40% reduction in use of Open Source due to security fears

About 40% of IT professionals report that organizations have reduced their use of open source software due to security concerns, according to a survey conducted by data science firm Anaconda.

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The company report “2022 State of Data Science” solicited opinions in April and May from 3.493 people from 133 countries and regions, including academics, IT professionals and students. About 16% of respondents introduced themselves as data scientists. About 33% of surveyed professionals said they had not decreased their use of open source, 7% said they had increased their use, and 20% said they were not sure. The remaining 40% said they had reduced their use.

The sample came from industry professionals, Anaconda says, a mix of business analysts, product managers, data and machine learning scientists and engineers, typical IT professionals such as systems administrators and others in technology, finance, consulting, healthcare and so on.

87% of respondents indicated that their organization still allows the use of open source software. However, it seems many of them are looking to reduce risk and stop relying on too many open source dependencies.

The Anaconda report found that incidents like the log4j and reports of “protestware” prompted users of open source software to take security concerns more seriously.

Of the 40 percent who reduced their use of open source, more than half did so after the Log4j fiasco.

About 31 percent of respondents indicated that security vulnerabilities represent the biggest challenge in the open source community today.

Most organizations use open source software, according to Anaconda. But among the 8 percent of respondents who said they don't, more than half (54 percent, up 13 percent from last year) cited security risks as the reason.

Other reasons for not using open source software include: lack of understanding (38%), lack of trust in organizational IT governance (29%), not wanting to disrupt ongoing projects (26%).

Of course, as with any research, no one can be sure who is funding it. This is for the counter argument and the other 40% who claim they have no problems with Open Source.

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