Friday, December 03, 2004

Former cybersecurity czar:
Code-checking tools needed

Computerworld story

"Software vendors need automated tools that look for bugs in their code, but it may be a decade before many of those tools are mature and widely used, said the former director of cybersecurity for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

Creating software assurance tools was one long-term focus of the DHS National Cybersecurity Division during Amit Yoran's tenure there, Yoran said today during the E-Gov Institute Homeland Security and Information Assurance Conferences in Washington.

About 95% of software bugs come from 19 'common, well-understood' programming mistakes, Yoran said, and his division pushed for automation tools that comb software code for those mistakes. "



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