Current solutions to address cybersecurity threats take a siloed approach. Such a siloed approach favors attackers who share exploits with one another. The paper argues that cybersecurity threats are best addressed through open source projects that combine the shared expertise of security experts. To this end we develop a tool for assessing the value of open source projects and then apply it to examine how cybersecurity threats can be addressed through open source projects. This article will be relevant to organizations and government agencies who need to ensure that their networks are safe from cyberattacks, cybersecurity service providers, and to researchers interested in the intersection of open source and cybersecurity.

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Keywords business models, cybersecurity, modularity, open source, trust, value creation
Persistent URL dx.doi.org/10.1109/ICE.2015.7438667
Conference IEEE International Conference on Engineering, Technology and Innovation/ International Technology Management Conference, ICE/ITMC 2015
Citation
Weiss, M, & Bailetti, A.J. (2016). Value of open source projects: A case for open source cybersecurity. In 2015 IEEE International Conference on Engineering, Technology and Innovation/ International Technology Management Conference (ICE/ITMC) [22-24 June 2015] (pp. 1–8). doi:10.1109/ICE.2015.7438667