Today Anchore announces the VIPERR software supply chain security framework. This framework distills our lessons learned from supporting the most challenging software supply chain environments across government agencies and the defense industrial base. The framework is a blueprint for organizations to implement that reliably creates secure software supply chains with the least possible lift.

Previously security teams had to wade through massive amounts of literature on software supply chain security and spend countless hours of their teams time digesting those learnings into concrete processes and controls that integrated with their specific software development process. This typically absorbed massive amounts of time and resources and it wasn't always clear at the end that an organization's security had improved significantly.

Now organizations can utilize the VIPERR framework as a trusted industry resource to confidently improve their security posture and reduce the possibility of a breach due to a supply chain incident without the lengthy research cycle that frequently comes before the implementation phase of a software supply chain solution.

If you're interested to see how Anchore works with customers to apply the framework via the Anchore Enterprise platform take the free guided walkthrough of the VIPERR framework. Alternatively, you can view our on demand webinar for a thorough walk through the framework. Finally, if you would like a more hands-on experience to try out the VIPERR framework then you can try our Anchore Enterprise Free Trial.  

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the VIPERR framework?

VIPERR is a free software supply chain security framework that Anchore created for organizations to evaluate and improve the security posture of their software supply chain. VIPERR stands for visibility, inspection, policy enforcement, remediation, and reporting. 

While working alongside developers and security teams within some of the most challenging architectures and threat landscapes, Anchore field engineers developed the VIPERR framework to both contextualize lessons learned and prevent live threats. VIPERR is meant to be a practical self-assessment playbook that organizations can regularly reuse to evaluate and harden their software supply chain security posture. By following this guide, numerous Fortune 500 enterprises and top federal agencies have transformed their software supply chain security posture and become hard targets for advanced persistent threats.

Why did Anchore create the VIPERR framework?

There are already a number of frameworks that have been developed to help organizations improve their software supply chain security but most of them focus on giving general guidance that is flexible enough that most specific implementations of the guidance will yield compliance. This is great for general standards because it allows organizations to find the best fit for their environment, but by keeping guidance general, it is difficult to always know the best specific implementation that delivers real-world results. The VIPERR framework was designed to fill this gap.

VIPERR is a framework that can be used to fulfill compliance standards for software supply chain security that is opinionated on how to achieve the controls of most of the popular standards. It can be paired with Anchore's turnkey offering Anchore Enterprise so that organizations can opt for a solution that accomplishes the entire VIPERR framework without having to build a system from scratch.

Access an interactive 50 point checklist or a pdf version to guide you through each step of the VIPERR framework, or share it with your team to introduce the model for learning and awareness.

How do I begin identifying the gaps in my software supply chain security program? 

"I have no budget. My boss doesn’t think it’s a priority. I lack resources." These are all common refrains when we speak with security teams working with us via our open source community or commercial enterprise offering. There is a ton of guidance available between SSDF, SLSA, NIST, and S2C2F. A lot of this is contextualized in a manner difficult to digest. As mentioned in the previous question VIPERR was created to be highly actionable by finding the right balance between giving guidance that is flexible and providing opinions that reduce options to help organizations make decisions faster.

The VIPERR framework will be available in a formatted 50 point, self-assessment checklist in the coming weeks, check back here for updates on that. By completing the forthcoming checklist you will produce a prioritized list of action items to harden your organization's software supply chain security with the least amount of effort. 

How do I build a solution that closes the gaps that VIPERR uncovers?

As stated, VIPERR is a framework, not a solution. Anchore has worked with companies that have implemented VIPERR by building an in-house solution with a collection of open source tools (e.g. Syft, Grype, and other open source tools) or using a combination of multiple security tools. If you want to get an idea of the components involved in building a solution by self-hosting open-source tools and tying all of these systems together with first-party code, we wrote about that approach here

If I don't want to build a solution, are there any turnkey solutions available?

Yes. Anchore Enterprise was designed as a turnkey solution to implement the VIPERR framework. Anchore Enterprise also automates the 50 security controls of the framework by integrating directly into an organization's SDLC toolset (i.e., developer environments, CI/CD build pipelines, artifact registry and production environments). This provides the ability for organizations to know at any point in time if their software supply chain has been compromised and how to remediate the exploit.

If you’d like to learn more about the Anchore Enterprise platform or speak with a member of our team, feel free to book a time to speak with one of our specialists.