Predicting Software Assurance Using Quality and Reliability Measures
January 2015 • Podcast
In this podcast, the authors discuss how a combination of software development and quality techniques can improve software security.
“The combination of good quality practices and a focus on defect removal as well as the vulnerability tracking tools, gives you the best approach that we’ve seen. We have seen five or six specific cases where this strategy has produced really outstanding results.”
Software Engineering Institute
Security vulnerabilities are defects that enable an external party to compromise a system. Our research indicates that improving software quality by reducing the number of errors also reduces the number of vulnerabilities and hence improves software security. Some portion of security vulnerabilities (maybe over half of them) are also quality defects. Can quality defect models that predict quality results be applied to security to predict security results? Simple defect models focus on an enumeration of development errors after they have occurred and do not relate directly to operational security vulnerabilities, except when the cause is quality related. In this podcast, Carol Woody and Bill Nichols discuss how a combination of software development and quality techniques can improve software security.
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