Oracle: Market forces fail to make software secure

Summary:Builder@WWW2006: Oracle's chief security office says that the software market is so riddled with buggy software companies that 'you wouldn't get on a plane built by software developers'

Oracle's chief security officer has hit out at a software market in which "most software people are not trained to think in terms of safety, security and reliability", and instead are wedded to a culture of "patch, patch, patch" at a cost to industry of $59bn.

Speaking at the WWW2006 conference in Edinburgh on Thursday, Oracle's Mary-Ann Davidson also claimed that the British were particularly good at hacking as they have "the perfect temperament to be hackers — technically skilled, slightly disrespectful of authority and just a touch of criminal behaviour".

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Topics: Security


Colin has been a computer journalist for some 30 years having started in the business the same year that the IBM PC was launched, although the first piece he wrote was about computer audit. He was at one time editor of Computing magazine in London and prior to that held a number of editing jobs, including time spent at the late DEC Compu... Full Bio

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