Red Hat (Nasdaq: RHAT) has joined forces with Dell (Nasdaq: DELL) to launch the first Open Source Security Summit in Washington, DC.

The Security Summit will take place at Georgetown University on Oct. 29, and will be co-hosted by Raleigh-based Red Hat and Austin-based Dell. It will provide an open forum to discuss and explore how open source technologies, methodologies, tools, and support processes meet the challenges of securing networks and computer systems.

“Building a stable yet accessible infrastructure to protect critical enterprise data and systems is a daunting challenge for most organizations,” Paul Cormier, executive vice president of engineering at Red Hat, said in a statement. “Solutions which are architected using open source technologies are meeting the challenges of securing systems and delivering to customers the highest level of security. Many of these open source technologies are in production today.”

The Open Source Security Summit program will feature a global list of industry experts, including Marcus Sachs from the White House Office of Cyberspace Security, Bill Caelli of the Queensland School of Software Engineering and Data Communications, Rob Walker from the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA), Steve Christey from MITRE Corporation and Shawn Hernan from the CERT Coordination Center.

Keynote speakers, panelists and attendees will explore the assertion that the open source development model…based on code access, community resources and peer-to-peer design review…results in a more secure software product. Other topics to be discussed include security innovation and homeland defense; mandates of the open source community in relation to software integrity, design quality and responsiveness; and the impact of collaboration and standardization on vulnerability accountability and responsiveness.

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