What is open-source security software

Open-source software is nothing new. In fact, it’s been around since the 1990s when it was popularized during the dot-com boom. Open source software makes it free to use and modify the source code. While similar, open application programming interface, or API, software takes this a step further. Open API still gives developers universal access to software programs, but it’s also a tool for making platforms communicate with each other. Through open API, companies can let outside users and developers access code resources to quickly and efficiently make different programs work together with less code to write from scratch..

A great open API source code will be easy to work with, straightforward, and contain all the necessary information to use the code properly.

Benefits of open API software for IT and physical security

Choosing the right business and security software is no short order. These are big, important investments, and it’s hard (and expensive) to switch systems once you’re already working with one. But open source and open API security software can make it easier to future-proof security systems and adapt to new challenges as they arise.

When deciding whether or not to use open API software, businesses should consider the following key benefits:

  • Flexibility – Open software is often more adaptable and customizable than closed API or proprietary software, letting businesses choose how to use the software to fit their specific needs.
  • Interoperability – Going with open software gives businesses the option to leverage and connect with more third-party systems. Open API is essential for creating powerful full-building integrations, in which all systems communicate with each other and datastreams are analyzed as a single entity. 
  • Performance – If you’re looking to improve security posturing through technology, open platforms often have more intuitive design, making them easier to use with less training than proprietary solutions.
  • Cost savings – Proprietary software licensing is often expensive, and requires regular renewals to continue using it. Most API is available for free, but the better support and third-party management justifies the cost of SaaS products. The ease of implementation, without the need for expensive training, also adds to the cost savings. 
  • Security – Simply by being an open platform, providers need to fix bugs and address vulnerabilities as soon as they arise. On the contrary, proprietary system providers sometimes choose not to address an issue until they have a new release that fixes it, which can leave their customers vulnerable in the meantime.