The White House and free software will guide the industry

Monday, 19 August 2002, 3:42 PM EST

For the first time since the September 11th attacks, one of the foremost computer security conventions took place: BlackHat 2002 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The American government embraced the occasion as an opportunity to show the new direction they want to take for dealing with security in cyberspace. Their new approach involves cooperation with the industry, because the next major strike of terrorism very well could be through cyberspace. And any attack on our society could be severe. Fortunately, a lot of progress is being made in the field of security, and a lot of that innovation is coming from the Open Source and Free Software communities. When it comes to issues of security, however, many governments have yet to find a good way to deal with free and open-source software.

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