Gartner Research

Technology Insight for Software Composition Analysis

Published: 01 November 2019

ID: G00441603

Analyst(s): Dale Gardner


Open-source and third-party software are often leveraged during application development to boost productivity and provide supporting infrastructure — but convenience comes with risks. Security and risk management leaders must proactively control open-source use to better manage risk.

Table Of Contents


  • Definition
  • Description
  • Benefits and Uses
    • Improved Application Security
    • Avoidance of License Risk
    • Increased Knowledge of OSS Usage/Support for Software BOM
    • Faster Response to Vulnerability Reports
    • Adoption Rate
  • Risks
  • Recommendations
  • Representative Providers

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