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Your Open Source Libraries: Identifying Hidden Dangers

Free webinar feat. Source Auditor, Hosted by WhiteSource: November 19, 2013 at 9:30 a.m. PST

A free webinar, “Your Open Source Libraries: Identifying Hidden Dangers”, will take place on November 19, 2013 at 9:30 a.m. The webinar will be hosted by WhiteSource, the leading provider of agile open source management solutions. Registration is now open.

The webinar will feature Gary O’Neall, co-founder of Source Auditor, a provider of analysis and audits for open source since 2003.

Mr. O’Neall will discuss the consequences of improperly managed open source components. Today, developers routinely use open source components to boost their productivity and increase the quality of the software they produce. But poor open source management can take away much of the value of open source components.

“If you are using open source in your development process, you need to be aware of the consequences of any undisclosed open source software… We have provided hundreds of software audits and in only one occasion have we not found a “surprise” – some software that was either not disclosed or known by the software supplier,” said Gary O’Neall.

Mr. O’Neall will also talk about why developers should be aware of the open source content in their product, ensure the quality and security of their libraries, and be sure to comply with their licenses.

“Improper use of open source software can result in substantial legal, technical and business damages. “In one of our earlier audits, we examined the code of a software vendor on behalf of a potential acquirer. We found some code licensed under GPL 2.0 deep inside the software, which was so intertwined with the proprietary code that the deal ended up falling through. The examined vendor ended up losing a very significant opportunity, calling into question the value of years of investment. Although most of the surprises are relatively benign, some have very significant impact requiring re-engineering of software or resulting in lost opportunities,” said O’Neall.

Webinar participants will learn about best practices for managing open source, how to reduce open source risks and boost developer efficiency.

“WhiteSource was designed to help companies solve these issues with very little effort so that they can retain the maximum value of open source. Our system replaces manual and inaccurate processes with an automated tool that saves time and effort and reduces inaccuracies and risks,” said Rami Sass, CEO of WhiteSource.

WhiteSource offers development teams a user-friendly SaaS platform for managing open source components. The WhiteSource platform is seamlessly weaved into the development management process, saving valuable time and effort. WhiteSource can:

  • Automatically identify open source components when first used
  • Automate compliance with open source licenses and organizational policies
  • Proactively alert users on security vulnerabilities, other bugs and their fixes
  • Automate lifecycle management of open source components

The webinar agenda will include the following:

  • 5 case studies illustrating surprises he typically runs into and how you as a software vendor can avoid them (presented by Mr. Gary O’Neall, co-founder of Source Auditor)
  • Best practices for managing open source. Learn how to reduce open source risks and boost developer efficiency (presented by Mr. Rami Sass, WhiteSource CEO)

To pre-register for the event, please visit:https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7961562951382974722

About WhiteSource

WhiteSource is the leading provider of agile open source lifecycle management solutions. WhiteSource helps companies of all sizes fully realize the advantages of open source software while mitigating the legal, business and technical risks. Our comprehensive cloud-based service is very affordable and easy to use — without over-burdening developers.

WhiteSource features a dynamic repository of information about open source libraries and their licenses, license risks, compliance requirements, security vulnerabilities, and new versions.

WhiteSource makes it easy to implement best-practice business processes for open source adoption, usage, updates, and ongoing compliance. Founded in 2011, WhiteSource is a privately held company with offices in New York and Tel Aviv.

For more information, visit: https://www.mend.io

Meet The Author

Adam Murray

Adam Murray is a content writer at WhiteSource. He began his career in corporate communications and PR, in London and New York, before moving to Tel Aviv. He’s spent the last ten years working with tech companies like Amdocs, Gilat Satellite Systems, Allot Communications, and Sisense. He holds a Ph.D. in English Literature. When he’s not spending time with his wife and son, he’s preoccupied with his beloved football team, Tottenham Hotspur.

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