MAR 09, 2022 | US
Industry’s Open Source Security Recs
POLITICO Morning Cybersecurity, March 9, 2022
By Eric Geller
The global software industry’s largest trade association wants Congress to require higher education institutions that receive federal funding to incorporate cybersecurity into any software development classes they offer. That’s one of the 12 “aggressive but achievable” recommendations in a letter that the trade group BSA sent Wednesday to Inglis and Anne Neuberger, the deputy national security adviser for cyber and emerging technology. BSA shared the letter exclusively with MC in advance of its release.
The details: If a college or university teaches coding and receives federal funds, they should have to provide “appropriate instruction on secure software development processes, secure capabilities, and secure lifecycle management,” BSA said. This recommendation — the only regulatory proposal in BSA’s letter — dovetails with the Biden administration’s emphasis on cyber education and workforce development, although it could face pushback from officials concerned about the optics of federal education mandates or the burdens of compliance, especially for smaller schools.
BSA | The Software Alliance (www.bsa.org) is the leading advocate for the global software industry before governments and in the international marketplace. Its members are among the world’s most innovative companies, creating software solutions that help businesses of all sizes in every part of the economy to modernize and grow.
With headquarters in Washington, DC, and operations in more than 30 countries, BSA pioneers compliance programs that promote legal software use and advocates for public policies that foster technology innovation and drive growth in the digital economy.