SEP 14, 2022 | US
Industry Cautions on Software Security Regs in the Defense Bill
Nextgov, September 14, 2022
By Chris Riotta
Technology trade groups are aligning against a proposal in the House-passed defense policy bill that would require software vendors to attest to the government that their products are free of known defects and to include a bill of materials describing their code.
The groups – the Alliance for Digital Innovation, BSA | The Software Alliance, the Cybersecurity Coalition and the Information Technology Industry Association – say that the legislation leapfrogs ongoing administrative efforts to establish software bills of materials (SBOMs) as part of the federal acquisition process. Those efforts, the groups say, are still in their developing stages and there isn't a consistent approach to SBOMs – essentially ingredient lists that tell what proprietary and open source components are included in software application.
"Ultimately, SBOMs will not achieve the desired utility for agencies at this point because of a lack of standardization," the groups said in a Sept. 14 letter to the heads of multiple committees of Congress. "This highlights the need for additional work to include guidance on the structure and construction of an SBOM and standardization of the processes for SBOM dissemination, ingestion, and use."
BSA |“软件联盟”(www.bsa.org) 是全球软件行业的主要倡导者，旨在代表该行业，向政府和国际市场发声。其成员包括全球最具创新力的公司，这些公司制定的软件解决方案，不但能够刺激经济，还能提升现代生活的品质。
BSA 的总部位于华盛顿特区，其营运机构遍布 30 多个国家。BSA 凭借这些机构，率先涉足合规项目，以期促进使用合法软件、倡导制定公共政策，并以此培养技术创新能力，以及推动发展数字经济。