Software Composition Analysis (SCA) is a relatively new industry term for a set of tools that provides users with visibility into their open source inventory. Although the misleading name suggests access to all aspects of the source code (commercial and open source third-party, proprietary, software composition analysis effectively acts as an open source management tool only).
The SCA tool was born from cross-industry improvements in open source usage which made it more difficult for companies to track open source components manually using spreadsheets, e-mail and ticketing systems. Open source usage expanded with the vast majority of software creation, becoming a necessity to automate open source management processes.
The SCA tools come in many forms, offering a variety of capabilities from those who focus on licensing compliance only to others that include security and license management.
The SCA Tool generates inventory reports of all open source components in your product, including all direct and transitive dependencies. Taking inventory of open source use is critical as it is the basis for managing your open source usage properly. After all, how can you guarantee or ensure compliance with something you do not know what you are using?
Once all open source components are identified, the SCA tool provides information on each component. Basic information includes open source licenses and whether there are security vulnerabilities associated with the component.
The advanced tools offer automated policy enforcement with references across every open source component contained in your code with your organization’s policy, which triggers a different impression from starting the automatic approval workflow to fail to build.
Key tools can also automate the entire open source selection, approval and tracking process, saving valuable developer time and improving their accuracy significantly. Some such tools may warn components of the vulnerability while still on the web, before the draw is made and the components enter the system. Other tools can navigate developers to the exact location of exposed components thereby reducing recovery efforts.
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