Highlights From the New Open Source Security and Risk Analysis Report – Tim Mackey – ASW #108
The 2020 OSSRA report shows that 91% of commercial applications contain outdated or abandoned open source components. The report, produced by the Synopsys Cybersecurity Research Center (CyRC), examines the results of more than 1,250 audits of commercial codebases, performed by the Black Duck Audit Services team. The most concerning trend in this year’s analysis is the mounting security risk posed by unmanaged open source, with 75% of audited codebases containing open source components with known security vulnerabilities, up from 60% the previous year. Similarly, nearly half (49%) of the codebases contained high-risk vulnerabilities, compared to 40% just 12 months prior.
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Tim Mackey is a principal security strategist for the Synopsys Cybersecurity Research Center. As a security strategist, he applies his skills in distributed systems engineering, mission critical engineering, performance monitoring, large-scale data center operations, and global data privacy regulations to customer problems. An O’Reilly Media published author, Tim has also been covered in publications around the globe including Fortune, NBC News, Dark Reading, InfoSecurity Magazine, and The Straits Times.