Let’s imagine you fork out for your absolute dream car. It is the latest model by your favorite automaker, has the best engine, incredible comfort features and an amazing sound. The vehicle is the sum of everything you have ever wanted. What’s more, yours will be the very first one sold in Germany.
Absolutely the real deal. Then the special day arrives. Finally, you can pick up your new car. Arriving at the showroom, you see it hidden beneath a bright red cloth. But when the friendly showroom salesman Mr. Miller whisks the cloth aside, you get the shock of a lifetime.
Your dream car for just under €80,000 doesn’t have doors or mirrors! And when you ask what’s going on, Mr. Miller responds: “The car’s brand new. The doors and mirrors will be built later. You can expect them to be ready in around two years.” Would you still take the car? I don’t think so, but that’s what the situation looks like in the software industry.
Every new development is rolled out as quickly as possible to keep up with the competition. This means that an increasing number of vulnerabilities enter the market at the same time. In its current report “The State of IT Security in Germany 2016”, the Federal Office for Information Security (BSI) outlined the growth rate in individual operating systems in the following chart: