Basic is better, new IT security report says

A coalition of public- and private-sector organizations earlier this month called on hardware and software vendors to pay more attention to basic security.

'The security-worthiness of software is essential to the protection of our nation's critical infrastructure,' said Mary Ann Davidson, Oracle Corp.'s chief security officer and co-chairwoman of the task force that produced the report. 'It is clear that to improve the security of deployed software, vendors are going to have to step up and provide customers with secure-by-default configurations.'

The report, which focuses on technical standards, is the final one in a series of reports from the National Cyber Security Partnership. To read the report, go to www.gcn.com and enter 234 in the GCN.com/search box.

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William Jackson is a Maryland-based freelance writer.

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