16 Dec 2020 -

Knowing your supply-chain software is critical to security

Electronic Design (ED) says a critical but often overlooked aspect of supply chain security is having the software-equivalent of a BOM that includes all aspects of the code used to manage your supply-chain.

“We’re all very familiar with the concept of a physical bill of materials (BOM) listing all of a system’s components and elements. However, very few companies have a similar list of components for their software, at least to a level that’s useful. This may seem like an easy thing to fix, but the complexity of creating and managing a good software BOM can’t be overstated,” writes ED.

Important steps should be taken to understand what software exists in your systems and ensure that there’s more visibility of what’s being integrated into the future, they advise.

“At the most basic level, you want to know how much of your software is actually yours: How much has been created by you, and how much is obtained by other sources.”

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