What is software composition analysis (SCA)?
Software composition analysis (SCA) is an open source component management tool. It generates a report listing all open source components in an application including direct and indirect dependencies. Using an SCA tool, development teams can quickly track and analyze open source components introduced into a project.
Although convenient and widely used, open source components have been traditionally difficult to track. As a result, developers have relied on manual processes such as emails and spreadsheets to mitigate the situation. However, these manual processes threaten to undo the convenience provided by open source and provide an incomplete solution. A more desirable approach is to leverage an SCA tool that provides immediate insight into each component.
Why use an SCA tool?
Open source components are major building blocks in software development across virtually every vertical. Regardless of the size of your organization, SCA helps identify open source components in the applications that are critical to your business. SCA tools enable developers to:
1. Understand dependencies used in applications.
2. Enforce security & compliance policies throughout the Software Development Life Cycle (SDLC).
3. Proactively fix potential vulnerabilities at the source.
4. Improve team efficiency and the company security posture.