New Program Rewards Developers for Securing Open Source Software

Google is making a $1 million investment in the Secure Open Source (SOS) Rewards pilot program, according to a recent announcement.

The SOS program “financially rewards developers for enhancing the security of critical open source projects that we all depend on” and is run by the Linux Foundation with sponsorship from the Google Open Source Security Team.

According to the SOS website, the program “rewards a very broad range of improvements that proactively harden critical open source projects and supporting infrastructure against application and supply chain attacks.” 

Projects will be selected based on criteria including:

Review the program FAQ to learn how to participate. Note that only work completed after October 1, 2021 will qualify for SOS rewards.