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A warranty of cyberworthiness

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It is argued that before customers will purchase and use new, expansive, and ubiquitous computing products, they want reliable assurances that the processing software will protect sensitive and confidential data entrusted to it. Unfortunately, if security warranties were to be added to a software license, they would appear too absolute and unlimited. Currently,software makers resist offering cybersecurity warranties, and will continue to do so if the only one they consider is the unattainable absolute security they can't, in good faith, cover with an unlimited warranty. But what if the warranty were something less ambitious, more immediately attainable, and more beneficial (for both customers and makers)? The article explores the possibilities of a written warranty that vouches for an applications capabilities to protect confidential information from unauthorized access from, or disclosure to, cyberspace, a warranty of cyberworthiness.

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Security & Privacy, IEEE  (Volume:2 ,  Issue: 2 )

Date of Publication:

Mar-Apr 2004

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