10/3/2002 - Red Hat, the world's premier open source and Linux provider, announced the first Open Source Security Summit. The Security Summit will take place at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. on October 29, and will be cohosted by Dell.
The Security Summit will provide an open forum to discuss and explore how open source technologies, methodologies, tools, and support processes meet the challenges of securing networks and computer systems.
"Building a stable yet accessible infrastructure to protect critical enterprise data and systems is a daunting challenge for most organizations," said Paul Cormier, executive vice president of Engineering at Red Hat. "Solutions which are architected using open source technologies are meeting the challenges of securing systems and delivering to customers the highest level of security. Many of these open source technologies are in production today."
The Open Source Security Summit program will feature a global list of industry experts, including:
Keynote speakers, panelists and attendees will explore the assertion that the open source development model - based on code access, community resources and peer-to-peer design review - results in a more secure software product. Other topics to be discussed include:
"Conventional perceptions of security are predicated on the assumption that hidden is secure," said Stacey Quandt, Giga Group, a leading IT industry analyst. "Newspaper headlines on security vulnerabilities in many of the markets established by proprietary operating environments underscore the fact that hackers can and do find and exploit back doors and code vulnerabilities. Today some of the most secure operating systems are based on the open source model. The question begs how can you be sure that your environment is secure if you are running a proprietary operating system that cannot be examined or verified for secure coding?"
"This summit is an important opportunity for customers to learn about cutting-edge security technologies from the experts as well as to provide feedback on their own requirements," said Tom Buchsbaum, vice president, Defense and Intelligence Systems at Dell. "Red Hat and Dell are committed to helping customers achieve highly-secure IT environments using standards-based technologies, while continuing to reduce total cost of ownership."
"The time is now for the IT industry to re-evaluate critical infrastructure security perceptions and realities," said Shawn Hernan, team leader of vulnerability handling, CERT Coordination Center, the nation's first and best-known computer emergency response team. "The industry can benefit by tearing down the walls that have prevented the flow of information in the past and the open source community can help lead the way."
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