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Open source software should be used to secure public sector systems, IT bosses are told

The Inquirer -Open Source Software should not be dismissed as a means of securing public sector systems, government IT bosses were told at a conference on Wednesday.

Speaking at the government ICT conference in London, Ian Levy, technical director at the Communication Electronics Security Group (CESG) said local authorities need to realise the organisation supports the deployment of non-proprietary software for security purposes.

He highlighted Bristol City Council as an example of one authority that had gone ahead with this approach, despite having originally believed it was prohibited from buying open source.

"They thought they had to use Novell or Microsoft and the CESG would not have supported its use of open source," Levy said on Tuesday.