how important it is to secure the CI/CD pipelines of private repositories and that’s why our pricing structure is flexible and accommodating.  

  • Open-Source Projects: Our orchestration platform remains free for open-source projects or public GitHub repositories, continuing to support the global developer community.
  • Private Repositories: For private repositories, your organization can create the first five pull requests for free. After that, you can seamlessly transition to a paid plan. Please note that some of the tools added using the pull requests may be from other organizations, and you may need a license for use in private repositories.

Let’s Get Started

Automating GitHub Actions security best practices has never been easier, thanks to StepSecurity's GitHub Actions orchestration platform for private repositories. Don’t believe it? Try it for yourself here:

Join the ranks of the world’s top DevOps teams who are leveraging the power of StepSecurity’s orchestrating platform to automate GitHub actions security. Contact us today to learn more about the platform.

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