Linux Foundation Welcomes IT Security Leader Symantec as Gold Member

Cybersecurity firm deepens its commitment to collaborative development and looks to contribute its security expertise across Linux Foundation projects and initiatives 

LAKE TAHOE, Calif. - The Linux Foundation Collaboration Summit - March 29, 2016The Linux Foundation, the nonprofit organization enabling mass innovation through open source, today is announcing Symantec is becoming a Gold Member. Gold membership is the second-highest membership tier at The Linux Foundation and demonstrates a significant commitment and investment in open source and collaborative development.

Symantec has demonstrated a strong commitment to open source development through its investments across The Linux Foundation’s Collaborative Projects including the AllSeen Alliance and the Open Container Initiative. By becoming a Gold member, Symantec will lend its experience building cybersecurity and threat protection solutions for enterprise customers to The Linux Foundation and open source community. 

Open source software has become the default approach for end users and enterprises (2015 Future of Open Source Survey) to build the world’s most critical technologies. As this rate of adoption climbs, so does the need for formal open source policies including management of security and compliance risks. The Linux Foundation Collaborative Projects unite thousands of developers across hundreds of companies to develop enterprise-grade software deployments with security capabilities – fine-grained access control and security auditing and encryption – at the forefront of development. 

“Symantec has built a reputation on its ability to consider and address security threats for our customers,” Steve Hallett, vice president, cloud platform engineering, Symantec. “We also understand the growing role of open source software across today’s enterprise customers, so it is a natural evolution for us to contribute and collaborate with other members of The Linux Foundation and its projects.”

“Open source software has the ability to unite stakeholders across industries and advance shared technology investments,” Jim Zemlin, executive director, The Linux Foundation. “Security is a critical concern for any open source project, so to have one of the world’s leading cybersecurity experts join The Linux Foundation is extremely valuable.” 

Existing Gold members of The Linux Foundation include Cisco, Citrix, eBay, Electronics and Telecommunications Institute (ETRI), Google, Hitachi, Mazda, NetApp, Panasonic, PLUMgrid, Renesas, SR Tech Labs, SUSE, Toshiba, Toyota and Verizon Terremark. The full roster of The Linux Foundation’s members can be accessed here: https://www.linuxfoundation.org/about/members.

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