Why Open Source Security is the Path to Beating Hackers and Supporting Technology Innovations

A Rapid and Hazardous Playing Field

At present, there are a lot of broken links in the security world—particularly in consideration of the infrastructures protecting federal networks and data. It is well-known that attacks on government systems are multiplying and concurrently becoming more sophisticated on a daily basis. Further, the technology the world consumes is becoming more complex, and defending it isn’t such an easy feat. Both enterprises and federal agencies face the daunting task of satisfying security needs while embracing digitalization. Many security experts are asking the question: “what’s the best way?”

According to the (ISC)² 2016 State of Cybersecurity from the Federal Cyber Executive Perspective report:

  • 65% of federal executives disagree, or strongly disagree, that the federal government is able to detect ongoing cyberattacks.
  • 41% of respondents reported that their agency does not have full awareness of where key assets are located.
  • 59% believe their agency is struggling to understand how malicious actors may be able to breach their systems.

Now, imagine being tasked with having to fix all of the broken links in security. How would you do it? There are so many things that security professionals would have to change and resolve, and the clock is always running. You’d definitely have to start by hiring some top talent—probably the best in the world. You would have to search for expertise, locate the right professionals, and then organize a massive team to address the many concerns inherent within security.

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