Software Composition Analysis Home Cybersecurity Dictionary Software Composition Analysis Software Composition Analysis (SCA) tools help reduce vulnerabilities created by software development teams utilizing open source software (OSS) elements. The tools also help organizations comply with the licensing terms of different open source elements they may use. The accelerated software development cycles associated with DevOps initiatives are leading to a significant increase in the use of OSS by developers. Because OSS components are already built, they can be plugged into the software development process rapidly. However, OSS can also contain significant vulnerabilities. SCA tools analyze applications to detect open-source software components known to have security and/or functionality vulnerabilities or commercial or third-party products that require proper licensing. Related TermsDevOpsDevSecOpsSDLC - Software Development LifecycleDAST - Dynamic Application Security TestingSAST - Static Application Security TestingIAST - Interactive Application Security TestingShift Left Share: Seeking Clarity? View the Cybersecurity Dictionary for top terms searched by your peers. Back to the Dictionary How Can We Help? Let us know what you need, and we will have an Optiv professional contact you shortly.