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Enhancing Software Supply Chain Security: Workshop and Call for Position Papers on Standards and Guidelines

On June 2-3, NIST will host a virtual workshop to enhance the security of the software supply chain and to fulfill the President’s Executive Order (EO) on improving the Nation’s Cybersecurity, issued on May 12, 2021. Among other things, Section 4 of that Executive Order (EO) directs the Secretary of Commerce, through NIST, to consult with federal agencies, the private sector, academia, and other stakeholders in identifying standards, tools, best practices, and other guidelines to enhance software supply chain security.  Those standards and guidelines will be used by other agencies to govern the federal government’s procurement of software. Full text of the EO is available here

Workshop goals are to:   

  1. Share NIST’s plans to develop software-related standards and guidelines called for by the EO, and  
  2. Receive and discuss information and ideas about the approach and content that NIST should consider in developing those standards and guidelines.  


The agenda for the workshop, which will take place from 1-5 pm EDT each day, will be based on submissions to NIST by the private, public, and non-profit sectors in the form of two-page position papers. For specific topics and guidance on submitting position papers, see:…

NIST plans to make it possible for workshop attendees to submit questions to panelists in advance of the workshop once topics and speakers are announced.

Created March 29, 2021, Updated June 15, 2021