SOFTWARE COMPOSITION ANALYSIS
What is the Federal Government’s Cybersecurity Executive Order?
Today’s software supply chain is complex, and it’s under attack.
The Executive Order issued by the Biden administration calls for the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) to provide software supply chain regulations within one year. These policies will determine how organizations check for and manage vulnerabilities within their applications.
PURPOSE OF THE EXECUTIVE ORDER
- Improve threat information sharing between federal government and private sector
- Modernize and implement stronger cybersecurity standards within the federal government
- Improve software supply chain security
- Establish a cybersecurity safety review board
- Create a playbook for responding to cybersecurity incidents
- Improve detection of cybersecurity incidents on federal government networks
WHAT’S IN THE EXECUTIVE ORDER
- Any software provider that sells software into the federal government must provide a Software Bill of Materials (SBOM)
- Evidence of regulatory compliance, including using tools to check code for vulnerabilities regularly and producing artifacts related to that testing
- Ensuring software development processes include measures to secure the build environment
- Proof of integrity of open source code use
- Proof of/or plans to secure the security of legacy software
WHY CREATE AN SBOM
An SBOM should provide a comprehensive inventory of the software components in your applications. necessary given code is a complex ecosystem. There’s hierarchy, dependencies, modules that are shared across applications, sub-components, commercial code that includes open source, and open source code that has more open source.
An accurate, complete SBOM allows companies to control risk by identifying and mitigating security vulnerabilities and source code license infringement. An SBOM also encourages secure software development practices. Developers can vet code before embedding it in applications.
Greater transparency. Enhanced security.
Cyber threats are more real today than ever before. The industry is responding with new regulations to secure a maturing software supply chain. How do you get started on a cybersecurity program that meets the needs of your organization?
Protect the Software Supply Chain. Get a Complete Software Bill of Materials.
The Executive Order encourages the private sector to follow the Federal Government’s lead and align cybersecurity strategy and investments with the government in order to minimize future attacks. Jumpstart your cybersecurity initiatives with Revenera.