Geekonomics The Real Cost of Insecure Software

ISBN-10: 0321477898

ISBN-13: 9780321477897

Edition: 2008

Authors: David Rice

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"The clarity of David's argument and the strength of his conviction are truly inspiring. If you don't believe the world of software affects the world in which you live, you owe it to yourself to read this book." "-Lenny Zeltzer, SANS Institute faculty member and the New York Security Consulting Manager at Savvis, Inc." ""Geekonomics "stays with you long after you finish reading the book. You will reconsider every assumption you have had about software costs and benefits." "-Slava Frid, Gemini Systems, CTO, Resilience Technology Solutions" "Information Security is an issue that concerns governments, companies and, increasingly, citizens. Are the computer systems and software to which we entrust our sensitive and critical information, technologies that are out of control? David Rice has written an important and welcome book that goes to the heart of this issue, and points to solutions that society as a whole needs to debate and embrace." "-Nick Bleech, IT Security Director, Rolls-Royce"" " "If you are dependent upon software (and of course, all of us in the modern world are) this book is a fabulous discussion of how and why we should worry." "-Becky Bace" The Real Cost of Insecure Software - In 1996, software defects in a Boeing 757 caused a crash that killed 70 people... - In 2003, a software vulnerability helped cause the largest U.S. power outage in decades... - In 2004, known software weaknesses let a hacker invade T-Mobile, capturing everything from passwords to Paris Hilton's photos... - In 2005, 23,900 Toyota Priuses were recalled for software errors that could cause the cars to shut down at highway speeds... - In 2006 dubbed "The Year of Cybercrime," 7,000 softwarevulnerabilities were discovered that hackers could use to access private information... - In 2007, operatives in two nations brazenly exploited software vulnerabilities to cripple the infrastructure and steal trade secrets from other sovereign nations... Software has become crucial to the very survival of civilization. But badly written, insecure software is hurting people-and costing businesses and individuals billions of dollars every year. This must change. In "Geekonomics," David Rice shows how we can change it. Rice reveals why the software industry is rewarded for carelessness, and how we can revamp the industry's incentives to get the reliability and security we desperately need and deserve. You'll discover why the software industry still has shockingly little accountability-and what we must do to fix that. Brilliantly written, utterly compelling, and thoroughly realistic, "Geekonomics" is a long-overdue call to arms. Whether you're software user, decision maker, employee, or business owner this book will change your life...or even save it. The Alarming Cost of Insecure, Badly Written Software... and How to Finally Fix the Problem, Once and for All! Six billion crash test dummies: why you're at greater risk than you ever imagined. You pay the price: why consumers are legally and financially responsible for the mistakes of software manufacturers. Broken windows: how software promotes epidemic cyber crime and threatens national security. Who runs the show?: Why software manufacturers fought against the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's attempts to protect the U.S. blood supply. Protecting national infrastructure: real incentives for transforming software manufacturing. Survivingthe information superhighway: practical, must-read advice in a world of insecure code. Preface xiii Acknowledgments xix About the Author xx Chapter 1: The Foundation of Civilization 1 Chapter 2: Six Billion Crash Test Dummies: Irrational Innovation and Perverse Incentives 19 Chapter 3: The Power of Weaknesses: Broken Windows and National Security 73 Chapter 4: Myopic Oversight: Blinded by Speed, Baffled by Churn 131 Chapter 5: Absolute Immunity: You Couldn't Sue Us Even If You Wanted To 179 Chapter 6: Open Source Software: Free, But at What Cost? 243 Chapter 7: Moving
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Book details

List price: $29.99
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Addison Wesley Professional
Publication date: 11/29/2007
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 384
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.298
Language: English

Preface
Acknowledgments
About the Author
The Foundation of Civilization
Software and Cement
In the Shadow of Utility
Fragile Analogies
Six Billion Crash Test Dummies: Irrational Innovation and Perverse Incentives
The Story of Crash Test Dummies
Five Stars and Rising
You Can Learn a Lot From a Dummy
Private Benefits, Social Costs
Market Failure Martini, Straight Up
The Need for Speed
The Perversity of Patching
Irrationally New
Market Failure Martini, with a Twist of Lemon
Wrap Up: The Martini Hangover
The Power of Weaknesses: Broken Windows and National Security
Only the Stupid Are Caught
An Underground Market
Numbers Don't Always Measure
Fraud and Terror
Information's War
The Theory of Broken Windows
Broken Upon Receipt
Blind Risk
Enter the Dragons
Evil Inside
Fixing Broken Windows
Myopic Oversight: Blinded by Speed, Baffled by Churn
The Law of Churn, the Decree of Speed
Free Hands Have Consequences
X-Rays Show More Than You Think
Don't Slow Us Down, We Have Lives to Save
Discovered Only After the Damage Is Done
Knobs of Unknown Origin
We'll Be Compliant, Later
Speed Blind
You Can Learn a Lot From an Interstate Highway System
A Matter of Trust
One of Skill in the Art
Absolute Immunity: You Couldn't Sue Us Even If You Wanted To
The Forces of Failure
Absolution for Dereliction
Victims of a Border War
Duty, Breach, Cause, Damage
Teleporting Tigers
The Least-Cost Avoider
Negligence Versus Strict Liability
Stripping Immunity
Strict Liability and Aeronautical Charts
The Tort of Negligent Enablement of Cyber Crime
The Verdict
Open Source Software: Free, But at What Cost?
Open and Shut
The History of Free and Open
An Incentive to Itch
The Question of Sustainable Security
Distributed Immunity: No Body to Kick, No Soul to Condemn
Doffing the Wizard Hats
Moving Forward: Rational Incentives for a Different Future
Hands-off
An Inconvenient Tort
One Ring to Rule Them All
The Great Screw
A Market for Weakness
Closure
Epilogue
Notes
Index
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