Original URL: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2004/04/08/security_guide/

NCSP drafts secure code guidelines

Improving software development security

By John Leyden

Posted in Security, 8th April 2004 12:41 GMT

US security researchers, academics, software vendors and government officials have put their heads together to come up with a list of guidelines for improving software security.

The National Cyber Security Partnership (NCSP) Task Force says its preliminary recommendations are the fruits of the first in-depth look at improving security across the software development lifecycle. The review was an industry response to the publication last year of the White House's National Strategy to Secure Cyberspace.

The NCSP Task Force report makes four key recommendations:

The task force, Improving Security Across the Software Development Lifecycle was co-chaired by Scott Charney and Ron Moritz, chief security strategists at Microsoft and Computer Associates. Future efforts will focus on improving research, education, software development and the patches distribution process.

The NCSP is led by the Business Software Alliance, the Information Technology Association of America, TechNet and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in voluntary partnership with academicians, business leaders, federal government agencies, and industry experts. ®

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