Don’t take your eye off the security ball when it comes to open source.
By Steve Pitcher
I’ve had a few conversations in the last few weeks about open-source solutions on IBM i. While I’m an advocate and even sometimes a cheerleader for open solutions, these conversations have left me with concern about IBM i security. Don’t get me wrong; progression toward the open-source world is needed in our community. It opens up doors to hire new people with new ideas and sets them up to become productive as developers very quickly. We’re given the opportunity now, at this point, to do arguably what we’ve not been able to do as a community with our traditional applications written in RPG: enforce rudimentary object-level controls and not give away the keys to the kingdom with special authorities.