Outsourced software brings fears for security

Monday, 6 January 2003, 2:36 PM EST

As U.S. companies increasingly move software development tasks out of their own offices to computer programming companies in the United States and abroad, new concerns are being raised about the security risks involved.

Some of these concerns over the practice, known as outsourcing, are being raised by people with an obvious self-interest - for example, programmers who have seen their livelihoods shift to less expensive operations overseas. But the question of whether the booming business in exporting high-tech jobs is heightening the risk of theft, sabotage or cyberterrorism from rogue programmers has also been raised in discussions at the White House, before Congress and in boardrooms.

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