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    Use Govn't leans toward open source

    In a nation that's become almost completely dependent upon interconnected information networks and data shuttled through cyberspace, the federal government is grappling with the best approach to securing its own IT systems while creating a national cybersecurity strategy for businesses. At Tuesday's Open Source Security Summit in Washington, representatives from government, academia, and industry presented their case that open-source code's flexibility and transparency will play a key role in securing the nation's IT systems and data.

    "IT security has become a matter of national security," says Marcus Sachs, director for Communication Infrastructure Protection for the White House Office of Cyber Security. "All we're asking for is that [software vendors] have security built into their products." This includes accountable IP addressing, trusted network services for routing and naming, authenticated user services for applications such as E-mail, and a working public key infrastructure, he says.


    While Sachs doesn't discourage the use of packaged software where the source code is not available to the buyer, he does promote an open-source approach to programming as a way to make software engineers accountable for the security of their programs. Placed in context, if a bridge collapses, an investigation is launched, the bridge's engineering process is examined, and changes are made to future construction. "IT needs to be this way," he says.
    for the full story visthttp://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&ncid=74&e=1&cid=74&u=/cmp/20021031/tc_cmp/iwk20021030s0010

    I wonder how long he'll push the open source route. I commend him and think the points are valid.

    Cheers,

    Duncan
    If you spend more on coffee than on IT security, you will be hacked. What\'s more, you deserve to be hacked.
    -- former White House cybersecurity adviser Richard Clarke

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    Use Govn't leans toward open source

    In a nation that's become almost completely dependent upon interconnected information networks and data shuttled through cyberspace, the federal government is grappling with the best approach to securing its own IT systems while creating a national cybersecurity strategy for businesses. At Tuesday's Open Source Security Summit in Washington, representatives from government, academia, and industry presented their case that open-source code's flexibility and transparency will play a key role in securing the nation's IT systems and data.

    "IT security has become a matter of national security," says Marcus Sachs, director for Communication Infrastructure Protection for the White House Office of Cyber Security. "All we're asking for is that [software vendors] have security built into their products." This includes accountable IP addressing, trusted network services for routing and naming, authenticated user services for applications such as E-mail, and a working public key infrastructure, he says.


    While Sachs doesn't discourage the use of packaged software where the source code is not available to the buyer, he does promote an open-source approach to programming as a way to make software engineers accountable for the security of their programs. Placed in context, if a bridge collapses, an investigation is launched, the bridge's engineering process is examined, and changes are made to future construction. "IT needs to be this way," he says.
    for the full story visthttp://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&ncid=74&e=1&cid=74&u=/cmp/20021031/tc_cmp/iwk20021030s0010

    I wonder how long he'll push the open source route. I commend him and think the points are valid.

    Cheers,

    Duncan
    If you spend more on coffee than on IT security, you will be hacked. What\'s more, you deserve to be hacked.
    -- former White House cybersecurity adviser Richard Clarke

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