Organizations across every industry and geographic region use software applications to fuel product development. Generally, these applications are built with many individual software components, often from a variety of open source and proprietary source packages.
A software bill of materials (SBOM) gives individuals involved with the product (manufacturers, operators, buyers) full visibility into the software supply chain and any license compliance, security, and quality risks that may exist. SBOMs generally include a description of all proprietary and open source components that comprise the product (with data like supplier name, component name, version string, and author name) as well as a summary of the involved open source licenses.
This information can help organizations quickly identify and remediate potential security vulnerabilities, fulfill licensing requirements, and apply version control best practices. They can also play an important role in facilitating technical due diligence
Software composition analysis tools were created to produce a comprehensive inventory of open source components in a given product, so it shouldn’t come as a surprise that they can help organizations generate a bill of materials, too. SCA solutions help do this by: