What is an open source security solution?

Open source security solutions should provide protection for digital assets, networks, and systems. Open source security systems are usually built around open source security tools, such as the Linux operating systems and the Apache web server. Open source security tools provide organizations with the ability to develop their own security solutions and customize existing security solutions to fit their specific needs.

This may entail, among other things, binary fingerprints; using expertly curated and proprietary research; comparing precise scans to that private intelligence, and showing developers this intelligence from inside their preferred tools.

Open source security systems can also be more cost-effective than proprietary security systems, as they may not require license fees or maintenance fees. However, where applicable, the real-world cost of operating an open-source security solution should be illustrated.

Previous recognition for open source security solutions

For a broader understanding of this Cloud Security Awards category, we have gathered examples from previous winners, finalists, and shortlistees which impressed the judging team with their innovative open source security systems solutions.

Winner of The 2024 Cloud Security Award for Best Open Source Security Solution

Quote from Lead Judge, Annabelle Whittall

“Through the pioneering work of their Nautilus research team, Aqua remains at the forefront of innovation, providing partners and customers with cutting-edge defenses against evolving threats. Their commitment to comprehensive security solutions is exemplified by the industry’s first unified Cloud Native Application Protection Platform (CNAPP), offering unparalleled visibility and protection across cloud infrastructure and applications. Aqua’s dedication to advancing security research ensures that their solutions not only remain effective but also adaptive to the ever-changing landscape of cloud-native environments, making them a deserving winner in this category.”

Finalist of The Cloud Awards 2022-2023 for the Best Open Source Cloud Solution

Atlantic.net is known for offering a range of security services, including security consultation, risk assessment, and vulnerability scanning.

Atlantic.net’s open source security solution integrates with open source tools, such as OSSEC, AIDE, and Tripwire to provide data-encryption and access-control.

A strong entry for Best Open Source Security category should have:

  • Clear, identifiable reasoning as to how the solution protects digital assets with open source tools
  • If available, any supplementary materials including but not limited to customer testimonials or case studies to demonstrate the solution’s results, effectiveness, and how it works
  • Clearly highlighted in the application any innovative features based on cloud technologies, where applicable.

The top candidates must be able to combine confidentiality, integrity, and availability.

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Next Steps to Enter The Cloud Security Awards Awards

To enter this Cloud Security Awards category, or any other category in The Cloud Security Awards, please follow these three simple steps:

  • Download the entry form. Open up the ‘Cloud Security Awards Simple Form’ document.
  • Complete your form. You only need to complete the form once, even if entering multiple Cloud Security Awards categories.
  • Submit your entry. Head to the ‘Submit Now’ section on our website, select ‘The Cloud Security Awards’ and the category/categories you are entering from the list, upload your form and any other materials you would like the judges to review, and process your fees.

The Cloud Security Awards is a program from The Cloud Awards. Since 2011, we’ve been helping organizations across the globe gain the recognition they deserve for market-leading innovation in the cloud computing and software sectors.

For a detailed breakdown of all the benefits you receive as an awards entrant as either a shortlistee, finalist or ultimate winner, please see our “Why Enter?” page. The many benefits are replicated across all international awards programs. If you have any questions about this category, please contact us.