The U.S. government has announced a new requirement that will mandate organizations selling software to the government self attest that they follow the secure software development practices outlined in the NIST Secure Software Development Framework (SSDF).
In memorandum M-22-18, the government outlines dates by which these self-attestations will be required. The direct follow-up memorandum M-23-16 adjusted the initial proposed dates—the end of 2023 for critical software and early 2024 for all other software.
Going forward, federal agencies will only be able to buy software from providers who can attest to complying with the NIST guidance.
Many organizations already have internal controls and processes in place that will help them complete the NIST self-attestation requirements for the code they write themselves. Tidelift helps you complete self-attestation requirements for the open source dependencies in your applications (which in many codebases makes up 75% or more of the code).
Tidelift pays the maintainers behind thousands of the most commonly used open source packages to attest their projects are developed using secure software development practices. Our subscription includes:
The only source for first-hand attestation data from the maintainers behind thousands of open source packages that go into your software, aligned to the U.S. government’s NIST Secure Software Development Framework (SSDF) standards.
A standardized attestations report, to be used as evidence that the open source dependencies in your organization’s applications follow secure software development best practices.
A solution for dynamically tracking attestations for open source components going into your product, and keeping these attestations current automatically.