Although application security and compliance are relatively modern concerns, they impact every industry that uses technology, even traditional industry sectors such as manufacturing. Most manufacturers that do business on a large scale have embraced technology as a necessary business component in the digital economy. Many manufacturers have built heavily integrated functions across the entire manufacturing process, as well as tying in related areas such as operations and logistics. These complex software interrelationships enable manufacturers to work efficiently and cost-effectively. However, it also makes software security for manufacturers more complex.
Moreover, the rise of smart and connected products has further accelerated the significant role software plays in the development of products and services. Connected services and products such as mobile applications and web-based products are often built using a mix of both open source and proprietary software. As this trend escalates, and as applications continue to rise in business importance, so too does the risk of application-based attacks. Manufacturers must secure the underlying code, components, and dependencies in their software to minimize risk of exposure for both themselves and their customers.
Securing the software supply chain
When it comes to software security for manufacturers, the crux of the matter lies in securing the software supply chain, particularly in the following areas:
As a result, many manufacturers have turned to software composition analysis (SCA) software, which can scan and remediate vulnerabilities, as well as create a software bill of materials (SBOM) to document, itemize, and track open source components.
A good example of the benefits of improving software security for manufacturers, as well as building robust compliance, is Kärcher, the world’s leading provider of industrial, commercial, and home cleaning technology. As an innovator in its sector, the company is a heavy user of software in product development.
More than 1,000 employees work in R&D on a wide range of projects. These projects involve too many dependencies, for efficient manual updates and fixes. To properly manage them, ensure compliance, and identify and mend problems, the company needed a tool that automated these processes and enabled it to create SBOMs.
The company turned to Mend SCA, which provided Kärcher with comprehensive automated security risk assessment and remediation capabilities. Moreover, the SBOM feature has enabled the company to meet software supply chain quality assurance and compliance criteria in the multitude of markets in which it operates.
As a result, Kärcher has been able to save its developers time and resources on security scanning and fixing vulnerabilities, while improving security in the software supply chain and the software development life cycle. Even better, its developers can customize the solution to meet the specific needs of different software projects.
Mend has improved the application of policies and compliance across the company. It has drastically minimized vulnerabilities and has accelerated the remediation of those it does detect so that Kärcher and its customers can be assured of the quality of its software, components, and dependencies.
Can you be confident that your security and compliance are as thorough?