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Public sector waking up to security benefits of open source software

V3 - The public sector is finally beginning to understand the security arguments for using open source software, according to experts participating in V3's Security Summit.

While the government has long encouraged the public sector to cut IT costs through implementing open source technology, a number of concerns, including those relating to the security, have continued to hold back change.

Recently though open source software has been given more consideration by public sector procurement staff, said Carl Reynolds, co-founder of Open Health Care UK, an organisation campaigning for the use of open source software in the NHS.