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Reducing Software Flaws Key to Security, Users Say

Focus on vulnerabilities seen as most important part of national strategy. Of the five main priorities set forth in the National Strategy to Secure Cyberspace, users and security experts pointed to the goal of working to reduce software and Internet vulnerabilities as the one that could actually make a difference in the near term. Released Feb. 14 as part of the Bush administration’s multipronged effort to develop a program for reducing cyberspace security threats and vulnerabilities, the national strategy calls for a concerted effort across four major components of cyberspace: the key Internet protocols; digital control systems, such as those that manage the flow of electricity; software and hardware components; and physical infrastructure interdependencies. Many users and security experts acknowledged the need to improve critical protocols, such as the Domain Name System (DNS); the Border Gateway Protocol (BGP), which enables routing information to be exchanged between networks; and the current version of the Internet Protocol, which is now being migrated from IPv4 to IPv6 for improved security. But the majority of users who spoke with Computerworld last week remain convinced that the most pressing challenge is improving software security. Full Story

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