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Black Kite feature-by-feature comparisons

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Capabilities
Star rating
Based on ten risk categories and 250+ control items but unknown amount of companies covered.
5 stars
2,000,000+ organizations scanned daily.
Star rating
170,000 supported organizations.
Star rating
Provides security ratings that aggregate different risks into a single score, allowing for the comparison of different third-party vendors and service providers.
Star rating
Offers cybersecurity ratings and deep reporting capabilities to help businesses surface and manage cyber risks
Usability and the learning curve
Star rating
Interface that grades risk categories from A to F.
5 stars
High-level summation of risk with the ability to drill down into precise technical details.
Star rating
Provides views of identified vendor risks enabling detailed reporting of vendors.
Star rating
Simple interface for quick grade reports and charts.
Star rating
Provides dashboard visibility for risk prioritization based on configured policy. Cloud based platform offers minimal need for installation.
Community support
Star rating
Company and product blog.
5 stars
UpGuard Summit brings together a community of security leaders from leading companies, explores the future of security and helps businesses stay secure. The UpGuard cybersecurity and risk management blog is updated four times a week and our breach research blog has uncovered and secured some of the largest data breaches.
Star rating
BitSight maintains regular blog posts and webinars covering security incidents, feature updates, and industry developments.
Star rating
SecurityScoreCard offers a user Academy for customer users along with a regularly updated company blog, webinar series, and resource center.
Star rating
Offers a customer user academy, consistently updated company blog, coverage of critical global security events, and a regular webinar schedule for sharing best practices.
Release rate
Star rating
4 stars
UpGuard has adopted DevOps principles internally to develop, test, and release software continuously, ensuring fast, consistent, and safe releases.
Star rating
BitSight does not publicly disclose product release cycle periods but does provide overviews of significant platform updates via their corporate blog.
Star rating
Makes releases as needed throughout the year, consistently enabling customer users to access information logs of beneficial changes.
Star rating
RiskRecon does not appear to publicly share regular release rates, roadmaps, or documentation for solution updates.
Pricing and support
Star rating
Public pricing information is not available.
5 stars
UpGuard has a transparent pricing model which you can view here. UpGuard pricing starts at $5,249/year and scales with your company.
Star rating
Public pricing information is not available. Pricing is reported to start at $20,000 plus $2,000-$2,500 per vendor per year.
Star rating
Public pricing information is not available. Reports say pricing starts at $16,500 for self-assessment plus five vendors, and additional vendors cost $1,500-$2,000 per vendor per year.
Star rating
Public pricing information is not available. Pricing is reported to start at $10,000 and increases based on the number of vendors monitored.
API and extensibility
Star rating
4 stars
UpGuard offers a standard API to pull data into other enterprise applications.
Star rating
SecurityScoreCard offers API connections for users seeking greater security ratings extensibility.
Star rating
SecurityScoreCard offers API connections for users seeking greater security ratings extensibility.
Star rating
Offers a standard API to create extensibility for RiskRecon cybersecurity ratings.
Third-party integrations
Star rating
Integrates with Supply Wisdom and VendorInsight.
4 stars
Connect UpGuard with over 4,000+ apps using our Zapier integration.
Star rating
Offers integrations with RSA Archer GRC, CyberGRX, OneTrust Vendorpedia, ProcessUnity, MetricStream, and more.
Star rating
Offers integrations with several third party platforms, such as RSA Archer, ServiceNow, and more.
Star rating
Offers integrations with GRC platforms, such as RSA Archer, Sigma Ratings, Whistic, and more.
Customers
Star rating
Customers include Polk & Wardwell, LLP, a Fortune 500 retailer, and an OTC financial institution.
5 stars
The New York Stock Exchange (ICE), Morningstar, TDK, PagerDuty, Hopin, and IAG. Read our customer stories.
Star rating
Major customers include Optus / Singtel, The University of North Florida, Snam, and PROSA.
Star rating
Major customers include Symantec, Pepsico, Two Sigma, and Stony Brook University.
Star rating
Major customers include Informatica, Tufts Health Plan, University of San Francisco, and Sentara.
Predictive capabilities
Star rating
Performs non-intrusive checks including passive DNS, attack surface detection, passive vulnerability scanning, DNS health, SSL/TLS strength, and email security, as well as asset reputation, credential compromises, hacktivist shares, social media monitoring, dark web search, cloud delivery network security, fraudulent apps, and DDoS detection. They do not, however, provide real transparency into the efficacy of these checks.
5 stars
As UpGuard checks for misconfigurations across your Internet footprint, many important breach vectors are covered, including phishing, ransomware susceptibility (like WannaCry), man-in-the-middle attacks, DNSSEC, vulnerabilities, email spoofing, domain hijacking, and DNS issues. Data leaks are automatically surfaced by the platform for your team to assess and close before they become breaches.
Star rating
The IP reputation methodology helps catch active malware installations, but that’s only one possible way a data breach can occur.
Star rating
SecurityScorecard utilizes active and passive data collection methods that are publicly available. The data collected provides indicators of risk relating to open ports, DNS, HSTS, SSL (and more) that are processed via their proprietary algorithm to produce individual security ratings.
Star rating
Allows users to implement a baseline configuration within the RiskRecon portal to match risk structures being used to manage enterprise and third-party risk. Risks monitored provide visibility into email security, application security, network filtering, and more.
Security rating
UpGuard Security Rating
UpGuard Security Rating
UpGuard Security Rating
UpGuard Security Rating
UpGuard Security Rating
Capabilities
Star rating
Based on ten risk categories and 250+ control items but unknown amount of companies covered.
Usability and the learning curve
Star rating
Interface that grades risk categories from A to F.
Community support
Star rating
Company and product blog.
Release rate
Star rating
Pricing and support
Star rating
Public pricing information is not available.
