Who's this course for?

This course is designed for developers and business managers in any organization where software (whether proprietary or non-proprietary) is being developed and shipped to customers.

By the end of the course, you will be able to evaluate your organization’s exposure to the risks posed by Open Source Software and identify business procedures and best practice policies that need to be implemented to avoid unknown dangers, infringement risks, fines and bad publicity. You will be able to manage your end-to-end software supply chain, including the intellectual property implications.

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Why take this course?

Open source software can enter an organization through many different, and sometimes non-obvious, paths. This means that many organizations are not even aware of the level of the risk that they are exposed to.

And it's a growing problem. Software is shipped as standard with most modern technologies. Today's cars, for example, boast over 100 million lines of code!

At the same time, the dangers can have severe consequences. Think of Equifax. One of the most expensive data breaches in corporate history, a hack which eventually brought down the CEO, was all due to a vulnerability within a small component of open source software that was used. What begins as a decision taken by an individual or small group of developers can result in much wider business risk.

Take action now

In this course, presented by Paul McAdam and Martin Callinan of Source Code Control, you'll learn now to identify the risk posed to your organization. We explore real examples of what's worked and what's gone wrong. We find out what 'free' really means in the open source world and what licences you're likely to encounter along the way.

By the end of the course, you will be well equipped for ensuring that you are able to implement the right procedures for the entire software supply chain.

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About the lecturers

Martin Callinan 
is founder of Open Source Management specialists Source Code Control. Martin has over 20 years’ experience providing organizations with strategies to manage business risks associated with open source software supply chains such as IP compliance, security vulnerability management and procurement.

Paul McAdam is well known in the UK IT industry as Director of Open Source Management specialists, Source Code Control, but also for his roles at Microsoft. Paul was the Chief of Staff at Microsoft UK, preceded by leading the SAM engagement team for 4 years. Prior to Microsoft, Paul was an IT infrastructure manager at AstraZeneca in the UK and for 2 years in the US.

About Source Code Control

Source Code Control is a certified member of the CPD (Continuing Professional Development) and focuses on helping organisations understand and adopt best practices in compliance programs that should be applied across a software supply chain for efficient and effective compliance with open source software licences.

About Academy by PatSnap

Academy by PatSnap is a free online learning hub to help innovators, entrepreneurs and R&D teams utilise intellectual property to accelerate innovation in their organizations.