Known as QuickAudit, this one-time software assessment service from Protecode identifies all open source and third party code, highlighting licensing and copyright obligations associated with the code.
The audit, according to a release, is performed by Protecode's licensing experts using Protecode System 4 automated scanning tools.
Protecode is offering QuickAudit through an easy-to-use, secure, self serve system on its website and claims that this service can be used any time a transaction involving software is anticipated.
QuickAudit includes the delivery of an executive audit report which includes a detailed description of all open source packages, licenses, copyrights, etc. associated with software files in the target portfolio.
Protecode is also providing a license obligation report with this service. This report summarizes the obligations associated with all licenses found in the portfolio.
"Often a code audit is one of the last steps in the quality assurance process reviewed by a prospective customer. Protecode's streamlined audit can be completed in as little as five days, depending of the number of files, which in turn speeds up the customer's quality review process," said Mike Sherman, vice president of engineering, Mocana (News - Alert) Corp, a leader in smart device security.
Using open source and third party code can speed up development and reduce costs and thus it increases the necessity for software audits.
Protecode notes that organizations do not typically keep records of external code usage and thus it gives rise to uncertainties around Intellectual Property (IP) ownership.
Thanks to QuickAudit organizations can identify software components that are used in their projects and remedy licensing issues in time.
Protecode was in news earlier this year when it introduced tools to accelerate embedded development in German market.