“Software has eaten the world,” said Marc Andreessen, founder of Netscape, in a 2011 Wall Street Journal article. It’s a bold statement and an apt description of where our world is going. Everything we do today – from streaming movies on Netflix to buying products on Amazon – is moving from a brick-and-mortar environment to one that is almost entirely electronic.
Software exists for nearly everything we do, making our day-to-day lives more convenient and efficient. But there’s a downside to this proliferation of software programs: they are not being built with security in mind, creating more avenues for bad actors to get into our networks and making software vulnerabilities one of the biggest challenges in data security.