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U.S. government issues guidance for developers to secure the software supply chain: Key takeaways

Software supply chain attacks are on the rise, as cited in the Cloud Native Computing Foundation’s (CNCF’s) Catalog of Supply Chain Compromises. Industry leaders such as the Google, Linux Foundation, OpenSSF, and public sector organizations such as NIST have provide guidance on the topic over the past year or so.

The U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) alongside the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) now join that list with their publication Securing the Software Supply Chain: Recommended Practices Guide for Developers. The announcement of the publication emphasizes the role developers play in creating secure software and states the guide strives to help developers adopt government and industry recommendations on doing so. Subsequent releases from Enduring Security Framework (ESF) will focus on the supplier and the software consumer, given the unique role each plays in the broader software supply chain and its resilience.

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