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Refining Due Diligence for Enterprise Open Source

Jul 24, 2012, 10:00 (0 Talkback[s])

There are a number of advantages: Besides the obvious allure of low-cost, highly customizable software, there's a timeliness advantage to open source. Specifically, when we discover a significant security risk to the organization, the time to address that risk is right now: The attackers won't wait for us to get budget, engage legal to review a purchasing contract, haggle with a vendor's salespeople, etc.

There's also, in many cases, a quality advantage: Open source tools can be -- and often are -- not just equivalent to commercial products. Sometimes they're flat-out better.

So we're probably used to thinking about open source software for security, but we're maybe not as used to thinking about the security of open source.

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