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The CERT Software Assurance Framework

Podcast
In this podcast, Carol Woody and Christopher Alberts introduce the prototype Software Assurance Framework, a collection of cybersecurity practices that programs can apply across the acquisition lifecycle and supply chain.
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Software Engineering Institute

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Abstract

Software is a growing component of modern business- and mission-critical systems. As organizations become more dependent on software, security-related risks to their organizational missions also increase. Traditional security-engineering approaches rely on addressing security risks during the operation and maintenance of software-reliant systems. The costs required to control security risks increase significantly when organizations wait until systems are deployed to address those risks. Field experiences of technical staff at the SEI indicate that few programs currently implement effective cybersecurity practices early in the acquisition lifecycle. Recent Department of Defense directives are beginning to shift programs’ priorities regarding cybersecurity. As a result, researchers from the CERT Division of the SEI have started cataloging the cybersecurity practices needed to acquire, engineer, and field software-reliant systems that are acceptably secure. In this podcast, Carol Woody and Christopher Alberts introduce the prototype Software Assurance Framework (SAF), a collection of cybersecurity practices that programs can apply across the acquisition lifecycle and supply chain. The SAF can be used to assess an acquisition program’s current cybersecurity practices and chart a course for improvement, ultimately reducing the cybersecurity risk of deployed software-reliant systems.

About the Speaker

Carol Woody

Carol Woody

Dr. Carol Woody has been a senior member of the technical staff since 2001. Currently she is the technical manager for the Cyber Security Engineering (CSE) team, whose research focuses on meeting the challenges of cyber security in acquisition, system and software engineering.  CSE is building capabilities in defining, acquiring, …

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Christopher Alberts

Christopher J. Alberts

Christopher Alberts is a Principal Engineer/Senior Cybersecurity Analyst in the CERT® Division at the Software Engineering Institute.

Alberts leads applied research projects in software assurance and cybersecurity. He is currently leading two projects: Security Engineering Risk Analysis (SERA) and Software Assurance Framework (SAF). The SERA Method defines a systematic approach …

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