The use of open source code for software and application development is on the rise as the demand for more agile applications and programs continues to grow. According to the Open Source Survey, an open data project by GitHub and collaborators, 72% of the survey’s respondents say that open source is the default choice when evaluating new tools.
This popularity and widespread use of open source, however, is both a blessing and a curse in disguise. On one hand, it means that developers no longer have to “reinvent the wheel” and create code from scratch…which helps to accelerate delivery of digital innovation. But on the other hand, using open source components also exposes organizations to security vulnerabilities because most open source components are not subject to the same level of scrutiny as custom code. So how can companies safeguard their digital business yet ensure that their apps can be feature-rich,unique, and most importantly, secure?
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