Understanding Software Bill of Materials

June 4, 2021
White Papers

Software supply chain upgrades will bring security, compliance, and opportunity

World events and government regulatory changes have put software supply chain security in the spotlight. A 2021 U.S. executive order on improving cybersecurity monitoring and response mandates the adoption of software bill of materials (SBOM) by large government supply chains. This will change how software is provided to the U.S. government, but will also influence commercial and international markets to adopt SBOM.

But what exactly is an SBOM? And why is the government so eager to implement it? You’ll find answers to these and many other questions in “Understanding Software Bill of Materials,” the latest white paper by Interos. You’ll learn the definition of an SBOM and the most common SBOM data formats, and discover why the concept is so important for modern enterprises hoping to stay secure. 

Widespread SBOM adoption is worth celebrating, particularly when it comes to open-source software (OSS). While developers commonly integrate OSS into their projects, this can introduce potential vulnerabilities. With Software Bill of Materials in place, teams can understand precisely what risks they run with any given OSS, making it possible to navigate challenging compliance scenarios. 

It’s important to understand the threats that imperil software supply chains every day. Traditionally these threats have been hard to track and quickly exploited by bad actors. However, developers and supply chain professionals can turn the tables by implementing SBOM. 

Discover What Software Bill of Materials (SBOM) Is and What It Can Do 

Read this whitepaper to understand SBOM components and how adopting SBOM:

  • Follows directly from Biden’s latest executive order, but will likely have ripple effects beyond governmental agencies
  • Protects software from constantly evolving cyber threats like SolarWinds
  • Benefits developers by reducing manual efforts and improving visibility
  • Helps protect the broader supply chain and improves end-user experiences

In order to stay on top of the latest supply software chain updates, you’ll need technology that can keep up with the latest news in near-real-time. The Interos platform leverages AI and machine learning to identify and follow software suppliers all the way down to the Nth-tier, so that when something happens to a supplier, you can react accordingly. To learn more about the Interos platform, visit interos.ai.

 

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