The Open Source Security Index (OSSI) is a project that aims to provide a comprehensive measure of the security of open source software. The project was started by GitHub, in partnership with the Institute for Software Research at Carnegie Mellon University and the Laboratory for Innovation Science at Harvard.

The aims of the OSSI project include:

  • Helping developers and security teams identify and prioritize the most critical vulnerabilities in open source software.
  • Providing transparency and visibility into the security of open source software.
  • Encouraging the development of more secure open source software by promoting best practices.
  • Facilitating collaboration and sharing of knowledge between developers and security teams to improve the security of open source software.

Access the tool by clicking the link below.

Benefits To The Business Community

The Open Source Security Index (OSSI) can be of benefit to the business community in several ways:

  • Identifying and managing risks: By providing detailed information on the security of open source software, businesses can identify and prioritize vulnerabilities that pose the greatest risk to their systems, and take the necessary steps to mitigate them.
  • Improving security posture: By following best practices for securing open source software and staying informed about the latest vulnerabilities, businesses can improve their overall security posture and better protect themselves from cyber threats.
  • Reducing costs: By identifying and addressing vulnerabilities early on, businesses can reduce the costs associated with security breaches, such as lost revenue and reputational damage.
  • Enhancing compliance: Many businesses are required to comply with various regulations and standards, such as PCI DSS and HIPAA. The OSSI can help businesses identify and address any compliance issues related to open source software.
  • Enhancing the use of Open Source: With the detailed information provided by OSSI, businesses can have better insight into the security of their open-source software, which can help them make more informed decisions on the selection and use of open-source software.