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What is a SBOM and why is it important for cybersecurity?

In today’s digital age, software is at the heart of nearly every business. From enterprise applications to IoT devices, software is an integral part of the way we work, play, and live. However, with this increased reliance on software comes a greater need for effective risk management. One tool that can help organizations manage software-related risks is a Software Bill of Materials (SBOM). 

In this post, we’ll explain what an SBOM is, how it can help improve the security of your products, and why it’s important for businesses to pay attention to it.

What is an SBOM?

An SBOM is a list of all the components that make up a piece of software. It includes details such as the version number, the vendor, and any known vulnerabilities associated with each component.

The idea behind an SBOM is to provide a comprehensive overview of all the software components that are being used in a product. This allows developers and IT professionals to better understand the security posture of their software and identify any potential risks.

Why is an SBOM important for cybersecurity?

An SBOM, or Software Bill of Materials, plays an important role in cybersecurity by providing a detailed list of all the components that make up a piece of software. This includes information such as the version number, source code, and any external libraries or frameworks used. By keeping track of this information, a company can better manage vulnerabilities in their software and ensure compliance with industry standards and regulations.

Having an up-to-date SBOM allows a company to quickly identify and fix any vulnerabilities that may exist in their software, which helps to protect against potential cyber threats. It also helps a company to ensure that they are using only authorized and approved components in their software, which can help to prevent the introduction of potentially malicious code.

Overall, an SBOM is an important tool for managing the security and compliance of software, and is essential for ensuring the protection of a company’s data and systems.

How to create a comprehensive Software Bill of Materials (SBOM) for improved cybersecurity

  • Manually: This involves manually creating a list of all the components that make up the software, including their names, versions, and licenses. This method can be time-consuming and error-prone, as it relies on manual input.
  • Automated tools: like ONKEY can automatically create an SBOM by scanning the software and identifying its components. This tool can be run as part of the build process, ensuring that the SBOM is always up to date. 
  • CI/CD pipelines: As experts in cybersecurity, the ONEKEY team is happy to support you in configuring your CI/CD pipelines to automatically create an SBOM as part of the build process. This will ensure that your SBOM is always up to date, accurately reflecting the exact components that are being used in your software. By automating the creation of your SBOM, you can streamline your development process and improve the security and quality of your software. Our team of cybersecurity experts is here to help you every step of the way, so please don’t hesitate to reach out for assistance.

SBOM Format Standards:

There are several formats that can be used to represent an SBOM (Software Bill of Materials), including:
  • SPDX (Software Package Data Exchange): This is a widely used format for representing software licenses and other metadata about software components. It is a human- and machine-readable format that allows for easy sharing and analysis of SBOM data.
  • CycloneDX: This is an open source format for representing SBOMs that is based on the SPDX format. It is designed to be lightweight and easy to use, with a focus on simplicity and interoperability.
  • CPE (Common Platform Enumeration): This is a standardized format for representing software and hardware products in a machine-readable way. It is often used in conjunction with the NVD (National Vulnerability Database) to identify vulnerabilities in software components.
  • JSON (JavaScript Object Notation): This is a lightweight, human-readable format for representing data structures. It is often used to represent SBOMs because of its simplicity and ease of use.

Are you tired of manually creating and managing your
Software Bill of Materials (SBOM)?

ONEKEY’s SBOM generator is here to help!

Our state-of-the-art SBOM generator automatically creates an SBOM for your software by scanning it and identifying its various components, including their names, versions, and licenses. The information is then collected and organized into an easy-to-use SBOM, making it easy to track and manage the components of your software.

But that’s not all! Our SBOM generator also helps you ensure compliance with licenses and identify vulnerabilities in your software, helping you improve the security and quality of your products.

Don’t waste any more time manually creating and managing your SBOM.
Try ONEKEY’s SBOM generator today and see the difference it can make for your organization!


ONEKEY is the leading European specialist in Product Cybersecurity & Compliance Management and part of the investment portfolio of PricewaterhouseCoopers Germany (PwC). The unique combination of an automated Product Cybersecurity & Compliance Platform (PCCP) with expert knowledge and consulting services provides fast and comprehensive analysis, support, and management to improve product cybersecurity and compliance from product purchasing, design, development, production to end-of-life.

Critical vulnerabilities and compliance violations in device firmware are automatically identified in binary code by AI-based technology in minutes – without source code, device, or network access. Proactively audit software supply chains with integrated software bill of materials (SBOM) generation. “Digital Cyber Twins” enable automated 24/7 post-release cybersecurity monitoring throughout the product lifecycle.

The patent-pending, integrated Compliance Wizard™ already covers the upcoming EU Cyber Resilience Act (CRA) and existing requirements according to IEC 62443-4-2, ETSI EN 303 645, UNECE R 155 and many others.

The Product Security Incident Response Team (PSIRT) is effectively supported by the integrated automatic prioritisation of vulnerabilities, significantly reducing the time to remediation.

Leading international companies in Asia, Europe and the Americas already benefit from the ONEKEY Product Cybersecurity & Compliance Platform and ONEKEY Cybersecurity Experts.



Sara Fortmann

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