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Code Craft by Pete Goodliffe

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Chapter 12. AN INSECURITY COMPLEX

Writing Secure Programs

Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature. . . . Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.

Helen Keller

Not so long ago, computer access was a scarce commodity. The world contained only a handful of machines, owned by a few organizations and accessed by small teams of highly trained personnel. In those days, computer security meant wearing the right lab coat and pass card to get past the guard on the door.

Fast-forward to today. We carry more computational power in our pockets than those operators ever dreamed of. Computers are plentiful and, more pertinently, highly connected.

The volume of data carried by computer systems is growing at a fantastic rate. We write programs ...

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