GA Tech launching Homeland Security (CyberSecurity) program

Extracted 20MAY2011 from

Georgia Tech’s Research Institute will lead a $10 million Homeland Security project to look at open source cybersecurity options for potential use by the U.S. government – and eventually there may be money in it for open source developers.

While lead investigator at Georgia Tech, Joshua L. Davis notes that some people think open source software is more vulnerable to cyber attack because the code is public, he says it is actually more adaptable in dealing with security threats.

The five-year project will proceed in three stages. Researchers will first inventory available open source software that might meet government needs; next, it will facilitate connections between agencies and developers; finally, it will direct money to support promising open source projects.