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A Profile of the Software Industry by Sandra A. Slaughter

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Chapter 7

Challenges, Opportunities, and Trends in the Software Industry

There are a number of important challenges, opportunities, and trends that are facing the software industry.

The chapter starts with the challenges of ensuring software security and privacy in the industry. Breaches of networks and databases to obtain sensitive customer information and the source code for popular software products are becoming all-too-common. Given the mission-critical applications of software, such attacks can have significant and wide-ranging consequences. There are also heightened concerns about protecting privacy, given the vulnerability of software firms to attacks and exploitation by criminal elements, increased pressures by governments to reveal ...

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