NSA Issues Guidance on Incorporating SBOMs to Enhance Cybersecurity  


The National Security Agency (NSA) has issued new guidelines to assist organizations in incorporating software bills of materials (SBOMs) and mitigating supply chain risks.

The White House issued a cybersecurity executive order requiring the use of SBOMs for transparency and cyber risk mitigation because they provide a comprehensive picture of software components, including open source software, and their relationships.

The NSA guidance (PDF), which is designed to assist organizations in improving SBOM management through the use of three steps—cyber risk analysis, vulnerability analysis, and incident response—follows earlier SBOM recommendations made by the US government.

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