The Hill: The US must adopt Software Bill of Materials to thwart cyberattacks

March 15, 2021

Today, writing code is more like building with LEGOs, write Charles Clancy, senior vice president and general manager for MITRE Labs and chief futurist, and Rick Ledgett, MITRE Visiting Fellow. Coders write modules to perform certain tasks and either share them freely online or sell them to other programmers. Over time, we’ve completely forgotten about bricks lost inside a complex design, and we lose track of where they came from. To address this, the U.S. government and software industry must immediately adopt the emerging Software Bill of Materials (SBOM) standard.

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