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National Trustworthy Software Initiative to Be Based at Wmg's Cyber Security Center

By University of Warwick

September 15, 2014

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A new program at the University of Warwick will focus on enhancing the cybersecurity of everyday technologies and tools by helping to ensure the underlying software is more trustworthy.

Warwick Manufacturing Group's (WMG) Cyber Security Center will host the two-year program. A team from the Trustworthy Software Initiative (TSI), which is funded by the U.K. government, will work alongside researchers in the WMG Cyber Security Center.

Cyber Security Center director and professor Tim Watson notes the trend to embed software in everyday items is increasing. "However, there are concerns about the quality of the software that underpins all of this, and we have not seen significant improvements," he says.

Untrustworthy software is the root cause of many cybersecurity problems due to vulnerabilities linked to safety, reliability, availability, resiliency, and security, says TSI Knowledge Transfer director Tony Dyhouse. "There is a pressing need to address the quality and robustness of our software--to establish its trustworthiness," he says.

Dyhouse also notes TSI has "made a significant start in the U.K. by documenting, for first time, the overall principles for effective software trustworthiness in PAS 754:2014 Software trustworthiness--Governance and management--Specification."

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