Here is How Open Source DIY Fatigue Saps Cybersecurity Resources

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by Bricata

The build vs. buy debate is a longstanding point of evaluation in open source cybersecurity tools. Recently, we’ve seen the do-it-yourself (DIY) theme reemerge among time-pressed security professionals because they wind up working to keep their open source creations up-to-date – rather than securing the enterprise.

This tends to happen in organizations trying to save money. Often it starts by tasking someone with technical skills, but not necessarily cybersecurity skills, with defending the network. Absent budget and headcount, they set out with good intentions and enthusiasm to search for whatever might get the job done, and typically discover a rich trove of free open sources tools.

Technical People Like to Experiment with Tools

Technical professionals like to experiment with new tools, so when they discover powerful tools such as SnortSuricata or Zeek IDS (formerly known as Bro IDS), their enthusiasm is high. They download the software, stand it up on a server and begin using it.

As with any new tool, they configure it for their unique environment and set out to explore its capabilities. They might change the system policies or they write a script that supports specific detection needs. These new developments are often quite good, and they’ll show off their work to friends with pride, at least for a little while.

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