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Global interest in software security, say (ISC)2

More than 100 IT professionals from 15 countries have applied to take part in the final development phase of

More than100 IT professionals from 15 countries have applied to take part in the final development phase of (ISC)2's secure software education programme.

WHord Tipton, executive director for (ISC)2 said, "The fact that we have received responses from somany countries underscores the notion that the problem of secure software is a truly global issue."

The Certified Secure Software Lifecycle Professional (CSSLP) education programme is aimed is at reducing the risk of security vulnerabilities in software applications.

The CSSLP also establishes best practices and validates an IT professional's competency in dealing with security issues in software development.

Subject areas include the software lifecycle, vulnerabilties, risk, information security fundamentals and compliance.

When the certification was announced in September, IT professionals who met certain qualification experience requirements were invited to apply for the first CSSLP programme and contribute to its final development.

Howard Schmidt, president of the Information Security Forum (ISF), said an initiative aimed at reducing security weaknesses in software is overdue.

"The time to act is now because new applications that lack basic security controls are being developed every day," he said.

The first CSSLP exam is scheduled for the end of June 2009.

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