Oracle: Market forces fail to make software secure

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'

TOPICS: Security

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".

Read the rest of this story on Builder UK, ZDNet UK's site for developers.

Topic: Security


Colin Barker is based in London and is Senior Reporter for ZDNet. He has been writing about the IT business for some 30-plus years. He still enjoys it.

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