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USING OPEN SOURCE LIBRARIES TO SPEED DEVELOPMENT WHILST MINIMISING RISK

Better, faster, cheaper. these are the promises of DevOps. The future of software development and operations is all about speeding up development and deployment, aided and abetted by cloud-based infrastructure, RESTful APIs and indeed, open source software. But then comes security, which requires a level of assurance. With the bad guys increasingly turning to automated efforts to hack into your systems, it’s not enough to hope that they will overlook your application or dataset (even if GDPR didn’t say you had to do something about it, which it does). There’s a general assumption around open source, which goes something like this: if anyone can see the code, then the chances are somebody has spotted any vulnerabilities, and indeed, fixed them. This is true, to an extent: the forums are full of recently discovered exploits and indeed, patches.