WHAT IS SOFTWARE COMPOSITION ANALYSIS (SCA)?
Today’s software applications rely heavily on open-source components. Software Composition Analysis (SCA) is the process of automating visibility into the use of open source software (OSS) for the purpose of risk management, license compliance, and security. SCA helps ensure that the open source components that developers embed in their applications meet basic security standards and do not introduce risk to the organization.
Software Composition Analysis tools not only identify open source security risks and vulnerabilities of third-party components, they can also provide licensing and vulnerability information about each component. More advanced SCA security tools are able to automate the entire process of open source selection, approval, and tracking, saving developers precious time and increasing their accuracy significantly. Increasingly, SCA tools are becoming an essential part of application security portfolios.
What are Benefits of Software Composition Analysis?
Software Composition Analysis benefits include: end-to-end software supply chain visibility; third-party software testing throughout the software lifecycle; ability to prioritize risks; ability to manage dependency risk; and govern third-party software in real-time.