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ComputerWorld: Gov't IT execs seek 'software accountability'

Oct 20, 1999, 19:05 (12 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Patrick Thibodeau)

"Federal agencies, which have begun spending millions to upgrade information security in response to a presidential directive, say protecting computer networks will also mean finding ways to hold software vendors accountable for the quality of their products.

John Gilligan, CIO of the U.S. Department of Energy, said users have to 'focus our attention' on better defining the expectations and enforcement of warranties for commercial software.

Vendors must 'provide products that will either be free from certain types of vulnerabilities or reliability problems or they will have financial liability,' said Gilligan, speaking today at the U.S. Department of Commerce's National Information Systems Security Conference."

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