Have you ever wondered why Banks and financial institutions use so much Open Source Software internally?
Open source is everywhere. Over 90% of organisations in the UK use open source components in their software, including the financial sector. FINOS’ 2022 State of Open Source in Financial Services report made it clear in particular just how rapidly open source software is proliferating in the sector. However, recent cyberattacks demonstrate the risk these companies run of losing billions of pounds if they don’t manage their software supply chains.
Open Source Software (OSS) is becoming increasingly popular in the banking industry because it offers numerous advantages such as cost savings, flexibility, security, and innovation. Banks can use OSS to build and customize their own solutions, integrate with other systems, and collaborate with other developers and institutions. Additionally, OSS provides greater transparency, accountability, and community support, which can help banks to better serve their customers and meet regulatory requirements. However, implementing and managing OSS requires careful planning, evaluation, and monitoring to ensure compatibility, reliability, and compliance with legal and ethical standards.
@denbesten@Robert956 You both missed one important aspect "licensing" and maintaining those conditions, which can get you into a whole heap of issues. In my organisation, we have complete courses, and mandatory education in order to allow developers to use them, produce Open Source software etc.
It is a major aspect, as well as security & privacy by design controls, before anything is released etc.
The other aspect is DevSecOps and supply chain issues too.