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Software industry admits new security rules might be needed

In a surprise shift, leading software companies acknowledge in a report to the Bush administration that government might need to force the U.S. technology industry to improve the security of America’s computer networks. The companies, including Microsoft Corp. and Computer Associates International Inc., said the Homeland Security Department “should examine whether tailored government action is necessary” to compel improvements in the design of computer software. The 250-page report containing that recommendation and dozens more was being released Thursday. It cautioned that government should require security improvements only when market forces fail. It also said businesses already are demanding software that is safer and more resilient to attacks. But the report said the most sensitive computer networks – such as those operating banks, telephone networks or water pipelines – “may require a greater level of security than the market will provide.” Full Story

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