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« on: January 28, 2010, 10:48:22 AM »

http://www.networkworld.com/news/2010/012710-free-software-cios.html?source=NWWNLE_nlt_daily_am_2010-01-28

Perhaps this is more regional, but from where I sit free software and open source are completely dominant players.  Here's a nice list of 20 free software favorites: http://www.networkworld.com/slideshows/2008/041608-20-free-software-favorites.html

Getting involved in the free software / open source world feels like giving back by doing what I love to do.  It's awesome  Smiley
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« Reply #1 on: January 29, 2010, 10:41:50 AM »

Props for Snort, pfSense, etc.

No serious security professional entrusts his network to closed-source software.
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« Reply #2 on: January 29, 2010, 10:44:23 AM »

No serious security professional entrusts his network to closed-source software.
But even worse are those security "professionals" who blindly trust open-source software just because it's open-source.
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« Reply #3 on: January 29, 2010, 12:34:44 PM »

But even worse are those security "professionals" who blindly trust open-source software just because it's open-source.

Never met one but I'm sure they exist.  Being simultaneously blind and open seems less likely than being blind and closed.  In any case, I believe that:

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« Reply #4 on: January 29, 2010, 01:24:17 PM »

No serious security professional entrusts his network to closed-source software.
But even worse are those security "professionals" who blindly trust open-source software just because it's open-source.

I don't know anyone like that. Every serious security professional I know has contributed code to an open source product...it's pretty much a prerequisite unless you're a Kevin Mitnick.

I'm not talking about network administrators or even CTO/CIOs here either. I'm talking about *security professionals*.
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« Reply #5 on: January 29, 2010, 01:25:24 PM »

Whitehat Hacker is synonymous with my use of "security professional" in this thread.

Also, even if you "blindly" use open source software because it's open and have never contributed a thing...at least you have the *option* to examine the source. You don't need to allege anything, you don't need to worry or be suspicious of anything...if you have a question, the code is all laid out in very nice, collaboratively-structured format for you to examine.
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