Enhance Your Cybersecurity With An SBOM

Learn how an SBOM can improve your cybersecurity

With all the cybersecurity benefits an SBOM offers, it’s a wonder they weren’t used in the software development life cycle long ago. Today, the need for SBOMs has grown more urgent because open source has become a core part of modern software development.

At least one report finds that 75% of all codebases audited were composed of open-source components with known security vulnerabilities. More troubling, is that 91% of codebases contained open-source dependencies that had no upgrades, no code improvements, and no security issues remediated in the past two years.

There have been countless high-profile incidents of attackers exploiting vulnerabilities in components, which have compromised untold numbers of systems. An up-to-date and accurate SBOM would have fed information into analysis and reporting tools and the affected organizations could have more effectively mitigated the security failings. This would have provided visibility into the defective dependencies.

But the past is the past. A new Rezilion white paper examines the compelling, big-picture security benefits of using an SBOM, such as increased visibility and transparency and the ability for faster remediation, and how to get started.

A Dynamic SBOM Increases Your Cybersecurity Posture

SBOMs help organizations determine if they are susceptible to security vulnerabilities previously identified in software components. As Gartner points out, it’s not just open-source libraries that need to be identified and monitored for flaws. These components could be internally developed or commercially procured.

The software supply chain continues to grow at a dizzying rate. Java, JavaScript, Python, and .NET–the top four open-source ecosystems–now contain a combined 37,451,682 different versions of components. In 2021, there was a 650% YoY increase in software supply chain attacks aimed at exploiting weaknesses in upstream open-source ecosystems.

It’s not just publicly disclosed vulnerabilities that are getting exploited. Attackers are now aggressively implanting malicious code in open-source projects.

SBOMs generate and verify information about code provenance and relationships between components. This information helps software engineering teams detect malicious attacks during development (such as code injection) and deployment (such as binary tampering).

And SBOMs become even more valuable when they are Dynamic since they can respond to real-time changes in the SDLC. It is also important that an organization choose an SBOM that automatically incorporates updates whenever changes are made. After all, information is no good if it’s not current.

As vulnerabilities emerge, a Dynamic SBOM will alert developers to those that need to be prioritized so a patch can be applied.

Increasing Cybersecurity Posture Leads to Greater Trust

Throughout the software development life cycle, software engineering teams can identify other problems, such as licensing issues. All of this leads to greater trust and security in the software supply chain.

Vendors can help ensure that your organization has access to accurate and up-to-date information on the components that make up your projects. Security teams should also periodically review SBOMs to ensure they are accurate and complete.

It’s time to be proactive and get a jump-start on increasing your cybersecurity posture. Gartner projects that by 2025, 60% of organizations building or procuring critical infrastructure software will mandate and standardize SBOMs in their software engineering practice, up from less than 20% in 2022. By 2024, the firm estimates that 90% of SCA tools will have the ability to generate and verify SBOMs to help securely consume open-source software, up from 30% in 2022.

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