Shift Left Security

Fix vulnerabilities, secrets, and misconfigurations early in the SDLC

An illustration of the Shift Left Security in the Orca platform

The Challenge

Development, DevOps, and Security Teams Are Operating in Silos

The benefits of Shift Left Security are clear. However, putting this process into practice is more difficult. Although there are security tools that scan either IaC templates or container images, many don’t do both or lack integration across the software development lifecycle.

Developers need to identify vulnerabilities and security issues while shipping code quickly.

DevOps teams must manage policies and create integrations for multiple tools, duplicating efforts and hindering consistency.

Security teams struggle with siloed solutions, lack of shared context, and contradictory alerts.

Our Approach

The Orca Cloud Security Platform provides comprehensive security and compliance checks across the full software development lifecycle, offering code security that includes software composition analysis (SCA), secrets detection, IaC security, and container image scanning. In addition, Orca traces findings from the production environment back to the original application development artifacts, ensuring security teams can partner with development and DevOps teams to fix risks quickly. Orca investigates the data and control plane for vulnerabilities, misconfigurations, malware, IAM risks, lateral movement risks, and sensitive data exposure across the entire lifecycle of your applications.

Developer code is continually scanned during every code review and undergoes software composition analysis (SCA), IaC scanning, and secret detection.

Container images and IaC templates are scanned on the developer desktop or as part of regular, continuous integration (CI) / continuous delivery (CD) workflows.

Registries are continually monitored to ensure application images are secure before deployment, with guardrail policies in place to prevent insecure deployments.

Production environments are monitored for risks with contextual alerts and risk prioritization, as well as integrations with ticketing and notification tools.

Secure your IaC code

Misconfigurations in IaC code can quickly propagate by the hundreds and thousands when reused for other projects. To prevent this, Orca offers detailed IaC scanning to catch issues early in the SDLC.

  • Easily set and customize policies for IaC scanning – including guardrails – to reflect your unique security requirements.
  • Validate IaC code across popular IaC platforms, including Terraform, AWS CloudFormation, Azure Resource Manager, Google Deployment Manager, Ansible, Kubernetes, and more.
  • Automatically scan IaC code on every pull request to detect new issues or policy violations.
  • Notify developers of any issues that need to be addressed, including their precise location and steps for remediation.
Orca identifies the precise location of issues in IaC code
Orca’s secret detection capabilities analyzes risks dynamically using multiple factors

Detect Secrets before committing code

Attackers can discover exposed secrets in minutes. Orca prevents secrets exposure by detecting them early in the SDLC, long before code is built or shipped so you can keep secrets, secret.

  • Integrate secrets detection into development platforms for automatic scanning, dynamic alert scoring, and risk prioritization using Orca’s GitHub App, GitLab App, or Orca CLI
  • Easily customize policies for secret detection to filter for specific security issues and set guardrails for blocking builds or notifying developers.
  • Leverage Orca’s pre-commit hook to detect issues before they reach repositories, eliminating the need for secret rotations, risk analysis, and other post-commit measures.

Software Composition Analysis (SCA) to detect open-source risks

Open-source vulnerabilities, misconfigurations, and licensing requirements are a question of “when,” not “if.” With Orca you can automatically detect and secure open-source software in your codebase for enhanced security and confidence.

  • Automatically scan container images, filesystems, and Git repositories on every push or pull request. 
  • Obtain a full SBOM of your Code repositories, including transitive dependencies.
  • Identify vulnerabilities introduced by dependencies across a wide range of packages, including Ruby, Python, PHP, Node.js, .NET, Java, Golang, and more.
Orca isolates and displays risky dependencies for vulnerable packages
Orca’s SCM-PM solution offers a unified dashboard for managing SCM account and repository risks

Keep Source Code Management configurations secure

Source Code Management (SCM) platforms can present significant security risks if not properly configured. With Orca, security teams can go beyond code security to detect and remediate misconfigurations and risks across SCM accounts and repositories.

  • Get a comprehensive and detailed inventory of your repository instances, including any new repositories when they are created. 
  • Scan SCM platforms and assets using industry best practices from the Open Source Security Foundation (OPSSF), Legitify, and other industry standards.
  • Leverage Orca’s dynamic risk assessments and prioritized alerts to enhance remediation efforts, reduce alert fatigue, and maximize productivity.

Build security into every CI/CD process

Embed comprehensive cloud security checks into your CI/CD process by leveraging the easy-to-use Orca command-line interface (Orca CLI) and native integrations to:

  • Automatically run all the critical security and compliance checks using CIS benchmarks and custom policies.
  • Surface findings in native development tooling as well as the Orca Platform UI.
  • Orca supports common CI and development tools, including Jenkins, BitBucket, CircleCI, GitHub, GitLab, and more.
Orca Security's command line interface

Frictionless workflow integration and automation

Orca offers a number of off the shelf integrations so you can fit Orca into your existing workflows, ensuring fast remediation and avoiding confusion about team responsibilities.

  • Forward findings to notification systems such as email, PagerDuty, OpsGenie, and Slack.
  • Auto assign alerts to remediation teams with ticketing systems such as Jira or ServiceNow.
  • Apply security policy directly in GitHub using the native Orca GitHub app
  • Automate remediation by integrating Orca with SOAR systems, including Torq and Brinqa
An example of how Orca integrates with existing code repositories like Github

Orca Simplifies DevOps and DevSecOps Tasks


Milan, Italy



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“I tell my peers in the banking industry to try Orca. If they try it, they will surely keep it.”

Giorgio Rocca Chief Information Security Officer

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“Orca gives us the ability to collaborate with other teams within Docebo using just one tool. It ensures we speak the same language to achieve our security goals.”

Davide Riva Manager, Security Operations

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“Orca gives us a complete cloud inventory to know about all our assets and workloads for vulnerability management.”

Aaron Brown Head of Cloud Security

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