Risk Perception and Trusted Computer Systems: Is Open Source Software Really More Secure than Proprietary Software?

Abstract

While Open Source software is routinely described as "more secure" than commercial off the shelf software, all available evidence suggests that there is little difference in the level of trust that should be accorded either type of system. The paper also relies on an analysis using risk perception theory to explain why Open Source is widely believed to be "more secure" than other types of software.

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