With the increasing regulations, differing requirements from international locales and sophisticated attacks, computing security has never been more important. Attention to security needs to be pervasive across all of the technologies a company uses. A proactive security approach is one of the requirements that define a project and the architecture that structures a design as well as the technologies that implement it. In today’s software development environment with business environments becoming increasingly reliant on open-source software, the use of open source has become all pervasive.
Open-source software is increasing in popularity and prevalence and now permeates more than 50 percent of enterprises; clearly indicating that open source is enterprise class in terms of functionality and scalability. It offers a fast-innovating and reliable resource to bring forth software that meets user needs, while also dealing with security fixes.
How secure is open source?
Software developed using open source software principles offers technology innovation. As more people have access to source code and can employ their expertise to examine it, there are fewer secrets set in the code, the openness, thus making the code more secure. With the source code readily available and with the freedom to improve and modify it, there is a great potential for security improvements and robust security.
Development teams benefit from reuse of code from many sources due to which the requirement to identify and manage the legal and security risks of third-party content has become an essential part of software development today.