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What’s the Most Pressing Cybersecurity Issue? Red Hat’s Gunnar Hellekson Responds

The New New Internet posed a question to a number of cybersecurity industry luminaries: What is the most pressing cybersecurity issue?

Here’s what Gunnar Hellekson of Red Hat had to say:

“The threats that I have seen lately are mostly internal. I don’t mean hackers from the inside or hackers on the outside; I mean the greatest threat from the increased focused on cybersecurity is the threat that comes from our reactions to real and perceived threats. I see this growing ‘Fortress America’ movement around computer security and the security of the software-supply chain. When I hear about plans to certify software development, or otherwise close our software development system, I get really nervous. Because I come from an open source background, I am certain that we cannot add more barriers to entry for good ideas into our software-supply chain. … Another threat that I have seen lately, and it is along the same lines, is less about cybersecurity as it is about the way that software and systems are developed. There is definitely a lack of stewardship of government-funded intellectual property.”

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