Rise of open-source software and security measures

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Open source use dominates application development. However, with the benefits of open source use come risks, particularly when organisations do not sufficiently track and manage the open source they have in use. For hackers the return on investment for an open source vulnerability is high. A single exploit can be used to compromise hundreds of thousands of applications and web sites. When an organisation is not aware of the open source in its software, it can’t defend against attacks targeting vulnerabilities in those open source components.

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