Tuesday, January 17, 2006

Your Tax Dollars at Work

So it ain't all secret prisons and Internet wiretapping without warrants: the DHS is funding a project to beef up the security for various Open Source projects, including some that I use practically every day, such as Apache and MySQL. If only PHP were in the mix, it would be a home run.

Yay DHS on this one. This will improve the security on a LOT of systems out there, many of which are probably more critical (and open to attack) than we know - everyone's going to benefit from this initiative. And it's good to see that there are some smart, public-minded thinkers in the DHS that are willing to devote time and effort to non-movie-plot security issues.

By the way, this story comes via Bruce Schneier's blog, which he usually uses to promote, in my novice estimation at least, a pretty level-headed and rational approach to security. His posts are uniformly well-written, are always thought-provoking, and more often than not cover topics of interest to everyone (not just security professionals), so it's a good one to add to your subscription list.

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