The OpenChain Project has a mission to establish trust in the Open Source from which Software Solutions are built. The International Standard OpenChain ISO 5230 addresses this matter from the perspective around open source license compliance. Many of the same processes are equally applicable to open source security and for this reason we are providing guidance regarding how they can be applied.
The OpenChain Security Assurance Reference Guide 1.0 has a similar format to OpenChain ISO 5230. It can be regarded as a map enabling a user to transpose the proven processes of ISO 5230 to the security domain. This first iteration of the reference guide focuses on the core process of identifying and addressing “known vulnerabilities.” Over time we will evolve the guide to refine its effectiveness.
The OpenChain Security Assurance Reference Guide should be understood as a method to complement rather than compete with security specific standards. It is quite possible that an organization is compliant with another given standard will automatically meet all the processes outlined in the OpenChain Security Assurance Reference Guide. This is by design.
As the OpenChain Project adds additional reference guides over time (e.g., quality, export compliance, malware and functional safety) the value of OpenChain ISO 5230 will grow. This work – as with all activity inside the OpenChain Project – will be undertaken by the community of user companies for the benefit of the community.
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