lecture: No IT security without Free Software

How openness contributes to security


IT security is one of the most challenging global issues of recent years. But apart from the establishment of countless "cyber security" authorities, politics doesn't seem to come up with something substantial. However, Free Software can be the solution to many pressing security problems. In this session, we will look at pros and cons and use concrete examples to illustrate why security and openness are not contradictory.

Trojans shut down hospitals and Huawei's safety concerns are slowing down the 5G expansion worldwide. The state of IT security is troublesome, as the inflationary founded "cyber security" authorities and centers prove. But only recently people outside of the IT scene start to recognise the importance of Free and Open Source Software for security.

Free Software is an important component of IT security. However, experience has shown that it is not only the license that fixes critical programming errors and structural flaws. Max Mehl will therefore show in this talk how and in what form Free Software can provide a plus in security, and why it is so important to make decision makers understand this as quickly as possible.

But where there is light, there is shadow. This is why the lecture will also deal with potential disadvantages and cases of consideration as well as with typical counterarguments.


Day: 2019-09-14
Start time: 13:00
Duration: 01:00
Room: Pupin