[Git][reproducible-builds/reproducible-website][master] Add CIP supporter spotlight post

Chris Lamb gitlab at salsa.debian.org
Wed Oct 21 15:11:52 UTC 2020

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Add CIP supporter spotlight post

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+layout: post
+title: "Supporter spotlight: Civil Infrastructure Platform"
+date: 2020-10-21 00:00:00
+categories: org
+draft: true
+[![]({{ "/images/news/supporter-spotlight-cip-project/cip.png#right" | relative_url }})](https://www.cip-project.org/)
+<big>The Reproducible Builds project depends on our [many projects, supporters
+and sponsors]({{ "/who/" | relative_url }}). We rely on their financial
+support, but they are also valued ambassadors who spread the word about the
+Reproducible Builds project and the work that we do.</big>
+This is the first installment in a series featuring the projects, companies and
+individuals who support the Reproducible Builds project. If you are a supporter
+of the Reproducible Builds project (of whatever size) and would like to be
+featured here, please let get in touch with us at
+[contact at reproducible-builds.org](mailto:contact at reproducible-builds.org).
+However, we are kicking off this series by featuring Urs Gleim and Yoshi
+Kobayashi of the [Civil Infrastructure Platform
+(CIP)](https://www.cip-project.org/) project.
+**Chris: Hi Urs and Yoshi, great to meet you. How might you relate the
+importance of the Civil Infrastructure Platform to a user who is
+A: The [Civil Infrastructure Platform (CIP)](https://www.cip-project.org/)
+project is focused on establishing an open source 'base layer' of
+industrial-grade software that acts as building blocks in civil infrastructure
+projects. End-users of this critical code include systems for electric power
+generation and energy distribution, oil and gas, water and wastewater,
+healthcare, communications, transportation, and community management. These
+systems deliver essential services, provide shelter, and support social
+interactions and economic development. They are society's lifelines, and CIP
+aims to contribute to and support these important pillars of modern society.
+**Chris: We have entered an age where our civilisations have become reliant on
+technology to keep us alive. Does the CIP believe that the software that
+underlies our own safety (and the safety of our loved ones) receives enough
+scrutiny today?**
+A: For companies developing systems running our infrastructure and keeping our
+factories working, it is part of their business to ensure the availability,
+uptime, and security of these very systems. However, software complexity
+continues to increase, and the efforts spent on those systems is now exploding.
+What is missing is a common way of achieving this through refining the same
+tools, and cooperating on the hardening and maintenance of standard components
+such as the Linux operating system.
+**Chris: How does the Reproducible Builds effort help the Civil Infrastructure
+Platform achieve its goals?**
+A: Reproducibility helps a great deal in software maintenance. We have a number
+of use-cases that should have long-term support of more than 10 years. During
+this period, we encounter issues that need to be fixed in the original source
+code. But before we make changes to the source code, we need to check whether it
+is actually the original source code or not. If we can reproduce exactly the
+same binary from the source code even after 10 years, we can start to invest
+time and energy into making these fixes.
+**Chris: Can you give us a brief history of the Civil Infrastructure Platform?
+Are there any specific 'success stories' that the CIP is particularly proud
+[![]({{ "/images/news/supporter-spotlight-cip-project/debianlts.jpg#right" | relative_url }})](https://wiki.debian.org/LTS)
+A: The CIP Project formed in 2016 as a project hosted by Linux Foundation. It
+was launched out of necessity to establish an open source framework and
+the subsequent software foundation delivers services for civil infrastructure
+and economic development on a global scale. Some key milestones we have
+achieved as a project include our collaboration with
+[Debian](https://debian.org), where we are helping with the [Debian Long Term
+Support (LTS)](https://wiki.debian.org/LTS) initiative, which aims to extend
+the lifetime of all Debian stable releases to at least 5 years. This is
+critical because most control systems for transportation, power plants,
+healthcare and telecommunications run on Debian-based embedded systems.
+In addition, CIP is focused on [IEC 62443](https://www.isa.org/intech-home/2018/september-october/departments/new-standard-specifies-security-capabilities-for-c),
+a standards-based approach to counter security vulnerabilities in industrial
+automation and control systems. Our belief is that this work will help mitigate
+the risk of cyber attacks, but in order to deal with evolving attacks of this
+kind, all of the layers that make up these complex systems (such as system
+services and component functions, in addition to the countless operational
+layers) must be kept secure. For this reason, the IEC 62443 series is
+attracting attention as the *de facto* cyber-security standard.
+**Chris: The Civil Infrastructure Platform project comprises a number of
+project members from different industries, with stakeholders across multiple
+countries and continents. How does working together with a broad group of
+interests help in your effectiveness and efficiency?**
+A: Although the members have different products, they share the requirements
+and issues when developing sustainable products. In the end, we are driven by
+common goals. For the project members, working internationally is simply daily
+business. We see this as an advantage over regional or efforts that focus on
+narrower domains or markets.
+**Chris: The Civil Infrastructure Platform supports a number of other existing
+projects and initiatives in the open source world too. How much do you feel
+being a part of the broader free software community helps you achieve your
+A: Collaboration with other projects is an essential part of how CIP operates —
+we want to enable commonly-used software components. It would not make sense to
+re-invent solutions that are already established and widely used in product
+development. To this end, we have an 'upstream first' policy which means that,
+if existing projects need to be modified to our needs or are already working on
+issues that we also need, we work directly with them.
+**Chris: Open source software in desktop or user-facing contexts receives a
+significant amount of publicity in the media. However, how do you see the
+future of free software from an industrial-oriented context?**
+A: Open source software has already become an essential part of the industry
+and civil infrastructure, and the importance of open source software there is
+still increasing. Without open source software, we cannot achieve, run and
+maintain future complex systems, such as smart cities and other key pieces of
+civil infrastructure.
+[![]({{ "/images/news/supporter-spotlight-cip-project/cip.png#right" | relative_url }})](https://www.cip-project.org/)
+**Chris: If someone wanted to know more about the Civil Infrastructure Platform
+(or even to get involved) where should they go to look?**
+A: We have many avenues to participate and learn more! We have a
+[website](https://cip-project.org), a [wiki](https://wiki.linuxfoundation.org/civilinfrastructureplatform/start)
+and you can even [follow us on Twitter](https://twitter.com/cip_project)..
+*For more about the Reproducible Builds project, please see our website at
+[reproducible-builds.org]({{ "/" | relative_url }}). If you are interested in
+ensuring the ongoing security of the software that underpins our civilisation
+and wish to sponsor the Reproducible Builds project, please reach out to the
+project by emailing
+[contact at reproducible-builds.org](mailto:contact at reproducible-builds.org).*

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