Proprietary versus Open-Source Software Tools and What They Mean for your CyberSecurity Agenda

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2Q 2021 | IN-6181


Increased Adoption of Open-Source IoT SW Tools


One rapidly emerging theme observed among organizations is seeking to understand the underlying features (and challenges) of adopting open-source software tools and the way they will shape their cyber-security agenda. With the rise of prominent open-source IoT platforms like DeviceHive, Macchina, Eclipse IoT, and ThingSpeak, among many other platforms and a myriad of open-source programming tools, organizations are still unclear about the security and protection liabilities of open-source software.

Proprietary versus Open-Source


Before assessing the quality of open-source software, it is important to highlight some of the key benefits of the proprietary solutions.  First, the client can (ideally) expect regular updates in a streamlined manner and in tune with the evolving cyber-threat horizon. The vendor is liable and responsible for said security updates. On the other hand, this also means that clients are vendor locked to receive the updates at a frequency usually pushed by the proprietary vendor and have …

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