Operating systems

Open Source Software and Cyber Defense

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Executive Summary

Federal enterprises and the IT fabric, important to a country's economy, are routinely employing open source software. Therefore, the study of this paper focuses on Commercial Open Source Software (COSS) as a secure implementation that results in good security engineering practices when used in integrated solutions. Therefore the paper suggests that Open Source software results in more secure systems. The key trends of Open Source Software are examined in this paper and it offers facts on the enhanced security features that particularly hold relevant for a White House cyber review. The US government and several allied nations are regularly involved in providing information to the public about possible and harmful internet threats. They also provide information on intrusions into government and industry computers due to organized crime, malicious codes, from foreign militaries, and the intelligence services of foreign countries including Russia and China. The threats have gone to an extent where they are being highlighted every year in congressional testimony. Numerous discussions are being undertaken on the issue and large amounts of information is being shared in a wide range of venues. This paper discusses Open Source software as a computer software for which the source code and other rights are provided under a software license. This allows users to use, change and improve the software and redistribute it in an altered or the same form. Because open source software is developed in an open, public, collaborative manner, it does not only imply having access to the source code.

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