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Using SBOM to Identify Vulnerabilities and Impacted Devices

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Last week, CISA (the U.S. Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency) issued an advisory about critical vulnerabilities in embedded software that opens the door to possible security breaches. No breaches have been reported to date, but the potential impact spans multiple industries, including healthcare. This short summary discusses how SBOM can help manufacturers respond and take action. SBOM Can Help with Vulnerability Discovery The Software Bill of Materials (SBOM) has been get…

U.S. House Passes Supply Chain Security Bill

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As part of the response to recent hacks, the United States House of Representatives voted on and passed the DHS Software Supply Chain Risk Management Act of 2021 on October 20, 2021, by a vote of 412-2. The Act covers both new and existing contracts with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). As a Condition on the Award of Contracts Contractors must submit a bill of materials, defined in this Act as “a list of the parts and components (whether new or reused) of an end product or ser…

FDA Seeking Additional Legislative Authorities

FDA is seeking “legislative authorities” to enable the office to require medical device manufacturers to adhere to strict cybersecurity policies, including the development of a Software Bill of Materials (SBOM).

The Minimum Elements for a Software Bill of Materials (SBOM)

Yesterday, the United States Department of Commerce released The Minimum Elements for a Software Bill of Materials (SBOM), in accordance with President Biden Executive Order 14028 on Improving the Nation’s Cybersecurity. For those who have been following the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) SBOM work, you won’t find any surprises in the release. The document thoroughly describes the SBOM, provides motivation for the SBOM as a standard security document, and ma…

NIST Workshop on Supply Chain Security

On May 12, 2021 President Biden signed the Executive Order on Improving the Nation’s Cybersecurity, which we previewed in a recent post, into law. The fifteen-page document includes various cybersecurity enhancement recommendations such as the Software Bill of Materials (SBOM) and review and revision of governmental procedures, such as the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR), all with associated timelines for completion.

Biden Signs Cybersecurity Executive Order

On May 12, 2021 President Biden signed the Executive Order on Improving the Nation’s Cybersecurity, which we previewed in a recent post, into law. The fifteen-page document includes various cybersecurity enhancement recommendations such as the Software Bill of Materials (SBOM) and review and revision of governmental procedures, such as the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR), all with associated timelines for completion.
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