Software Development

Cyber Director’s Preview of National Strategy Highlights Federal Software Procurement

The national cyber director also indicated plans to rely on feedback from members of the software industry who are working on recommendations for “streamlining” sector-specific regulations.

Trade Org Urges OMB to ‘Harmonize’ Secure Software Development Practices

The Information Technology Industry Council asked OMB to clarify a memorandum that was creating challenges for software producers.

Latest Guidance Outlines Customer Responsibilities for Software Security

The guide provides recommendations throughout the product lifecycle, from procurement to deployment.

CISA, NSA and Industry Outline Security Responsibilities of Software Suppliers

New guidance from the federal agencies—and major companies serving the government—tries to distinguish between the security duties of software developers, suppliers and consumers.

Agencies Shouldn’t 'Just Trust' Software Vendors' Security Assurances, IG Warns

NIST advisors debating the merits of OMB’s policy on software vendors’ “self-attestation” to secure development practices found common ground on a need for audits and testing.

Senators’ Plan to Secure Open Source Software Involves Agencies Using More of It

The discovery of exploitable weaknesses in Log4j is resurfacing a 6-year-old push to save taxpayers money by calling on agencies to embrace open-source code.

Bipartisan Senate Bill Aims to Safeguard Open Source Software

The Securing Open Source Software Act would task the Office of Management and Budget with issuing guidance around the secure usage of open source software and give new oversight responsibilities to the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency.

Industry Objections Spur Changes to Cybersecurity Provisions in Defense Bill  

Key members of the House and Senate are altering proposals for identifying systemically important critical infrastructure and securing the software supply chain.

OMB: New Acquisition Rule Coming for Vendors to Vouch for Their Software Security

Agencies are also allowed to accept to-do lists from vendors who need to keep working up to a point where they can self-attest their compliance with NIST guidance.

DOD Needs to Modernize its Software Architecture for Next-Gen Warfare, Report Says

A paper published by the Center for Strategic and International Studies calls for the U.S. military to modernize legacy warfighting systems in order to prepare for future conflicts.

Survey: Security Continues to be Major Factor for DevOps Platforms

Shifting left and other security measures are an important part of the development process and an increasing number of respondents are or intend to utilize this practice.

The Pentagon’s Plan to Speed Up Software Buying for Weapons Systems

The DOD’s dedicated software acquisition pathway is nearly two years old, and is already being used by a few dozen programs.

Data Gap Poses Risks for Launch Site of VA’s New Health Record

The commercial electronic health record system being introduced by the Department of Veterans Affairs is proving difficult and expensive to adapt to the agency’s data reporting requirements.

CISA Solicits Feedback on Finer Points of Coming Software Transparency Requirement

The agency has identified four topics—including considerations for cloud and online applications—it wants to hear more about from stakeholders. 

Federal CISO: Recommendations In to Acquisition Council for Software Procurement

Federal CISO Chris DeRusha says he doesn’t want to tie agencies’ hands regarding self attestation versus third-party verification of vendor practices.