The Federal Government’s Cybersecurity Executive Order
Today’s software supply chain is complex, and it’s under attack. 2021 is on course to be a record year with zero days reported without an incident.
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.
Code Insight from Revenera provides the most complete, accurate SBOM in the industry. We don’t just stop at software packages, containers, and dependencies. Code Insight allows organizations to go deeper.
The order—focused on cybersecurity—includes new security requirements for software vendors selling software to the U.S. government.
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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.