Tuesday August 02, 2016

Know Software Security Before you Buy

You have to kind of like this idea (well I do anyway...), and Zatko brings chops to the model for sure. Would you install a software product on your box that got a C- grade for security and safety?

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Now Zatko and his wife, former National Security Agency mathematician Sarah Zatko, are developing what amounts to a Consumer Reports-style rating system for software.

The initiative, if it catches on, could lead to major changes in the business practices of some of the world’s largest software companies. It could also, he says, help deliver something that decades of the free market, the open-source movement, government commissions and well-paid lawyers have not: software that is consistently secure, or at least very expensive to compromise.