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Feds, Oracle team up to boost security

Five federal agencies, in collaboration with the Center for Internet Security and Oracle Corp., tomorrow will announce a broad federal procurement initiative to improve software security. Under the initiative, software vendors will have to ensure that their software meets specific safe configuration requirements and that any fixes they provide to patch vulnerabilities are reliable and won’t compromise these configurations. The idea behind the initiative is to use the federal government’s purchasing power to make software vendors accept more responsibility for the security of their software, said Alan Paller, director of the SANS Institute, a Bethesda, Md.-based security research firm. Full Story

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