Open Source Hardening Project

What Does Open Source Hardening Project Mean?

The Open Source Hardening Project is a U.S. Department of Homeland Security initiative designed to improve the security of open source code. The infrastructure of many systems that are critical in the U.S., such as the Internet and financial institutions, run on open-source software. As a result, ensuring the security of these systems is very important. This is why the Department of Homeland Security provided grants to the participants of the Open Source Hardening Project.


Techopedia Explains Open Source Hardening Project

The main priorities of the Open Source Hardening Project initiative include:

  • Identifying and fixing existing vulnerabilities
  • Developing systems with fewer vulnerabilities
  • Assessing emerging technologies for vulnerabilities

Other priorities include:

  • Securing the Internet
  • Improving the security of key Internet protocols
  • Fixing vulnerable software
  • Securing emerging systems

In collaboration with the U.S. government, Coverity Inc. uses scans to prevent, identify and fix security problems in open-source software. The security level of an open-source software program is classified in rungs.


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