Sonatype’s Stephen Magill: Agencies need to pay attention to open source software to ensure secure software supply chains


Stephen Magillvice president of product innovation at Sonatypesaid federal agencies seeking to ensure a secure software supply chain should focus more on open source software and open source library used.

Magill discussed the open-source library and how its popularity is associated with the security vulnerability.

“We advocate paying attention to a project’s processes and noting whether developers have built the ability to release quickly and respond quickly to incidents,” he wrote.

“Additionally, integrating a component means integrating all the components it depends on, so agencies should ensure that the development team also follows best practices to keep dependencies up to date,” he added. .

Magill noted that “understanding what is in the supply chain is critical to national security” and that agencies should be aware of the importance of a software BOM and its role in managing software supply chains.

“An SBOM is a comprehensive list of software components, open source licenses, and dependencies for a given product. It offers valuable insights into the software supply chain and potential risks,” he added.

He also discussed how automation could help agencies manage large volumes of artifacts while enabling them to drive favorable outcomes with regards to risk remediation, vulnerability identification, and code health.

“Automation can also help agencies build their ability to regularly update open source software. By regularly and automatically applying patches, agencies protect themselves from known vulnerabilities while improving their ability to respond quickly to zero-day attacks, Magill added.

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