Context-Aware Software Composition Analysis Is Now Available


To provide seamless code-to-cloud security, a new SCA module delivers proactive vulnerability repair based on runtime context.

For developers to work more quickly and modularly without having to constantly reinvent the wheel, open source software is a critical component of cloud-native applications. But as the Unit 42 Cloud Threat Report, 2H 2021 discovered, open source software can frequently contain known vulnerabilities, which can expose businesses to serious danger.

Palo Alto Networks (NASDAQ: PANW), has today unveiled the first context-aware software composition analysis (SCA) tool to assist developers in using open source software components securely. The incorporation of SCA into Prisma® Cloud underlines Palo Alto Networks’ position as the industry leader in cloud-native security.

Traditional SCA solutions are stand-alone products that can generate a lot of alarms but lack the runtime context to assist in identifying and addressing problems. SCA will allow developers and security teams to proactively identify and prioritise known vulnerabilities that have an impact on the application lifecycle on the Prisma Cloud platform (i.e., code, build, deploy and run).

Before applications are deployed in the field, Prisma Cloud SCA provides deep dependency discovery and vulnerability mitigation for open source software. On the basis of already-used software components, it can also assist developers in determining the priority of repair. When SCA solutions are used as single point products, it is not viable to use these features.

Prisma Cloud, a comprehensive CNAPP that offers a unified view of risk across an organization’s cloud settings, is context-aware at every stage of the application lifecycle. Prisma Cloud handles cloud security with a thorough, prevention-first structure, unlike existing techniques, which rely on siloed solutions that only offer sporadic insight without remedy. This change in strategy is now required due to the 188% growth in cloud incident response cases over the last three years.

a full cloud code The CNAPP must apply the five guiding ideas listed below to keep businesses secure:

  • Security from code to cloud – safeguards software at every stage of the development lifecycle, including design, coding, building, deployment, and operation.
  • Ongoing, contextual security analysis of cloud infrastructures is used to assist stop threats, vulnerabilities, and misconfigurations.
  • Preventing attacks and protecting against zero-day vulnerabilities to reduce the mean time to remediation
  • A variety of cloud service providers, workload architectures, continuous integration and delivery (CI/CD) pipelines, integrated development environments (IDEs), and repositories supported by a single platform that balances security considerations with present and future cloud priorities.
  • Cloud scale security – continuously protects applications in growing cloud settings.

In addition to SCA, Prisma Cloud introduced a software bill of materials (SBOM) feature that enables developers to easily maintain and refer to a comprehensive codebase inventory of every application component used across cloud environments. This feature further increases the security of cloud-native applications. SCA and SBOM implementation ensure that Prisma Cloud adheres to these criteria.


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