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CyberTalks Episode 7: Software Based Bill of Materials



What is an SBOM (Software Bill of Materials) ?


Executive Order (EO) 14028, Improving the Nation’s Cybersecurity, references heavily the NIST Secure Software Development Framework (SSDF) – SP 800-218. Bottom line, this is a mechanism for aiding organisations develop and deliver secure software, throughout its lifecycle. Following on, last September, White House Memorandum M-22-18 officially required federal agencies to comply with the NIST guidance and any subsequent updates thereafter. A key component of this is the requirement, as a supplier, to ‘self- attest’ that software is built based on secure software development methodologies and to provide a SBOM (Software Bill of materials)


https://www.whitehouse.gov/wp-content/uploads/2022/09/M-22-18.pdf


In truth, this is common sense and critical for all organisations, federal or otherwise. Bottom line, we all need to know what is in our applications and the software that we use. I think we all want to avoid the Log4J scramble again.


Modern cloud native and embedded firmware-based systems are architected using a compendium of open source, 3rd party commercial and in-house developed software and processes. Software Based Bill of materials (SBOM) shines a light on just that. What ingredients, what versions, what underlying packages and software are going into our applications?


In this episode, join Dell’s Shakita DennisChain and Marshal Savage, as they discuss the importance of SBOM and how to develop frameworks and procedures to deliver SBOM in practice. Well worth the listen!



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