IEEE Security & Privacy, March/April 2009, pp.87–90

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The Real Cost of Software Errors

by Michael Zhivich and Robert K. Cunningham

Software is no longer creeping into every aspect of our lives—it's already there. In fact, failing to recognize just how much everything we do depends on software functioning correctly makes modern society vulnerable to software errors. Estimating the cost of these errors is difficult because the effects of a single critical system's failure can have profound consequences across various sectors of the economy.

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