An antitrust antidote for software security

Monday, 12 April 2004, 11:07 AM EST

Congress should change U.S. antitrust laws to make it easier for businesses to pressure software vendors to improve the security of their products, according to a congressional advisory panel report released yesterday.

Under the proposal, certain industry sectors could set software security standards for their businesses. Vendors whose software fails meet those requirements would be barred from selling to those industries.

The idea is an attempt to find ways for the business community to protect critical infrastructures like the electricity grid and the banking, water and telecommunications networks from hackers and other online criminals.

By Brian Krebs at TechNewsWorld.

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