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NewsForge: Open Source Security: Better Protection at a Lower Cost

Jan 17, 2003, 07:00 (7 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Steve Schlesinger)

"At first glance, the idea of using open source software for a firewall or other security application seems counterintuitive, even absurd. Why would a corporation use code that's available to anyone--hackers, cyber-terrorists, disgruntled employees--to protect their most vital information assets? Yet that's what's happening at places like Stanford University, EDS, and Los Alamos National Labs, to name but a few of the many organizations using open source security software.

"What do these people know that the Wintel world doesn't? That, when properly implemented, open source products are more affordable and more secure than closed proprietary systems. In other words, an open source security suite can keep data safer while saving companies money.

"Let's examine these claims in more detail..."

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