Open source software security challenges persist, but the risk can be managed

Using open source components saves developers time and companies money. In other words, it’s here to stay. Here’s a look at what it will take to improve open source security.

This year’s Equifax breach was a reminder that open source software and components pose a giant risk to enterprise security despite their many benefits, especially when not properly maintained.

Open source code is now in widespread use by companies of all sizes, in all industry verticals. There are open source operating systems, productivity software, tools for administrators and developers, and code libraries that companies use to build their own software. Even commercial software is typically built on a foundation of open source code.

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Denim Group is the leading secure software development firm, serving as a trusted advisor to customers on matters of software risk and security. The company builds software for the most security conscious while helping organizations assess and mitigate risk within their existing software. Denim Group's flagship ThreadFix product accelerates the process of software vulnerability remediation, reflecting the company's rich understanding of what it takes to fix application vulnerabilities faster. Denim Group has emerged as a strong contributor to the larger application security community and has actively participated in the Open Web Application Security Project (OWASP) since shortly after its inception.

Among many other awards, Denim Group has landed on the "Inc. 5000" list - which recognizes the country's 5000 fastest-growing private companies - for five years in a row. In addition, the San Antonio Business Journal named Denim Group as one of the "Best Places to Work" in the city.

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