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Google Pledges $1 Million to Secure Open Source Software


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The pilot project aims to improve the security of critical open-source apps.

Google's latest investment is part of its recently announced $10-billion pledge to cybersecurity defense.

Credit: Computing (U.K.)

Google has pledged $1 million in funding to a new open source security project hosted by the Linux Foundation.

Dubbed the Secure Open Source (SOS) Rewards program, the pilot project aims to improve the security of critical open-source apps by offering eligible developers financial rewards of $10,000 or more for their security-related work.

"SOS rewards a very broad range of improvements that proactively harden critical open source projects and supporting infrastructure against application and supply chain attacks," Meder Kydyraliev and Kim Lewandowski of Google's Open Source Security Team said in a blog post.

"To complement existing programs that reward vulnerability management, SOS's scope is comparatively wider in the type of work it rewards, in order to support project developers."

From Computing (U.K.)
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