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Oracle will be voted off the island if it doesn't improve its patching process. There's just too much at stake. Fresh off a slew of security conferences, I am hearing one message loud and clear: Vendors are not meeting the needs of the user community. In a room of 300 users at a conference last year, more than two-thirds raised their hand when asked if they agree with the following statement: Vendors give me products I don't need, but the products I have don't deliver what I want. Don't underestimate your power. As security expert Marcus Ranum told attendees last fall at the Information Security Decisions conference, you wield more influence than you may realize. "Somehow, where vendors are concerned, you feel you have to eat what they serve you," Ranum said. "Look at the arguments against using open source. You say you don't use it because there's no one to sue. Well, when was the last time you sued Microsoft when they sold you a piece of crap?" You'll get to hear more of Ranum's opinions in our new Face-Off feature where, every quarter, he'll debate ... Access >>>
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