Define Your Open Source Strategy
It’s estimated that upwards of 90% of the components of modern applications are open source. Despite its prevalent use, most businesses don’t have a clear inventory of their open source software (OSS) or understand the vulnerabilities or compliance requirements for use, let alone have a process in place for how to manage the introduction of new OSS.
Companies that are unaware of their open source inventory are at risk for potential license compliance violations – you cannot comply, secure, or remediate any software if you don’t know it’s there.
With the widespread adoption of open source use, organizations need to adopt a formal OSS strategy to maximize benefits and minimize risks.
WHAT IS AN OSPO?
An OSPO sets the formal policies for an organization’s approach towards open source. This may include compliance oversight, setting development practices, facilitating an open source culture across teams, and educating the organization’s associates on the risks, benefits and best practices of open source. OSPOs provide OSS guidance to align with the organization’s business goals.
Do you need an OSPO?
If you currently do not have a comprehensive open source program office in-house, but you understand the management of open source is a priority to minimize risk and increase efficiency within your organization, you might be concerned about:
- License compliance of applications before delivering to customers
- Notices, reports, license compliance material, and other documentation required by customers and if the end-users require a software bill of materials (SBOM)
- The potential risk in your development practices
You need expert guidance to build your in-house OSPO team and implement efficient processes and design protocols to fully realize long-term cost savings and maximum efficiency.
OSSC has a solution
OSSC will design a comprehensive Open Source Program Office tailored to your organization to provide the most up-to-date information on your use of OSS so you can better manage license compliance and security.
A good OSPO will:
- Implement best practices for use of open source in your products and services
- Provide open source guidance and expertise for key stakeholders and teams within the organization
- Define processes and workflow to identify, maintain, and manage the use of open source software across the entire organization, including provisions for consuming and generating SBOMs
- Define the policy for navigating various OSS licensing requirements