Consider unified open source standards for EU Cyber Resilience Act

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  • The European Union’s Cyber Resilience Act will introduce more stringent security controls in 2027.
  • A partnership between open-source foundations aims to establish unified standards to strengthen the software supply chain.

More stringent security controls under the European Union’s Cyber Resilience Act have resulted in a new partnership between the Apache Software Foundation, OpenSSL Software Foundation, Eclipse Foundation, and four other open source foundations to consolidate their resources and best practices to establish unified open-source standards and specifications that would strengthen the software supply chain when the law takes effect in 2027, according to TechCrunch. The Eclipse Foundation, leading the collaboration effort, stated that the open-source community and the broader software industry are facing an urgent need for cybersecurity process standards due to legislation.

Amid legislative proposals like the U.S.’s Securing Open Source Software Act, looking to increase scrutiny of open-source developers’ role in software supply chain security, this partnership is crucial for ensuring compliance and enhancing cybersecurity practices in the open-source community. As the industry moves towards a more regulated environment, unified standards and specifications will play a vital role in improving the overall security of software development and distribution.

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