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Patching systems against the latest virus is a full-time job, and most corporations have heavier near-term problems facing them. The war between hackers and software is being fought on the front lines-in the users' trenches. But hunting down the "engineers" who write bad software won't win this war, at least not in the short run. With the best of intentions, development shops are trying to address bad software by learning secure coding practices. Application security tools are the most effective way your organization can protect itself today. Building more secure software is a goal, but it won't stop the virus that gets released tomorrow. It comes down to this: secure coding practices are not going to produce 100 percent bug-free software. Thus, application security tools should always play a part In your risk mitigation plan.
Date of Publication: Nov/Dec 2002