The GDPR & Open Source Security Management

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Any organisation either based in the EU or that processes or holds the personal data of European residents will need to adhere to the GDPR when it goes into effect in 2018. Failure to do so could mean heavy penalties—fines up to 4 percent of annual global revenue or up to €20 million (approximately 22.3 million USD), whichever figure is higher.

Today’s software is built on a core of open source. Why spend time and money re-inventing the wheel when freely available open source software components already exist? That’s why
you’ll find open source code in over 90 percent of today’s software applications.

But many organisations don’t pay sufficient attention to the security exposures created by vulnerable open source components, and may not even be aware these exposures exist. In Black Duck’s most recent analysis of more than 1,000 commercial applications, known open source vulnerabilities were found in over 65 percent of those applications.

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