Answer to concerns about security and the layout of the new and supported open source community:


  1. The following FOSS (Free and Open Source Software) paper makes a convincing case for the Security of Open Source programs:

    The FOSS paper states "The autonomy properties of FOSS make it useful for DoD (Department of Defense) applications such as rapid responses to cyberattacks ..."

    This report also stated:

    FOSS applications are most important in four broad areas: Infrastructure Support, Software Development, Security and Research. "One unexpected result was the degree to which Security depends on FOSS," the report states. "Banning FOSS would remove certain types of infrastructure components (e.g., OpenBSD) that currently help support network security. It would also limit DoD access to -- and overall expertise in -- the use of powerful FOSS analysis and detection applications that hostile groups could use to help stage cyberattacks. Finally, it would remove the demonstrated ability of FOSS applications to be updated rapidly in response to new types of cyberattack. Taken together, these factors imply that banning FOSS would have immediate, broad and strongly negative impacts on the ability of many sensitive and security-focused DoD groups to defend against cyberattacks."

    The original report was located at: http://www.disa.mil/pao/dodfoss.html October 28, 2002 Here is an 80 page PDF file of the report.

    From testimony given by Tony Stanco, Director of the Center of Open Source & Government, and Associate Director of the Cyber Security Policy and Research Institute at The George Washington University, made at a meeting of the New York City Council's Select Committee on Technology in Government on April 29, 2003. in the section titled "Security" he says: "The open secret in the defense and intelligence communities around the world is that Open Source is the preferred software for secure systems. These groups don't trust software that they can't study and compile themselves, because of concerns over bugs and "spyware," and therefore would rather use Open Source software for their sensitive and classified systems."

    See: 'On Open Source Procurement Policies'

  2. Is Open Source Viable - Who is really backing Open Source and Open Standards today?
    Free Standards Group Members

    Useful Links for Open Source Standards and Programs:
    Free Standards
    Linux Base
    Accessibility at Free Standards

  3. Douglas B. Beattie, Program Director (Contracted)
    Free Standards Group
    dbb@freestandards.org
    or dbb@linuxis.us
    www.linuxis.us


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