U.S. Government Emphasizes Secure Coding in Open Source Software


  • The U.S. Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) recognizes the significance of open source software and its role in accelerating development across various domains.
  • They emphasize the importance of secure coding in open source software to prevent vulnerabilities like Log4shell, which can have a significant impact.
  • CISA has developed a roadmap for open source software security, focusing on collaboration with the open source community, understanding software prevalence, reducing risks to the federal government, and strengthening the open source ecosystem.
  • The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has published a policy encouraging contributions from DHS employees and contractors to open source projects.
  • Individuals interested in contributing to open source can find resources, and companies using open source are encouraged to establish open source program offices to coordinate contributions and ensure software security.

Get Involved: CISA, in partnership with other organizations, has launched a Request for Information on open source software security, with responses due by October 9. Contributions to CISA’s open source projects are also welcome.

Contact: For questions or feedback on CISA’s open source initiatives, contact OpenSource@cisa.dhs.gov.

Keywords: Open Source Software, Secure Coding, Cybersecurity, CISA, DHS, Vulnerabilities, Roadmap