API and extensibility
Star rating
Third-party integrations
Star rating
Integrates with Supply Wisdom and VendorInsight.
Customers
Star rating
Customers include Polk & Wardwell, LLP, a Fortune 500 retailer, and an OTC financial institution.
Predictive capabilities
Star rating
Performs non-intrusive checks including passive DNS, attack surface detection, passive vulnerability scanning, DNS health, SSL/TLS strength, and email security, as well as asset reputation, credential compromises, hacktivist shares, social media monitoring, dark web search, cloud delivery network security, fraudulent apps, and DDoS detection. They do not, however, provide real transparency into the efficacy of these checks.
Security rating
UpGuard Security Rating
Capabilities
5 stars
2,000,000+ organizations scanned daily.
Usability and the learning curve
5 stars
High-level summation of risk with the ability to drill down into precise technical details.
Community support
5 stars
UpGuard Summit brings together a community of security leaders from leading companies, explores the future of security and helps businesses stay secure. The UpGuard cybersecurity and risk management blog is updated four times a week and our breach research blog has uncovered and secured some of the largest data breaches.
Release rate
4 stars
UpGuard has adopted DevOps principles internally to develop, test, and release software continuously, ensuring fast, consistent, and safe releases.
Pricing and support
5 stars
UpGuard has a transparent pricing model which you can view here. UpGuard pricing starts at $5,249/year and scales with your company.
API and extensibility
4 stars
UpGuard offers a standard API to pull data into other enterprise applications.
Third-party integrations
4 stars
Connect UpGuard with over 4,000+ apps using our Zapier integration.
Customers
5 stars
The New York Stock Exchange (ICE), Morningstar, TDK, PagerDuty, Hopin, and IAG. Read our customer stories.
Predictive capabilities
5 stars
As UpGuard checks for misconfigurations across your Internet footprint, many important breach vectors are covered, including phishing, ransomware susceptibility (like WannaCry), man-in-the-middle attacks, DNSSEC, vulnerabilities, email spoofing, domain hijacking, and DNS issues. Data leaks are automatically surfaced by the platform for your team to assess and close before they become breaches.
Capabilities
Star rating
170,000 supported organizations.
Usability and the learning curve
Star rating
Provides views of identified vendor risks enabling detailed reporting of vendors.
Community support
Star rating
BitSight maintains regular blog posts and webinars covering security incidents, feature updates, and industry developments.
Release rate
Star rating
BitSight does not publicly disclose product release cycle periods but does provide overviews of significant platform updates via their corporate blog.
Pricing and support
Star rating
Public pricing information is not available. Pricing is reported to start at $20,000 plus $2,000-$2,500 per vendor per year.
API and extensibility
Star rating
BitSight offers the ability for customers to extend security ratings through a Developer API.
Third-party integrations
Star rating
Offers integrations with RSA Archer GRC, CyberGRX, OneTrust Vendorpedia, ProcessUnity, MetricStream, and more.
Customers
Star rating
Major customers include Optus / Singtel, The University of North Florida, Snam, and PROSA.
Predictive capabilities
Star rating
The IP reputation methodology helps catch active malware installations, but that’s only one possible way a data breach can occur.
Security rating
UpGuard Security Rating
Capabilities
Star rating
Provides security ratings that aggregate different risks into a single score, allowing for the comparison of different third-party vendors and service providers.
Usability and the learning curve
Star rating
Simple interface for quick grade reports and charts.
Community support
Star rating
SecurityScoreCard offers a user Academy for customer users along with a regularly updated company blog, webinar series, and resource center.
Release rate
Star rating
Makes releases as needed throughout the year, consistently enabling customer users to access information logs of beneficial changes.
Pricing and support
Star rating
Public pricing information is not available. Reports say pricing starts at $16,500 for self-assessment plus five vendors, and additional vendors cost $1,500-$2,000 per vendor per year.
API and extensibility
Star rating
SecurityScoreCard offers API connections for users seeking greater security ratings extensibility.
Third-party integrations
Star rating
Offers integrations with several third party platforms, such as RSA Archer, ServiceNow, and more.
Customers
Star rating
Major customers include Symantec, Pepsico, Two Sigma, and Stony Brook University.
Predictive capabilities
Star rating
SecurityScorecard utilizes active and passive data collection methods that are publicly available. The data collected provides indicators of risk relating to open ports, DNS, HSTS, SSL (and more) that are processed via their proprietary algorithm to produce individual security ratings.
Security rating
UpGuard Security Rating
Capabilities
Star rating
Offers cybersecurity ratings and deep reporting capabilities to help businesses surface and manage cyber risks
Usability and the learning curve
Star rating
Provides dashboard visibility for risk prioritization based on configured policy. Cloud based platform offers minimal need for installation.
Community support
Star rating
Offers a customer user academy, consistently updated company blog, coverage of critical global security events, and a regular webinar schedule for sharing best practices.
Release rate
Star rating
RiskRecon does not appear to publicly share regular release rates, roadmaps, or documentation for solution updates.
Pricing and support
Star rating
Public pricing information is not available. Pricing is reported to start at $10,000 and increases based on the number of vendors monitored.
API and extensibility
Star rating
Offers a standard API to create extensibility for RiskRecon cybersecurity ratings.
Third-party integrations
Star rating
Offers integrations with GRC platforms, such as RSA Archer, Sigma Ratings, Whistic, and more.
Customers
Star rating
Major customers include Informatica, Tufts Health Plan, University of San Francisco, and Sentara.
Predictive capabilities
Star rating
Allows users to implement a baseline configuration within the RiskRecon portal to match risk structures being used to manage enterprise and third-party risk. Risks monitored provide visibility into email security, application security, network filtering, and more.
Security rating
UpGuard Security Rating
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