Cross-industry organisation OpenSSF snaps up $5m


The Open Source Security Foundation, has snapped up $5m in new funding and made two new key appointments.  

The company has welcomed new general manager Omkhar Arasaratnam, veteran cybersecurity and technical risk management executive.

Omkhar began his career as a strong supporter of Open Source Software (OSS) as a PPC64 maintainer for Gentoo and contributor to the Linux kernel, and that enthusiasm for OSS continues today.

Prior to joining the OpenSSF, he led security organizations at financial and technology institutions, such as Google, JPMorgan Chase, Credit Suisse, Deutsche Bank, TD Bank Group, and IBM. As a seasoned technology leader, he has revolutionized the effectiveness of secure software engineering, compliance, and cybersecurity controls.

He is also an author and has led contributions to many international standards. Omkhar is also a member of the NYU Cyber Fellow Advisory Council and a Senior Fellow with the NYU Center for Cybersecurity.

In addition, Brian Behlendorf has been named as the new OpenSSF Chief Technical Officer. “I am thrilled to welcome Omkhar to the OpenSSF and to be passing the baton of GM to him. Assuming the role of CTO, I am looking forward to focusing more than I could before, and every day, on the deeper technical, community, and related policy challenges facing us in securing the software supply chain,” he said.

OpenSSF’s Alpha-Omega project – a project with a mission is to protect society by improving the security of open source software through direct maintainer engagement and expert analysis – has received $5m in continued funding.

Cybeats Technologies, a cybersecurity firm specialising in software bill of materials (SBOM) management, has successfully closed its second and final tranche of a non-brokered private placement.

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