Thank you voters! Epignosis eFront LMS Won the Best of ELearning! Award

ELearning! Media Group Awarded Epignosis for Best Open Source Solution

We’re very happy to announce that Epignosis eFront won the Best of Elearning! Award for Best Open Source Solution, and an Award of Excellence for Best Learning Management System (SaaS, Open-Source, or Content Supplier) at the annual Enterprise Learning! Conference & Expo at the Hyatt Regency in Irvine, CA which were held last week, September 26th. So a big thank you must go out to all our voters!

The Elearning! Media Group’s Best of Elearning! Awards are the exclusive reader’s choice awards program for elearning products and services. Recipients are chosen by Elearning! and Government Elearning! magazines’ reader community via an open-ended online ballot. Altogether, 72 products across 21 categories were named best-in-class by learning professionals and executives in 2012, and approximately 3881 nominations were collected over the balloting period. Continue reading

Open-source and the “security through obscurity” fallacy

The security of open source software is a key concern for organizations planning to implement it as part of their software stack, particularly if it will play a major role. Currently, there is an ongoing debate on whether open source software increases software security or is detrimental to its security. There are a variety of different benefits and drawbacks for both sides of the argument.

The main concern is that because free and open source software (FOSS) is built by communities of developers with the source code publically available, access is also open to hackers and malicious users. As a result, there could be the assumption that FOSS is less secure than proprietary applications. This assumption has a name – it is called “Security through obscurity” – an attempt to use secrecy of design or implementation to provide security. Unfortunately, security through obscurity can give you a false sense of security and ultimately lead to an insecure system. Continue reading