A Critical Role In Transparency
Auditors help the general public verify, find issues in, and summarize the requirements and claims presented by an Openly Operated products. Transparency doesn't help gauge trustworthiness if very few people understand or have time to look through a product's public audit materials, so auditors help make sense of them, saving everyone time and effort.
Currently, the Openly Operated auditors consist of a handful of engineers that are familiar with the Openly Operated requirements, but we'll soon open it up to anyone who wants to audit, and we're now working out the best way to onboard new auditors and helping them through their initial audits. Be sure to sign up for the newsletter, and optionally also contact us here to let us know you're interested in joining the Auditor Early Adopter Program.
Once an auditor is matched with a product and its Audit Kit and Audit Template, the Openly Operated audit process begins:
Since infrastructure audit logs can easily be many gigabytes, we built Open Watch, an open source tool that automatically parses through infrastructure logs to verify their integrity and look for violations of Openly Operated tenets. It's designed for infrastructure logs generated by Amazon Web Services' CloudTrail audit trail service, and it's used to help verify the audit logs of both this website and our proof-of-concept production consumer app, Confirmed VPN.
Openly Operated is a new certification/standard (April 2019), and it needs more tools to help making auditing faster, easier, and more reliable. Join our discussions to see what we're working on, and how you can help. Of course, we're always open to new ideas and suggestions.
Auditors play a very large role in the future of the internet. As more apps and services become open to improve privacy and security, their complex inner workings will require more dedicated specialists to both help find issues and increase public understanding in them. Technology companies today have both the responsibility and the resources to ensure every part of their products are properly and publicly audited.
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