Army Seeks Industry Comments on Software BOMs

The U.S. military has asked industry for information on how to collect and use software nomenclatures to help improve the security of its software supply chains and comply with policies codified in May 2021 executive decree on cybersecurity.

The service will use responses to the RFI to inform technical policies and contractual guidelines for software acquisition, according to a notice posted Oct. 21.

Interested stakeholders should answer several questions related to SBOM requirements, including the type of contractual language their companies expect to see in a solicitation that includes SBOM as a primary deliverable and potential approaches that could be used to secure the supply chain when contracting for software development. services.

The military is also requesting information on new concepts that might be explored when contracting for secure software development.

Young shotprincipal deputy assistant secretary of the Army for acquisition, logistics, and technology, said the military branch “will be going head-first into SBOM“, according to a Federal News Network report.

Some of you might have concerns about that — that’s great,” Bang said during an Oct. 11 panel at a conference in Washington. “We want to hear those concerns, come and tell us about them specifically, but it’s going to happen. We’re going to do it, and the military is going to be the first agency that’s going to implement it properly.

Responses to the RFI are due on November 10.

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