How to protect your Business from Open Source Compliance Risks?

Free and open-source software has become an increasingly significant part of most businesses. Companies that use open-source software can drastically reduce license and development expenses in infrastructure and software development. With reliance on Open Source, companies might overlook the liabilities that must be recognized and mitigated: license obligations and security and compliance issues are just a few examples that may be costly if ignored.

In order to meet the requirements for compliant handling of open-source software, these four steps should be taken:

Scan the Code Base

  • The product's code base and all upstream source code artifacts must be scanned with an effective tool.
  • These scanned findings must be analyzed to compile a list of all deployed Open Source components, 

Identify and Analyze Issues

  • Licenses and security concerns are identified based on the inventory.
  • The mitigations report for all vulnerabilities obtained demonstrates the processes required to create a compliant product.

Configure License Obligations

  • Open source licenses include certain licensing requirements that must be completed (e.g., distribute license text, copyleft effect).
  • A technical analysis clarifies how these requirements must be met.

Generate License Documentation

  • All license texts and copyright disclaimers extracted from open-source components must be included in the licensing documentation at the file level.
  • This documentation must be provided in addition to the commercial product.

An accurate inventory of deployed Open Source components is indeed essential for managing security vulnerabilities. Many businesses were impacted by significant security flaws in Open Source components, such as the Heartbleed Problem in outdated versions of the OpenSSL program. Only those who understood which version of OpenSSL was being used and in which products were able to respond swiftly and protect data from such risks. Therefore, Open Source Management is a complex skill that requires professional expertise. It is especially tough for organizations whose core business is not software development. Outsourcing Open Source Management to a service provider is an option here.

Open Source is extensively utilized in every technology, and it gives significant benefits to the development process. However, it must be handled cautiously in order to gain tremendous value and prevent any legal or security concerns. 

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