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Small business client has legal concerns about open source software

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Good morning, Forum:

I have a business client, a veterinary hospital, that is considering using an open source antivirus / antimalware solution on their office computers. Does anyone know of any legal concerns that should be addressed concerning possible liability using open source v. licensed AV software.

Many thanks!
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There should not be legal concerns about open source A/V so long as you are getting it from the maker itself. All A/V does is stop or quarantine bad files.

I prefer brand name, commercial A/V as it usually better anyway.
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What open source anti-virus?  The only one I know about is ClamAV and it does not do real-time scanning like most Windows Anti-virus programs do.
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I don't know of any legal obligations a Vet's office would have other  than protecting CC info of Clients, Dogs and Cats are not protected by medical history/insurance laws.

The question that jumps to my mind is "why?"
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ClamAV is the open source solution they are considering, as well as several licensed applications. In addition, Clam Sentinel is also open source, and adds the real time scanner to ClamAV.

The client is not averse to using commercial, licensed software; I wish more folks took more of an interest in their own security posture.
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Thanks for all the opinions.
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@grumpyoldgearhead - Thank you and I was happy to help.
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