Security is a key part of the open source Linux operating system that Red Hat delivers to its customers. Yet despite the fact that security is baked into the operating system, Red Hat doesn't currently have a separate security offering.

In a video interview, Red Hat CEO Jim Whitehurst discusses his views on security and the prospect of a Red Hat security product.

"There are specific security projects out there that we can certainly productize," Whitehurst said. "I'd never say never, but we have our hands full with what we're doing."

Even without a specific productized security offering, Whitehurst emphasized, Red Hat's primary job is making sure that it is delivering safe and secure open source code. Red Hat has a security response team that quickly deals with vulnerabilities and potential exploits.

"Security is absolutely job one for us," Whitehurst said.

Watch the full video interview with Red Hat CEO Jim Whitehurst below:

Sean Michael Kerner is a senior editor at eSecurityPlanet and InternetNews.com. Follow him on Twitter @TechJournalist.