Most companies involved with technology M&A understand the importance of open source risks in software. Today’s software contains significant amounts of open source, on average more than 50%, according to a 2018 Synopsys study. Consequently, it has become the norm for acquirers to raise open source questions as part of technical and legal due diligence. […]
The use of open source has surpassed the occasional and solidified itself as the standard. In fact, the Black Duck by Synopsys 2018 Open Source Security and Risk Analysis found that 96% of the applications we scanned last year contained open source components. It’s increasingly difficult to properly manage open source in an organization to ensure […]
The Apache Software Foundation’s legal group is an interesting microcosm in which to study open source license issues. Generally, what the Apache Software Foundation (ASF) deems good is good for companies looking to consume open source, and what’s not is not. So their open discussions are useful to monitor if you want to keep tabs […]
Open source is everywhere. Researchers have been tracking its growth for years, but because open source is now so pervasive, they are increasingly concerned about the security of applications built on the foundation of open source components. The only way an organization can be sure of the open source in its codebase, other than by […]
America is unique (beyond being the only place on the planet not distracted by the World Cup). Amid heaps of controversy over our national identity, freedom remains central to the American culture and spirit. And so as we in the United States enjoy our hot dogs, beers, and fireworks on the Fourth of July, it […]
Until you ask, you don’t know how much open source a target has used, what components it uses, or what open source issues might be latent therein. That’s why open source questions are on the checklist of virtually every acquirer in a tech transaction. And the unfortunate reality is that even asking good questions doesn’t […]
It’s an acronym-filled issue of Open Source Insight, as we look at the question of SCA (software composition analysis) and how it fits into the DevOps environment. The DHS (Department of Homeland Security) has concerning security gaps, according to its OIG (Office of Inspector General). Can the CVE (Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures) gap be closed? […]
If you have reviewed any Black Duck On-Demand audit reports recently, you may have noticed improvements in the legal tab and the way we report on findings. The new report format has received some very positive reviews, the theme being that it makes reported results more actionable.
When the private equity industry was in its infancy in the 1980s, the tech sector was barely on its radar. Tech is now attracting all types of private equity firms, with the sector representing over 40 percent of US buyouts last year, a trend reflecting the global M&A market, in which tech is also the most […]
Best practices for a growing amount of firms involved in a merger/acquisition transaction (commonly known as an “M&A”) include a code audit whenever software is a significant part of the deal. And more and more firms are realizing that an open source code audit should be part of their overall tech due diligence process.