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posted on 2024-02-08, 23:26 authored by Carol WoodyCarol Woody

The SEI SBOM Framework helps organizations use a software bill of materials (SBOM) for third-party software  management. We created it, in part, in response to Executive Order (EO) 14028, Improving the Nation's Cybersecurity. Released in the wake of the SolarWinds and Apache Log4j supply chain attacks, EO 14028 requires U.S. government agencies to enhance software  supply chain security, transparency, and integrity through the use of  SBOMs. If your organization produces or  supplies software for the U.S. government, perhaps you have already done your due diligence and complied with EO 14028. You have analyzed your code, extracted the relevant data, composed your SBOM, and made it  available. You could declare victory and leave it at that. But consider all the data you have assembled and must maintain -- why not make good use of it? In this SEI Blog post, I will examine ways you can leverage your SBOM data, using the SEI SBOM  Framework, to improve your software security and inform your supply chain risk management.


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