Software security law call

    Date16 Jan 2002
    CategoryGovernment
    3499
    Posted ByAnthony Pell
    An influential body of researchers is calling on the US Government to draft laws that would punish software firms that do not do enough to make their products secure. The US National Academy of Sciences (NAS) has released drafts of a . . . An influential body of researchers is calling on the US Government to draft laws that would punish software firms that do not do enough to make their products secure. The US National Academy of Sciences (NAS) has released drafts of a report commissioned after 11 September to look at the state of America's computer systems.

    If the report is acted on the subsequent laws could hurt monopolies like Microsoft, which many say does not do enough to ensure its software is secure.

    Almost all of the serious virus outbreaks of the last two years can be traced to vulnerabilities in Microsoft products.

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