Software Security Is Improving: Veracode Report

We’re headed into the Thanksgiving holiday so let’s end on a positive note.  The press release for this Veracode report is headlined “73 Percent of Retail Applications Contain Security Flaws, but Only a Quarter Are Fixed” which is the type of clickbait that headline writers love.  But the report actually finds that security practices have improved in recent years.  It also finds much greater use of microservices architectures and open source libraries, which will make some tech geeks happy.


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Microsoft Lets Publishers Block Bing Chat Separately from Bing Search

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