As digital transformation accelerates, software developers face increasing pressure to speed up their work, and open-source software helps them meet aggressive timelines by dropping standardized code into an application. But cyber criminals are targeting more attacks on the software supply chain, exploiting software vulnerabilities that occur in production. As a result, organizations must prioritize protecting the open-source code in their applications. Attend this session to learn about the findings of the 2021 Contrast Labs Open-Source Security Report. The research uses telemetry from applications protected by Contrast OSS and Contrast Assess to reveal trends about library usage, vulnerabilities, and best practices from thousands of real-world software supply chains. You will learn about surprising findings such as:
- Less than 10% of code in the typical application is open-source code actually used by the software.
- Legacy software composition analysis (SCA) tools have a false positive rate of up to 69%.
- The average library uses a version that is 2.5 years old, increasing risk and promising future headaches.
- High-risk licenses are present in 69% of Java applications and 33% of Node applications.
In a world of accelerating development and frequent exploitation of vulnerabilities, protecting applications containing open-source libraries and frameworks requires a different approach. Organizations need a comprehensive picture of active and inactive libraries and classes, library age, vulnerabilities, and licensing issues. Such observability enables an organization to address the riskiest issues—and not waste time with vulnerabilities that pose no risk.