White House joins OpenSSF and the Linux Foundation in securing open-source software

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Securing the open-source software supply chain is a huge deal. Last year, the Biden administration issued an executive order to improve software supply chain security. This came after the Colonial Pipeline ransomware attack shut down gas and oil deliveries throughout the southeast and the SolarWinds software supply chain attack. Securing software became a top priority. In response, The Open Source Security Foundation (OpenSSF) and Linux Foundation rose to this security challenge. Now, they’re calling for $150 million in funding over two years to fix ten major open-source security problems.

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They’ll need every penny of it and more.

The government will not be paying the freight for these changes. $30 million has already been pledged by Amazon, Ericsson, Google, Intel, Microsoft, and VMWare. More is already on the way. Amazon Web Services (AWS) has already pledged an additional $10 million

At the White House press conference, OpenSSF general manager Brian Behlendorf said, “I want to be clear: We’re not here to fundraise from the government. We did not anticipate needing to go directly to the government to get funding for anyone to be successful.”

Here are the ten goals the open-source industry is committed to meeting.

Security Education: Deliver baseline secure software development education and certification to all.

Risk Assessment: Establish a public, vendor-neutral, objective-metrics-based risk assessment dashboard for the top 10,000 (or more) OSS components.

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