How a new Senate bill improves the security of open source software

In this Cybersecurity Minute, Episode 31, Chris Hughes explains recent legislation introduced by Senate lawmakers that would improve the security of open source software.

00:14 – Recently, Senate lawmakers introduced a bill that the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Agency (CISA) will develop a risk framework to strengthen the security of open-source software, Chris said.

00:28 – Chris says it’s clear that the Securing Open Source Software Act, as the bill is called, highlights how critical open source software is to national security and society, but it “does following” other efforts to secure the software supply chain. , such as updated NIST guidelines and memos from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB).

01:11 – Chris says the bill calls for CISA to bring in senior open source software experts who can address incidents within the cybersecurity ecosystem. The bill also proposes to create a software security subcommittee in addition to CISA’s Cybersecurity Advisory Committee.


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