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there are thousands of open source security vulnerabilities reported every year

Most companies unaware they are using open source software

Woking, Surrey: 2.00 p.m.15th October, 2015

“Enterprises across all industries are increasingly using open source software to reduce development costs and accelerate time to market. Yet there are thousands of open source security vulnerabilities reported every year, with 98% of companies unaware of the extent of, and licensing requirements of, the open source code they are using. Additionally, 67% of companies do not monitor their open source code for security vulnerabilities,” said Ian Kilpatrick, chairman Wick Hill Group.

“Because companies today lack visibility into open source code usage and licensing in their organisations,” added Kilpatrick, “they are open to security attacks, compliance issues, and legal action. Heartbleed, ShellShock and other major security bugs attacked through open source vulnerabilities, so it’s a crucial issue.”

Kilpatrick was speaking as it was announced that Wick Hill has been appointed value added distributor for Black Duck Software in the UK and the DACH (Germany, Austria and Switzerland) region. Black Duck is a US-based worldwide vendor, whose industry-leading products secure and manage Open Source Software, eliminating the pain related to security vulnerabilities, compliance, and operational risk. The company is partnering with Wick Hill as part of its drive to grow sales and expand its reach in the EMEA region.

“The advent of the Internet of Things has seen enterprise IT infrastructure shifting from hardware to software. As a result, more and more companies are moving towards open source solutions.” said Kevin Bland, director of channels and alliances at Black Duck Software.

“However, the majority of companies using open source software will acknowledge that they don’t know what open source code they have, where it’s located, or if it has known security vulnerabilities,” he added. “Partnering with Wick Hill will allow us to expand the reach of our increasingly important open source security and management solutions across the EMEA region.”

Black Duck solutions

Black Duck solutions enable organisations to automate the process of identifying and inventorying all of the open source software in use and referencing the identified code against a variety of databases to map all known security vulnerabilities and to provide information about open source license compliance requirements.

Additionally, Black Duck dynamically monitors the inventory of open source code to provide alerts when any new known security vulnerabilities are discovered that would impact the code. Black Duck solutions also help customers determine their level of security and compliance risk, and help track remediation.

Wick Hill Select

Black Duck Software is the first partner in Wick Hill’s new Wick Hill Select division which will provide comprehensive market entry and growth support for suppliers who are looking to establish in, or rapidly expand across EMEA. It forms a key component of Wick Hill’s plans for international expansion.

About Wick Hill

Established in 1976, value added distributor Wick Hill specialises in secure IP infrastructure solutions. The company sources and delivers best-of-breed, easy-to-use solutions through its channel partners, with a portfolio that covers security, performance, access, networking, convergence, storage and hosted solutions.

Wick Hill is particularly focused on providing a wide range of value added support for its channel partners. This includes a strong lead generation and conversion programme, technical and consultancy support for reseller partners in every stage of the sales process, and extensive training. Wick Hill currently has offices in Woking, Surrey, with sister offices in Hamburg. Wick Hill Group is part of Rigby Private Equity, a subsidiary of Rigby Group Investments, an independent company within Rigby Group plc.

About Black Duck Software

Organizations worldwide use Black Duck Software’s industry-leading products to secure and manage Open Source Software, eliminating the pain related to security vulnerabilities, compliance, and operational risk. Black Duck is headquartered Burlington, MA and has offices in Mountain View, CA, London, Frankfurt, Hong Kong, Tokyo, Seoul, and Beijing. For more information visit


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