The White House on Tuesday released the 2023 End of Year Report on the Open-Source Software Security Initiative (OS3I). The report titled ‘Securing the Open-Source Software Ecosystem’ states that the Federal Government is actively working to consolidate its stance on open-source software security.
It was published by the Office of the National Cyber Director, a part of President Biden’s National Cybersecurity Strategy (NCS), and includes the following four-fold strategy:
Firstly, it aims to unify its voice on the matter, fostering a coherent and consistent approach.
Secondly, there is a focus on establishing a strategic framework for the secure utilization of open-source software, extending efforts to enhance security across the broader ecosystem.
Thirdly, in alignment with President Biden's Invest in America agenda, the government is committed to encouraging long-term and sustained security investments within the open-source software realm.
And lastly, an integral part of this initiative involves actively engaging and cultivating trust with the open-source software community, recognizing the importance of collaboration and cooperation in ensuring robust cybersecurity measures.
“As articulated in the NCS, the Biden-Harris Administration is committed to long-term planning and collaboration with the open-source software community to achieve a more defensible and resilient digital ecosystem. Coordinated by the Office of the National Cyber Director, the work of the OS3I in 2024 is already underway,” the White House said in a press release.
Following the identification of the Log4Shell vulnerability in 2021, the Biden-led administration has strengthened its dedication to enhancing the security of the open-source software ecosystem.
The report also notes that building a secure, robust, and thriving open-source ecosystem demands increased collaboration and synchronized investments from both the public and private sectors.