By kevinschmidt on Mar 25, 2008
Specifically, the transparency of open-source helps ensure that the code is secure, or if not, that issues can be found and fixed right away without the vendor sitting on them until it is convenient to release or there is enough uproar to fix the issue sooner. As Bill Vaas said in Jonathan's blog:
"... one of the great benefits of being an open source company is that Sun can innovate out in the open, within a very large community. For security technologies in particular, transparency of development is absolutely vital, even for the NSA - you can't sneak trojan horses into open source platforms. So open source allows high security customers to trust vendors \*and\* verify."