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The ethics of creating secure software

07
Sep
2018
The ethics of creating secure software

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Software development has shifted from simply a technical process to an exercise of social morality. In the same way crash testing became a mandated part of automotive manufacturing once cars became ubiquitous, security must become a part of the software development life cycle from the beginning.

As with vehicle safety, software security is often an added cost for organizations that have not yet implemented basic security hygiene. Some company leaders may be tempted to ignore the need for security, thus passing the cost and risk of insecure software on to consumers and the internet ecosystem at large. Similar to unsafe cars affecting more than just the car owner, insecure software can affect third parties through DDoS attacks and the provide the ability for attackers to use insecure computers to anonymize their activities.

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