Securing the Software Supply Chain
Supply chains have many blind spots or cracks that attackers can take advantage of, resulting in increased severity and frequency of attacks.
In recent years, the severity and frequency of software supply chain attacks have increased significantly. Utilizing open-source components to accelerate the development process has proven to have great advantages, which is why a staggering 98% of all code bases rely on them. However, supply chains have many blind spots or cracks that attackers can take advantage of.
For example, normal vulnerable components can create an exposure as soon as you put that software into production. Traditional composition analysis, which is done after development but before deployment, is an effective defense in this scenario. However, problems with malware components can do a lot of harm on the developer workstation itself.
Software composition analysis isn’t an effective defense for such an attack. You'll need traditional anti-malware software instead.
Future supply chain security will move beyond CVE scanning of the software you consume. It will encompass attack vectors such as malicious code injected in the source code you develop; the integrity of the code as it moves through the SDLC; the infrastructure driving deployment and operation; and the range of third-party code, components, and interfaces that your software interacts with at runtime. Equally important will be the ability to proactively find/select the best/most secure open-source code for whatever application you build.