The Number One Reason To Move To Open Source: Security

April 18, 2009
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I just read Bill Vass’s latest blog entry titled:  “The No. 1 Reason to Move to Open Source is to IMPROVE Security”Bill opens this article with:If you are like me, and you have been involved in cryptography and Cyber Security for a long time, it’s obvious to you that commercial open source code is more secure. As a matter of fact, in the late 90s, many of the Intelligence agencies mission systems and the DoD tactical systems moved to open source ONLY to improve security. Today, the majority of the critical systems in the Intelligence agencies (the people that care most about Cyber Security) run on open source operating systems like Solaris and Linux. The same is true of places like the FAA, IRS, and a whole lot of other organizations that care about security.We have a saying in the world of Cyber Security: Security through obscurity, isn’t.Then after providing a good overview of many of the factors that contribute to the enhanced security of open source, he closes with some facts from the US Government’s National Vulnerability Database.  The facts are clear about this:  Proprietary software products have a much higher security risk than their open source…

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I just read Bill Vass’s latest blog entry titled:  “The No. 1 Reason to Move to Open Source is to IMPROVE Security”Bill opens this article with:If you are like me, and you have been involved in cryptography and Cyber Security for a long time, it’s obvious to you that commercial open source code is more secure. As a matter of fact, in the late 90s, many of the Intelligence agencies mission systems and the DoD tactical systems moved to open source ONLY to improve security. Today, the majority of the critical systems in the Intelligence agencies (the people that care most about Cyber Security) run on open source operating systems like Solaris and Linux. The same is true of places like the FAA, IRS, and a whole lot of other organizations that care about security.We have a saying in the world of Cyber Security: Security through obscurity, isn’t.Then after providing a good overview of many of the factors that contribute to the enhanced security of open source, he closes with some facts from the US Government’s National Vulnerability Database.  The facts are clear about this:  Proprietary software products have a much higher security risk than their open source…

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