Open source: An antidote to cloud vulnerabilities
A recent shift toward software as a service has created an interesting challenge for system administrators with respect to data security and cyber threats. Today, more and more business information resides on third party cloud infrastructures outside of a secured and protected network.
Due to ease of access, third party clouds are more vulnerable to exploitation and if compromised, significant amounts of sensitive data may end up in the hands of cyber criminals.
Alternatively, the adoption and use of open source platforms has been trending up due to the inherent high cost per user and security concerns associated with the software as a service business model.
The main advantages of open source tools area) cost effectiveness due to lack of monthly subscription fees and dues;
b) the ease of rapidly adapting to new threats due to the much larger size, diversity, and depth of knowledge of the open source developer community working on so many platforms;
c) a lack of wide spread threats developed to target open source platforms (unlike Microsoft operating system);
d) the inherent security built in the Linux kernel and the operating system, which is at the core of many open source platforms.
Companies are more frequently utilizing open source solutions to create comprehensive network resources that are much less vulnerable to cyber threats, and that are aligned with recent government directives such as DFARS 252.2047012 and NIST 800171 regarding safeguarding controlled unclassified information.