There is a widespread and wholly inaccurate impression that open
source development is somehow haphazard and undisciplined, a
free-for-all among brilliant but uncoordinated individuals. In
fact, most major open source projects are very tightly managed
highly disciplined teams. This article gives examples of very
successful Open Source security projects--netfilter and Snort--and
also describes some weaknesses that need to be addressed by IT
organizations or vendors.
"It is clear that the challenges related to security are
escalating. Outbreaks of viruses and worms are becoming more
virulent and spreading faster..."