CSO magazine was kind enough to publish an opinion piece where I present a top-down view of the current state of web application security. I nervously expect a “spirited” flow of blog comments because it questions the value of certain best-practices and deeply held personal philosophies. Fortunately though our general public discourse has advanced a great deal recently and the community at large is a lot more informed of the challenges at hand. I pulled out a snippet to give a feel.
"It is unreasonable to expect publishers, enterprises and other site owners to restart and reprogram every website securely from scratch. Nor can we fix the hundreds of thousands (maybe millions) of custom Web application vulnerabilities one line at time. The very thought sounds insane to me. It would take too long (probably never finish), cost far too much (billions per year), and the bad guys are already ahead of us. Conservative estimates put the total annual IT security spend in the US at $50 billion and e-crime losses at $100 billion. We're losing two dollars for every dollar spent."