If you are someone who develops open-source software, you want to pay attention to this. Even though open source is beneficial for those who want software that is easy to modify, there are security risks that can and, at times, do cause significant issues – and seemingly out of the blue. Fortunately, it is entirely possible to take a proactive approach to preventing disaster from happening.
Say hello to software composition analysis tools. These will benefit you in more ways than one. Especially if you want to make sure that your software is secure against all kinds of vulnerabilities, as and when those vulnerabilities arise.
Let’s discuss what software composition analysis is, and how it can benefit you:
What Are Software Composition Analysis Tools?
Software composition analysis tools are used to test the security and integrity of software and applications, including those that are considered open source. These tools perform automated scans of the code base of an application. It will pick up on vulnerabilities located in such places as registries, and will identify the components that make the software ‘open source’.
These tools will detect vulnerabilities that exist, so you are made aware of them as soon as possible – and before they cause an issue – and, of course, are able to install a solution, like a patch.
What Will These Tools Look For?
The software composition analysis tools will look for the following components in open source software:
- Licenses for usage
- Any out of date library versions and the current age
- Open security CVEs (if available)
The tools will look for certain risks including top-down and bottom-up risks. They will also detect if any licenses are up to date, or whether they will need to be renewed as it gets closer to the expiration date.
Why Are These Tools Beneficial?
The importance of securing your software against a wide (and still-growing) range of threats cannot be overstated. For that reason, Software Composition Analysis Tools are beneficial for the following reasons:
They Offer complete visibility: These tools over complete visibility of the entire code base of open-source software. You’ll be able to see the coding itself and possibly make necessary changes as you go.
You will see potential security risks as soon as possible: While looking through the code, you will be able to have a full view of the potential security risks that may exist. This will allow you to identify those risks and mitigate them, ensuring a proactive approach to risk management – rather than a far less effective, reactive approach that renders you much more vulnerable to the consequences of a security breach.
You can enjoy streamlined security and compliance: If you want to make security and compliance a lot simpler, then you want to use these tools to ensure that the software complies with security standards. This way, it will keep you and your software users protected from the inside and out, and protect you from the financial and reputational implications of a failure to comply.
Now more than ever before, anyone who works online must deploy a preventative approach to cybersecurity. Addressing issues as and when they arise, rather than after they begin to cause a significant problem, is the only way to ensure continuity – and, of course, the safety and security of your users.