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Top 5 Cybersecurity Open-Source Projects That Can Protect Your Organisation

Top 5 Cybersecurity Open-Source Projects That Can Protect Your Organisation

Rohit Yadav

Cybersecurity needs have increased over the years due to the rise of cyberattacks on small and large organisations alike. Data breaches afflict businesses and, in many cases, lead to bankruptcy for companies because of financial and reputation losses. In fact, reports suggest that the average cost of a data breach is about $3.9 million.

Consequently, a few leaders in the cybersecurity landscape have open-sourced security solutions to fortify breaches. Such initiatives especially help new businesses which are exposed to cyberattacks.

Small and medium enterprises can leverage these open-source projects and gain a head start to start their security initiatives for safeguarding their businesses. Another advantage of open-source projects is that companies can customise it based on their requirements and guard their information.

Here’s the list of top open-source projects to secure your business from cyberattacks:

IBM Cloud Pak

IBM Cloud Pak is a cybersecurity open-source project for hybrid systems, which will connect a wide range of security tools and on-premise and cloud systems, thereby eliminating the need for moving data from various sources. The software assists companies in automating the response to cyberattacks, shield the systems.

With Cloud Pak, firms can gain insights from across their multi could IT environment. It unveils hidden threats and allows them to make risk-based decisions. 

The rise of multi-cloud environments among organisations is mainly due to the need for protecting sensitive data. Firms are alarmed due to ever-increasing cyberattack on public clouds; many firms have already lost a colossal amount of data from public clouds. However, with IBM Cloud Pak they can now respond quickly to security incidents with automation.


In order to secure infrastructure, Google along with its partner has open-sourced OpenTitan to orchestrate need of cybersecurity from the ground up. The silicon root of trust (RoT) project can be used to integrate guidelines of data centre servers, storage, among others. This will ensure that the hardware infrastructure is in its intended and trustworthy state. 

It checks whether the system boots with the desired firmware and is not affected by malware. It provides cryptographically unique machine identity to help firms monitor the legitimacy of the systems. This increases transparency while maintaining flexibility in the way companies carry out their business processes.

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Vuls is an agentless vulnerability scanner for Linux/FreeBSD that runs on the cloud, on-premise, Docker, among others. The idea behind the project is to automate the security and notify system administrators. Vuls uses CRON to manage vulnerability by automatically the scan across the organisations. It can even check the non-OS packages to find flaws in language libraries, frameworks, and others.

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Manually, performing and monitoring vulnerability is tedious and require many experts to effectively handle the complete processes. That’s why Vuls, one of the most popular cybersecurity on GitHub, is a must-have tool to prevent breaches.


ModSecurity is an open-source cybersecurity project that performs real-time application security monitoring as well as facilitates access control. It also provides continuous passive security assessment, full HTTP traffic logging, and web application hardening. Unlike other HTTP logging applications, it enables users to log almost every event for keeping you informed about the requests that are made to access information.

Besides, instead of monitoring the behaviour of external parties, it focusses on the behaviour of systems to find suspicious events and abnormality in it.


Due to their numerous advantages Java, C, Object-C, and C++, these programming languages have been an integral part of software developments. Thus, Facebook has open-source Infer – a static analysis tool for detecting bugs in software that use those languages.

The tool helps in detecting critical bugs to find critical bugs to help firms prevent crash and poor performance in applications. Due to its robustness, the tool is used by many prominent technology companies such as Spotify, Mozilla, and Amazon, for finding loopholes in software.

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