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Software Assurance

Software is essential to the operation of the Nation’s critical infrastructure. Vulnerabilities in software can jeopardize intellectual property, consumer trust, and business operations and services. A broad spectrum of critical applications and infrastructure, from process control systems to commercial application products, depend on secure, reliable software. Software assurance (SwA) is the level of confidence that soft ware is free from vulnerabilities, either intentionally designed into the software or accidentally inserted at any time during its life cycle, and that the software functions in the intended manner.

The nation's critical infrastructure (energy, transportation, telecommunications, etc.), businesses, and services are extensively and increasingly controlled and enabled by software. Vulnerabilities in that software put those resources at risk. The risk is compounded by software size and complexity, the use of software produced by unvetted suppliers, and the interdependence of software systems. Software assurance deals with the root of the problem by improving software security.

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