People are calling 2014 the “Year of the Breach.” President Obama even focused on “cybersecurity” during his 2015 State of the Union address. I’m thrilled that security seems to have finally broken into the public consciousness. It’s a complex problem that requires an international effort, cooperation between public and private sectors, and careful consideration of the best path forward.
The mess we’re in
I’ve written before about the staggering complexity of application security in the modern enterprise. So it’s not too surprising that the level of insecurity has grown over the past 20 years due to automation’s breakneck speed. The infographic below gives a sense of just how large and complex our codebases are. But like other extremely complex issues, such as healthcare, climate change and education, government intervention is a delicate matter that may do more harm than good.