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Why Open-Source Projects Need to Address Dependency-related Security Risks
Open-source software and hardware projects are becoming increasingly popular, but their complexity and large supply chains bring new challenges for engineers in terms of cybersecurity. With the growing threat of cyber attacks, it's important to understand the security issues posed by dependencies and how the future of open-source projects can mitigate these risks.
PyTorch, a popular open-source platform for Python, is just one example of the potential benefits and drawbacks of open-source projects at scale. Open-source projects have the potential to provide innovative solutions but also come with risks that must be carefully considered.
As technology continues to progress, open-source solutions are becoming increasingly dominant. Agricultural industries that have historically been tied to manufacture-specific solutions that lock out individual developers are being challenged, software companies are shifting their focus to open-source solutions in an attempt to demonstrate security and privacy, and even large businesses (such as IBM) who have garnered success on closed-source solutions are now even joining in the open-source movement.
But why exactly has the open-source movement proven to be a modest success? Many would be quick to suggest that the free nature of open-source hardware makes it popular with those looking to save money, and there is undoubtedly some truth in this. However, considering that the vast majority of people continue to use paid solutions (such as MS Office over LibreOffice) provides counter-evidence to this motive.