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'Rugged' Initiative Brings Secure Software Development to the Masses

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The Rugged Software Development Initiative (RSDI) was recently launched by security experts in an effort to ensure that the software writing process considers security from the very start. RSDI will encourage developers to create resilient software capable of withstanding attacks while performing its normal functions, says The 451 Group's Joshua Corman, who helped developed the initiative along with OWASP chair Jeff Williams and the Monterey Group's David Rice.

The developers describe RSDI as a value system for writing secure software, as opposed to a compliance program, and they hope to incorporate the tenets of rugged code development into computer science programs at universities. Unlike other security initiatives, RSDI does not include any new frameworks for secure coding. Instead, Corman says it will serve as an "on-ramp" for secure software development. He envisions the initiative leading to scenarios such as programmers voluntarily pledging to be Rugged software developers or developing an Underwriters Laboratory label for measuring a software's ruggedness.

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