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Do Software Engineers Encourage Bad Security Practices?

Apr 29, 2011, 08:04 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jamie Adams)

[ Thanks to Jamie Adams for this link. ]

"Software engineers sometimes enable or even encourage bad security practices. You might be saying, "How dare he say that!" It's not the technology that we've chosen or developed but rather those convenient features which continue to enable system administrators to do bad things.

"For example, electronic mail (email) is probably the primary means of notifying system administrators of problems or job completion. These emails might be notifying the system administrator that a backup job is complete, a system is down, or a system must be patched.

"Many vendor services such as a subscription to the Red Hat® Network will help system administrators manage their systems by sending a list of systems and the packages which need to be patched due to vulnerabilities."

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