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Challenges in Building Secure Software

Summary: Effective software security, a primary concern of most organizations, must be designed into a software system. The risk and expense of dealing with problems after the fact means that education and awareness are critical. A proactive and preventive approach must replace the usual reactive response to software security. Several major initiatives are researching software security issues, and software testing certifications such as that of the International Software Testing Qualifications Board is also available. The authors point out some basic problems with programming for software security, offer suggestions, and direct the reader to the more important secure software initiatives.

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  • Topics: Risk Management
  • Keywords: Certification, Computer software, Education, Quality awareness, Security, Software, Software quality assurance (SQA)
  • Author: Howles, Trudy; McQuaid, Patricia A.
  • Journal: Software Quality Professional Magazine