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