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Last Updated Mar 23, 2020 — DevOps Expert

Building a Software Chain of Custody: A Guide for CTOs, CIOs, and Enterprise DevOps Teams


In today’s software-driven world, organizational leaders cannot ignore the fact that hackers, viruses, malware, data breaches, and compliance violations all threaten the integrity of their software assets. Compromised software integrity can lead to operational shutdowns, contract breaches, lawsuits, and huge fines that affect revenue and profitability, damage corporate credibility, and, ultimately, cause irreparable harm to brand reputation. It’s nearly impossible to quantify the longterm cost of the consumer and investor trust that is lost after an organization is in the news for a software hack or data breach.

A Software Chain of Custody is key for proving the integrity of software assets throughout the enterprise. In the legal world, the chain of custody for a piece of evidence ensures the integrity of that evidence; similarly, the Software Chain of Custody proves what happened, when it happened, where it happened, and who made it happen during the software delivery process—from the time you plan features through the time they’re deployed in production. A Software Chain of Custody also feeds valuable contextual data into Value Stream Management, so leaders can analyze and continuously improve software delivery processes.

Our new blog series will explain how you can build and benefit from a Software Chain of Custody that automatically captures and contextualizes the critical data you need to prove the integrity of your software planning, development, and delivery processes, from end to end.

Next week, tune in for "Asset Integrity in a Software-Driven World," which will provide the background into WHY your enterprise needs a Software Chain of Custody. In the meantime...

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