Security by numbers?

Tuesday, 10 December 2002, 11:52 AM EST

A recent Aberdeen Group report claims that open source is less secure than Windows. And how did they come to this profound conclusion?

Apparently, they counted the number of CERT advisories in the past couple of years and found more associated with open-source software than with Windows.

Unfortunately, that's like comparing the number of humans to ants and concluding that ants must be the dominant species due to their larger numbers. Simple numbers can yield incorrect conclusions when taken out of context.

So how can one do an intelligent comparison of security incidents?

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