Protect Open-Source Software

Protect Open-Source Software

Programs anyone can use or modify have been a boon, but there’s a need to address security issues.

ByEric Schmidt and Frank Long

The recent discovery of a vulnerability in Apache log4j, a widely used open-source software tool, has exposed a significant security issue with our digital world. Open-source software (software that can be used, modified and shared by the public) provides common pieces of the programming that underlies much critical software, both public and private.

Protect Open-Source Software

Open-source software has been an incredible democratizing and innovative force for the digital world. Its widespread adoption, however, means that security issues can have real-world consequences when a huge proportion of the most popular apps and websites depend on it. This isn’t only an issue for technology companies and their users. It is also an issue of national security. The prevalence of open source means its security is critical to our infrastructure, putting much of the internet and millions of citizens at risk of attack.

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