Software composition analysis (SCA) refers to tools that provide visibility into the open source usage in a company’s software. SCA tools detect all open source components, including direct and transitive dependencies, so that you can ensure license compliance and manage security vulnerabilities. Automation is an important part of SCA, particularly when it comes to prioritizing and remediating security vulnerabilities. SCA helps companies manage the risks associated with open source components use.
When choosing a software composition analysis tool, you need to consider both governance requirements and developer support, since without developers’ adoption there will be no remediation. Some of the solutions I have looked at are stronger in one area than the other. The best solutions are the ones that balance both governance and developer tools and can easily scale to meet your team’s growing needs.