In an announcement the Bitcoin Foundation says that Sergio Lerner has been added in the team and he will be working as Core Security Auditor. He will be part of strengthening the core as he fits the need for ongoing security review of changes to the core code and dedicated to deep, thorough testing of the core code.
Gavin Andresen, Chief Scientist at the Bitcoin Foundation blogged, “Today, we are pleased to welcome Sergio Lerner as our Core Security Auditor. As Core Security Auditor, Sergio will be dedicated to the ongoing security review of changes to the core code. Sergio has been volunteering his time and expertise since March 2012.”
He says that over the last couple of years, Sergio Lerner has found, reported, and helped fix several vulnerabilities in the core code. According to him Sergio has been an independent security researcher and consultant since 2011 and will continue to work with his other clients in addition to his role at the foundation.
The Bitcoin Foundation has been in the news after its Executive Director Jon Matonis left his position earlier a couple of months ago. The organization has for long been trying to bring in the best talent available in the Bitcoin ecosystem, the name of Sergio Lerner is definitely going to be there as he is respected a lot for his capabilities.
Gavin Andresen says that Sergio is based in Buenos Aires, Argentina and if someone is heading to laBITconf2014 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, he can listen him giving a development update on December 7. According to Gavin the organization now has four people working on the protocol as their primary occupation.
It’s Important to have a Dedicated Team
In his blog post Gavin Andresen says, “According to GitHub, that translates to 48% of all commits since Day 1. Wladimir van der Laan (also supported by Bitcoin Foundation) and I respectively contributed 2,274 and 1,077. That is the difference full-time makes. We couldn’t have done it without the valuable input and collaboration of many around the world.”
However, he says that when push comes to shove, the code has to be written, tested, rewritten, reviewed, re-tested… to get the picture. According to him people are busy; they have lives, families, careers and hobbies outside of Bitcoin and it’s unrealistic to put expectations of a full-time employee onto a volunteer.
Nonetheless, he admits that as more and more people come to rely on this protocol and businesses build products and services powered by Bitcoin, it becomes increasingly more important to have a dedicated team doing the painstaking work it requires.
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