Security software makers and security analysts say they’re getting a little nervous about the future of the open source community.
The open source ecosystem has been steadily declining in the US, and there’s concern it could be on the decline elsewhere.
That has led to concerns about what happens when open source software goes dark, and how it will be used in the future.
Security software companies, security analysts and other experts are now talking about a “cyber-crisis” as they seek ways to cope.CPA Network, a cybersecurity research firm that has tracked the impact of closed source software on companies for years, has released a new report that looks at how many open source projects are going dark.
The report, Cyber-Crisis: The End of Open Source?
shows that while open source was growing, in the last 12 months, closed source projects in the industry have shrunk by more than a third, or a quarter.
That means the closed source community has a lot of work to do to recover.
And it’s not just open source.
The number of closed and open source versions of products has fallen even more sharply.
The CISO, the company that runs the open sources of the companies that sell software to customers, released a report last month that found that nearly all of the closed-source software products sold in the United States had at least one version that was not open source, such as Adobe Reader, Microsoft Office or Adobe Flash.
In the last six months, the CISO found that more than 2,400 open source products were being sold in U.S. stores, and more than 3,700 of those were selling for less than $20 per copy.
That is far lower than what closed source versions would normally cost.
But open source still has a long way to go before it is completely gone, said Matt Lacey, CISO director of marketing at CPA Network.
He said that open source has been around for a while, and that the CISOs view of open source as a critical component of their strategy has changed over time.
Open source software was a key component of many of the early cloud providers that used open source for customer data storage.
But as the cloud became more expensive and the cost of data storage became more competitive, the cloud provider had to look for alternative ways to make money, and closed source became the preferred way to do it.
That meant that open sources were being replaced by open source alternatives like Adobe Flash and Microsoft Office, and those closed source alternatives were becoming increasingly less attractive to customers.
For example, Open Source Cloud Services Inc., a cloud provider that specializes in managing the public cloud, has shut down most of its public cloud services in recent months, and it will not sell any new cloud products to the public.
The move to open source in the public sector will likely cost the public some money, said Scott Schuetz, CISOs global head of public cloud solutions at the firm.
And he said there’s no guarantee that companies that have closed source will continue to use closed source products.
The trend is also worrisome because many closed source vendors are also in the business of selling software to the private sector, which is where the open-source community tends to be a little bit more focused, he said.
And that’s something that’s been a problem for the open community for a long time.
It’s a real concern that these closed source companies, which were always going to have a very large market, are not going to be able to continue to compete in this business,” Schuetz said.
Schuetz added that CPA has been tracking closed source technology trends in the U.K. and other countries for years.CISA, an organization that tracks the closed and public software market, said that closed source is the largest sector in the closed software market.
But it said that it was concerned that closed software will become the predominant way of using closed source, and not be as attractive to consumers as open source technologies, and also that closed sources could be less useful than open sources in a situation where a government needs to secure sensitive data.
In a statement, CISA said it has been watching closed source trends for years and that its data shows that open software is losing ground.
Open sources, it said, are still a very important part of the software ecosystem, but in the face of growing competition from closed source technologies the market for closed source should be protected.
Open Source: A Short History of Open-Source Software (pdf) has been updated to include the latest data and charts.CSA is a member of the American Software Alliance.