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Oct 30, 2002, 16:00 (0 Talkback[s])
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PCWorld: Is Linux the Key to Securing Cyberspace?

"Because users can more readily customize open source code, software like Linux offers security options not always or easily available in proprietary technology, several attendees noted.

'For security in an Internet world, I have to have control of my server,' said Bill Caelli, a professor of software engineering in Queensland, Australia. 'Gone are the days of where I know where my software is coming from.'

"In an open source system, one can repair and improve systems as needed, Caelli said. With a closed system like Microsoft's proprietary operating systems, 'we cannot make incremental changes in security infrastructure...'"

Complete Story Defense, Cybersecurity Officials Praise 'Open Source' Software

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"'Open source allows us the opportunity to have a pro-active and pre-emptive identification of security holes by friendly analysis,' said Ken Linker of the Defense Information Systems Agency. He read the written presentation of Robert Walker, the program manager for the agency, which runs the software for a large portion of the department's command-and-control systems.

"'As a result, this early identification and rapid repair of security vulnerabilities has become a major advantage of open source over more proprietary approaches to software development,' Linker read. The presentation was replete with positive references to the security advantages of open-source software..."

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