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Defense Department drafts stronger software security rules

Stiffer requirements for the security of software purchased by the Defense Department should be in place by the end of next year, according to a department official. Defense, the Homeland Security Department and other federal entities are working actively this summer to develop a way to extend current software certification procedures to be able to exclude products and services or companies deemed too risky. Joe Jarzombek, a deputy director for software assurance at Defense’s networks and information integration office, said current certification focuses on ensuring that the products do what they were billed to do. Now they will look for bad actors associated with the product or company, secure business practices and an evaluation of the product. Full Story

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