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The Role of Architectural Risk Analysis in Software Security
2006-03-06 Privacy, Security 3 Comments
Developing of team generalists rather than a team of “specialists” seems to be in fashion in a lot of recent articles I read.
I like the idea myself, and believe it makes sense.
But how does it fit in with the management world’s ideals of outsourcing / offshoring to reduce costs?
The articles also encourage high levels of client involvement in the software development process.
Again, how does this fit in with the outsourcing / offshoring model?
The article quotes Fred P. Brooks several times. Then, it is probably a better idea to go read directly “The mythical man-month” by Brooks instead.
(not that the article is bad; it is quite good indeed but is nothing more than a collection of well-known facts)
The article talks about looking at all the different parts of the software. What parts would cause the most damage? Where are vulnerabilities most likely? That sort of deal. Sounds like a job for a cracker. At least a hacker. Are we at a point where we’re fighting fire with fire?