This week, the White House released its updated National Cybersecurity Strategy detailing the comprehensive approach the U.S. Government’s Administration is taking to cybersecurity.The strategy contains a set of three pillars that outline collaboration between public and private sectors, dealing with systemic challenges within cybersecurity and realignment of incentives for the industry.
The truth is, from strategy to execution there is a long path. But we do have a better sense of possible future liabilities and the security standard that software companies are going to be increasingly held to.
If we take SSDF as the driving framework, we know that for companies, meeting compliance can be very challenging; it can take between 6-8 different tools, including traditional application security testing, supply chain posture management, advanced scanning/analyses, tools for SBOM generation and provenance, and management of all the above. An alternative is to leverage 1-2 purpose-built tools.
The Aqua platform is one such purpose-built tool. It covers the different layers (code, process, and infrastructure of development) in a way that is automated for both security deployment and compliance attestation. The platform offers next-gen SBOMs that meet compliance requirements for SBOM and provenance. It also provides advanced vulnerability discovery with proprietary mechanisms like integrity scanning and open-source health that catch advanced software supply chain attacks in a more effective, reliable way.
Companies that do software security right will, in the short term, have a huge differentiation. Software transparency is imminent, and companies’ security will be exposed (in big part via SBOMs), and those with higher security will be preferred over those outwardly vulnerable. In the long term, software security will be key for business continuity, and non-compliance might not be an option. The Aqua platform and our playbook for automating compliance is built exactly to help companies ease this process and be able to re-focus on innovation.
Aqua Security is the largest pure-play cloud native security company, providing customers the freedom to innovate and accelerate their digital transformations. The Aqua Platform is the leading Cloud Native Application Protection Platform (CNAPP) and provides prevention, detection, and response automation across the entire application lifecycle to secure the supply chain, secure cloud infrastructure and secure running workloads wherever they are deployed.
Aqua customers are among the world’s largest enterprises in financial services, software, media, manufacturing and retail, with implementations across a broad range of cloud providers and modern technology stacks spanning containers, serverless functions and cloud VMs.