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The Buyer’s Guide to Software Supply Chain Security

Why legacy AST tools don’t provide adequate coverage for today’s threats.

ReversingLabs reports a 1300% increase in software supply chain threats over the last three years. And the analyst firm Gartner reported recently that software supply chain attacks have seen triple-digit increases.1

Despite risks from software mounting, organizations are mistakenly relying on software composition analysis (SCA) and other legacy application security testing tools (AST), which offer limited visibility and scalability. One key failure of legacy AST tools: they overlook threats and risks in commercial and proprietary software.

The Buyer’s Guide to Software Supply Chain Security examines key features and capabilities software producers and buyers need to modernize their application security (AppSec) tooling for the new era of software supply chain security (SSCS). 

In this buyer’s guide, you’ll learn:

  • How legacy AST tools miss key attack vectors in the modern software development lifecycle (SDLC): malware, tampering, and secrets.

  • How SCA’s purpose-built nature — to identify vulnerabilities embedded in open-source software — means it misses many modern supply chain threats.

  • The critical need for modern enterprises, who rely on an enormous portfolio of first-, second-, and third-party software to deliver customer value at scale, to take a holistic approach with an organization’s entire software portfolio.

  • About the increasingly complex nature of today's software development processes, driving the increase of malware paths into software packages.


1. Gartner, “Mitigate Enterprise Software Supply Chain Security Risks”
Dale Gardner, 31 October 2023
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