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The India Initiative: An OpenSSF Awareness Program for a Secure Future

By March 15, 2024March 18th, 2024Blog

How does one ensure security of software being created as a global community with local focus in a landscape that is distributed technologically and extremely diversified culturally?

India is experiencing a surge in open source contributions. This thriving ecosystem of developers, enthusiasts, and contributors has propelled India to the forefront of several open source projects. As this vibrant community flourishes, so too does the responsibility to ensure the security of the software being created. Securing software is paramount and non-negotiable, and the India Initiative is here to address this critical need.

In today’s complex and interconnected world, secure software is not an option, it’s a necessity. Beyond the bustling open source communities, there is a pressing requirement to equip engineers across all sectors with the knowledge and tools to write secure software. This requires a program that targets engineers working in the for-profit private sector, academia, and the burgeoning government sector.

Each of these sectors has unique needs when it comes to securing their software assets. Some require educational resources, while others may benefit from financial support, mentorship, or increased community visibility. There is a gap in identifying these specific needs and intentional action is required to bridge the gaps accordingly.

Here’s where the Open Source Security Foundation (OpenSSF) comes in. The OpenSSF is a global community of developers and security experts working together to secure open source software for everyone. We offer a wealth of resources, promote best practices, and extend various kinds of support to help individuals and organizations build secure software.

How can you get involved?

  • Sharing expertise: If you have a passion for software security, consider addressing the OpenSSF community by speaking at an event, writing about your project, or sharing your work to gain visibility.
  • Helping develop targeted programs: Based on needs, initiatives will need curation and deliver training programs, workshops, and online resources tailored to the specific needs of each sector.
  • Joining the community: Become a part of the OpenSSF community by signing up for the newsletter, attending our online and offline events, exploring projects, and even considering membership.

Building a network of mentors: Connecting experienced security professionals with aspiring engineers will provide valuable guidance and support on implementing secure coding practices.

“India’s reputation as the hub of software engineering and open source contributions is undeniable. In recognizing secure open source software as a public good, we eagerly anticipate collaborating with our vibrant Indian community to ensure that open source software remains a secure and accessible resource for all”, said Omkhar Arasaratnam, Executive Director of the OpenSSF.

This comprehensive approach aims to empower engineers across the region with the knowledge, skills, and resources they need to write secure software. By addressing the specific needs of each sector, the India Initiative can create a lasting impact on the security posture of the entire open source ecosystem in the region.

Through collective effort, the OpenSSF’s India Initiative, can empower the vibrant Indian open source community and create a more secure software landscape for everyone. Let’s embrace the power of collaboration to build a future where open source software remains not only innovative but also trustworthy and secure.

As a first step, we’re organizing a series of online events that you can tune into. We will be announcing in-person events shortly. Stay tuned!