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Red Hat’s David Egts: Feds Should Assess Open Source Code for Vulnerabilities

David Egts

TYSONS CORNER, VA, December 18, 2018 — David Egts, chief technologist for Red Hat‘s (NYSE: RHT) public sector business in North America, has cautioned federal agencies to check for potential cyber vulnerabilities in open source code before they move to adopt such software, ExecutiveBiz reported Dec. 4.

Egts wrote in a Nextgov opinion piece published Dec. 3 that agencies seeking to accelerate software procurement by using open source code should first assess if the repositories or libraries used have known vulnerabilities, deploy a code analyzer to identify issues or defects such as memory corruptions and take part in crowdsourced security initiatives to test defenses.

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