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SBOM Cybersecurity Executive Order

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.

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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.

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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. 

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Cybersecurity Awareness

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?

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RESOURCES

Blog

The New Cybersecurity Executive Order: 2021 is the Year of the SBoM

The order—focused on cybersecurity—includes new security requirements for software vendors selling software to the U.S. government.

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Revenera Helps Users Meet SBOM Mandate Included in White House Executive Order

Software Composition Analysis (SCA) is a security and compliance function that’s key to the software development lifecycle

Incorporating Software Composition Analysis into Your Secure Application Strategy

Security breaches are on the rise and no strategy is complete. If you are in software development, security, or compliance, learn more about implementing software composition analysis to manage risk associated with software applications.

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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.

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