My short review of “Geekonomics”, by David Rice.

Geekonomics: The Real Cost of Insecure Software — David Rice Geekonomics: The Real Cost of Insecure Software — David Rice

Insecure software has consequences: money loss, outages, users unable to use the software they paid for, or even deaths in some cases. And still, there are not many incentives for software development companies to secure their software. Instead, each new version comes with new (often useless) features that introduce new risks but push users to upgrade. And if they want to use an application, users have no choice but to accept terms of use that removes pretty much all liability from the software industry.

In this book, David Rice explains how laws have been passed and regulations have been used, in the automobile industry, to force makers to build safer cars, leading to a decrease in the number of deaths each year. Maybe this could give some pointers towards something that could be reproduced in the software industry?

25 The subject is interesting, which is why I bought this book, but I found it a bit long. It’s also been writen 10 years ago and might gain from an update – especially geared toward web applications, with a larger emphasis on data leaks and risks to privacy.

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