Tory open-source claims 'misguided'

06/02/2009

The Conservative party is mistaken in calling for the government to begin using open-source software, it has been claimed.

According to Richard Kirk, vice president and European general manager at Fortify Software, there are several security problems inherent with using open source.

'The Conservatives have accused the government of failing to capitalise on open-source software, despite reports from government agencies that have recommended its usage,' he said.

'Our own research, however, has concluded that open-source software exposes users to significant and unnecessary business risk, as the security is often overlooked, making users more vulnerable to security breaches.'

The Conservatives had based their position on a study commissioned by the party which was conducted by Dr Mark Thompson of Cambridge University.

It suggested that the government could slash IT budgets by using open-source solutions.

The government has been criticised in recent times for letting some of its large-scale IT projects go over budget and fall behind schedule.