What’s an SBOM?
Software Bills of Materials (SBOMs) were born out of the need to provide a better way to accurately track and understand the origin, makeup and current state of a software package.
Whereas a Bill of Materials (BOM) is a structured list of the components needed to build a software package, identified by their quantity and source, an SBOM is a standardized way to identify the software components used by an application that needs to be tested, along with their supply-chain relationships. It lists all the open-source libraries used, other third-party proprietary libraries and some metadata about the custom code in the product.
SBOMs have recently gained popularity due to the increased need to understand what kind of libraries are being utilized as part of the development of applications. One such example came from a recent Executive Order by the Biden administration instructing various government agencies to take action to improve our nation’s cybersecurity. One of these actions was to provide guidance and standards on SBOMs, given that they’re a great tool to search for, and resolve, vulnerabilities hidden within the various parts of the products used.
How can Contrast Security help?
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