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Oracle's Chief Security Officer Puts So-Called "Security Researchers" in Their Places

In a first-person article, Mary Ann Davidson, Oracle’s CSO, writes an account of the impact of so-called “security researchers” and evaluates whether or not these self-apppointed watchdogs are actually helping or hurting customers. Davidson’s conclusion: these “researchers” are a “problematic…

  • August 5, 2005

In a first-person article,
Mary Ann Davidson, Oracle’s CSO, writes an account of the impact of so-called “security researchers” and evaluates whether or not these self-apppointed watchdogs are actually helping or hurting customers.

Davidson’s conclusion: these “researchers” are a “problematic bunch,” frequently doing more harm than good, getting more credit than they deserve, and never doing the hard work of cleaning up the mess that they make.

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