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Implementing the Software Assurance Curricula

  • These resources can help promote and implement the Software Assurance Curricula in academic programs or workforce development programs.
  • Publisher: Software Engineering Institute
  • To protect the complex software systems that we depend on for defense, government, energy, communication, transportation, manufacturing, and finance, we need skilled professionals who can build security and correct functionality into software and systems under development. Software assurance education is essential to meet this growing demand for skilled professionals, yet there are few graduate software assurance programs or tracks that focus on developing assured software.

    CERT researchers addressed this need by collaborating with a team of educators from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, (ISC)2, Stevens Institute of Technology, Monmouth University, and Union College to develop software assurance curricula.

    The curricula include materials for undergraduate and graduate level programs as well as materials for educators. These free materials can be incorporated into existing education programs or be used to develop new courses.

    Other resources are also included that can be helpful in promotion and implementing software assurance curricula.

  • Software Assurance Curriculum Project Volume I: Master of Software Assurance Reference Curriculum August 2010 Author(s): Nancy R. Mead, Julia H. Allen, Mark A. Ardis (Stevens Institute of Technology), Thomas B. Hilburn (Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University), Andrew J. Kornecki (Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University), Richard C. Linger (Oak Ridge National Laboratory), James McDonald (Monmouth University) In this report, the authors present a master of software assurance curriculum that educational institutions can use to create a degree program or track.
  • Software Assurance Curriculum Project Volume II: Undergraduate Course Outlines August 2010 Author(s): Nancy R. Mead, Thomas B. Hilburn (Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University), Richard C. Linger (Oak Ridge National Laboratory) In this report, the authors describe seven courses for an undergraduate curriculum specialization for software assurance.
  • Software Assurance Curriculum Project Volume III: Master of Software Assurance Course Syllabi March 2011 Author(s): Nancy R. Mead, Julia H. Allen, Mark A. Ardis (Stevens Institute of Technology), Thomas B. Hilburn (Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University), Andrew J. Kornecki (Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University), Richard C. Linger (Oak Ridge National Laboratory) In this report, the authors provide sample syllabi for the nine core courses in the Master of Software Assurance Reference Curriculum.
  • Software Assurance Curriculum Project Volume IV: Community College Education September 2011 Author(s): Nancy R. Mead, Elizabeth K. Hawthorne (Union County College), Mark A. Ardis (Stevens Institute of Technology) In this report, the authors focus on community college courses for software assurance.
  • Master of Software Engineering Curriculum Presentation to Faculty September 2017 Author(s): The Master of Software Engineering Curriculum is a presentation for getting buy-in for implementing a Master of Software Engineering Curriculum.
  • Software Assurance: A Master's Level Curriculum October 2010 Author(s): Nancy R. Mead, Thomas B. Hilburn (Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University), Richard C. Linger (Oak Ridge National Laboratory), Julia H. Allen In this podcast, participants explain how knowledge about software assurance is essential to ensure that complex systems function as intended.
  • Assured Software Development 1 (ASD1) Course May 2014 Author(s): This course covers the fundamentals of incorporating assurance practices, methods, and technologies into software development and acquisition lifecycle processes and models.
  • Assurance Management (AM) Course May 2014 Author(s): This course covers the fundamentals of software and system assurance management.
  • Software Assurance Competency Model March 2013 Author(s): Thomas B. Hilburn (Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University), Mark A. Ardis (Stevens Institute of Technology), Glenn Johnson ((ISC)2), Andrew J. Kornecki (Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University), Nancy R. Mead In this report, the authors describe a model that helps create a foundation for assessing and advancing the capability of software assurance professionals.
  • The Software Assurance Competency Model: A Roadmap to Enhance Individual Professional Capability May 2013 Author(s): Nancy R. Mead, Dan Shoemaker (University of Detroit Mercy) In this paper, the authors describe a software assurance competency model that can be used by professionals to improve their software assurance skills.
  • A Software Assurance Curriculum for Future Engineers September 2015 Author(s): Nancy R. Mead In this podcast, Nancy Mead discusses how, with support from the Department of Homeland Security, SEI researchers developed software assurance curricula and programs for graduate, undergraduate, and community colleges.
  • Software Assurance Curriculum Description January 2013 Author(s): This brochure describes an implementable curriculum that addresses assuring the functionality, dependability, and security of software and systems.
  • Software Assurance Curriculum Master Bibliography and Course References June 2011 Author(s): Julia H. Allen, Nancy R. Mead, Mark A. Ardis (Stevens Institute of Technology), Thomas B. Hilburn (Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University), Andrew J. Kornecki (Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University), Richard C. Linger (Oak Ridge National Laboratory) In this report, the authors provide the master bibliography that is used with the software assurance curriculum.
  • Workshop: How to Get Started in Software Assurance Education February 2010 Author(s): Nancy R. Mead, Dan Shoemaker (University of Detroit Mercy) In this workshop, software assurance education is introduced to faculty who are interested in adding these concepts to existing and new educational programs.
  • SQUARE Instructional Materials October 2013 Author(s): SQUARE instructional materials are designed for teaching the SQUARE method.
  • Software Security Engineering Course Material October 2012 Author(s): Nancy R. Mead This course focuses on fundamental concepts, methods, and practices for developing secure software systems.
  • Software Assurance for Executives Course Materials by Type February 2014 Author(s): This collection of videos and slide sets about software assurance for executives and managers can be viewed and downloaded by media type.
  • Software Assurance for Executives Course Materials by Topic February 2014 Author(s): These videos cover software assurance challenges and the resources and methods available for addressing software assurance in development and acquisition
  • Secure Software Management Course Material November 2010 Author(s): Dan Shoemaker (University of Detroit Mercy) This course teaches the fundamental organizing principles and control techniques delineated by the ISO/IEEE 12207 and the ISO 15288 standards.
  • Secure Software Design and Programming Course Materials September 2015 Author(s): David A. Wheeler (George Mason University) These course materials are for the Secure Software Design and Programming graduate course offered at George Mason University.
  • Static Analysis for Software Quality June 2011 Author(s): Jonathan Aldrich In this presentation, Jonathan Aldrich describes the benefits of static analysis technology and how it complements techniques like testing and inspection.
  • Engaging the Community: Strategies for Software Assurance Curricula Outreach March 2012 Author(s): Carol A. Sledge In this article, Carol Sledge describes strategies for encouraging computing educators to adopt software assurance curricula.