We all have heard the Equifax data breach in 2017 where the systems had been breached and sensitive personal data of 146 million people had been compromised. The data breach included names, home addresses, phone numbers, dates of birth, social security numbers, and driver’s license numbers.
The credit card numbers of approximately 209,000 consumers were also breached. This breach demonstrated why open source security was so important and cannot be taken too lightly. Once an open source security vulnerability is reported, it is just a matter of time when hackers will take advantage of this situation.
For enterprises that are developing applications for internal use, open-source software (OSS) represents a potential security risk — there are software vulnerabilities in many OSS components. Well known OSS exploits include Heartbleed, Ghost, and Shellshock. How many of those 79 billion downloads had more than 1 software vulnerability? 1 out of every 16. That’s more than 4.9 billion OSS components.
While useful for proprietary code, application security testing technologies like SAST, cannot detect vulnerabilities in open source components. For open source security, a community-based approach is helpful which utilizes the open-source community as the resource for detecting and fixing vulnerabilities.
The open-source community does a decent job in helping to secure open-source projects, detecting vulnerabilities, and coming up with fixes, but sometimes it becomes very difficult in finding solutions for all your issues. Finding all Data with respect to security vulnerabilities becomes a tedious task, making it impossible for organizations to manually match vulnerabilities to those in your applications.
Without transparency into their open-source inventory organizations are unable to detect the vulnerable components, leaving them vulnerable for hackers to exploit. The efficient detection of these vulnerabilities and legal remediation are the only ways to stay ahead of hackers.
That is why you will need a robust and flexible security solution that will scan and detect security vulnerabilities from your open source components. With our solution, it’s easier to manage open source risk and staying ahead of open source license compliance and security issues. Our software tool helps your development, legal, and security teams to reduce open source security risk and manage license compliance with an end-to-end system.
Benefits you can gain out of this:
- Establish a single source of truth about all Open Source Software used across the organization.
- Create an accurate BOM (software inventory).
- Free up engineers and developers to focus on mission-critical programs.
- Get accurate, deep scans of applications, ensuring compliance with open source licenses.
- A robust approach to Software Composition Analysis supported by consistent processes and policies.
- Creation of a “get clean, stay clean” strategy for immediate action against identified OS risks and vulnerabilities.
- The “Get Clean” step implements organization-wide tools and processes, build a complete inventory, and remediate priority issues. This stage is critical to creating the foundational BOM.
- “Stay Clean” denotes a long-term strategy where the company reaps the benefits of regular scans and initiates ongoing maintenance of its software composition analysis process.
Additionally, if there is a news-worthy event such as the case with Apache Struts 2, you can react quickly because you now know what’s in your code and what may be vulnerable. Queries are fast and immediate at a time when hours can mean the difference between bottom-line impact and loss of reputation. Our solution gives your development, security, and legal teams complete peace of mind.
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