Fri 26 May 2006
Colin Barker and Jonathan Bennett, Special to CNET News.com
Oracle’s security chief says the software industry is so riddled with buggy product makers that “you wouldn’t get on a plane built by software developers.”
Chief Security Officer Mary Ann Davidson has hit out at an industry in which “most software people are not trained to think in terms of safety, security and reliability.” Instead, they are wedded to a culture of “patch, patch, patch,” at a cost to businesses of $59 billion, she said.
“What if civil engineers built bridges the way developers write code?” she asked. “What would happen is that you would get the blue bridge of death appearing on your highway in the morning.”