Open Source Components: Safety Checks Required

Open Source Components: Safety Checks Required
Open source software components may be free, but that doesn't automatically make them safe to use. "There can be risks involved ... with using open source," says Steve Giguere, a security strategist at Synopsis.<br />Those risks are due in part to - and compounded by - organizations' time-to-market pressures and need to integrate new features as quickly...

Open source software components may be free, but that doesn't automatically make them safe to use. "There can be risks involved ... with using open source," says Steve Giguere, a security strategist at Synopsis.

Those risks are due in part to - and compounded by - organizations' time-to-market pressures and need to integrate new features as quickly as possible. As a result, "if there are vulnerabilities in that open source, they often become public vulnerabilities and it becomes a race against time as to whether your deployed application is vulnerable and how fast you can fix it."

In a video interview at the recent Infosecurity Europe conference in London, Giguere discusses:

  • Managing open source components;
  • How to put code reviews into practice;
  • Agile development, the rise of DevSecOps and the state of secure coding.

Giguere is a lead sales engineer at Synopsys, where he works tirelessly to encourage firms to build security into their software development lifecycle.

Source: www.databreachtoday.com