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Geekonomics: The Real Cost of Insecure Software
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Geekonomics: The Real Cost of Insecure Software

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by David Rice
 

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ISBN-10: 0321477898

ISBN-13: 9780321477897

Pub. Date: 12/13/2007

Publisher: Addison-Wesley

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

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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 software vulnerabilities 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780321477897
Publisher:
Addison-Wesley
Publication date:
12/13/2007
Pages:
384
Product dimensions:
6.31(w) x 9.26(h) x 1.25(d)

Table of Contents

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 Forward: Rational Incentives for a Different Future 273

Epilogue 321

Notes 325

Index 341

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Geekonomics: The Real Cost of Insecure Software 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Thank you! A great, interesting, eye opening and entertaining read. Totally interesting way to look at cyber security, this book makes everything easy to understand, but fascinating at the same time. I'm gifting geeks and non-geeks alike with this book for the holidays.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Wow! Brilliantly written, clearly presented, and an eye opener as to the real role software plays in our everyday life. Awesome, interesting and 'spooky' true stories about the impact of what we all consider functioning software. It is a compelling read and Rice makes you question why the end user should be soley responsible for software gliches, vulnerbilities or other computer mishaps, be it for your bank's mandatory on-line service agreement or the software controlling our water supply. Whether you ultimately agree with the author's conclusions or not, the book certainly encourages you to think about everyday things more critically and not just accept the conventional and only way we use, rely on, buy, and create software. Glad I wrangled a pre-release copy! A must read!!