[Owasp-education] Call to action: Software Assurance Course syllabus

vanderaj vanderaj vanderaj at owasp.org
Tue Jan 29 03:13:16 UTC 2013


The US Department of Homeland Security, along with the CMU SEI and ISC^2
and a few others have set out curricula for undergraduate and masters level
software assurance courses. These have been endorsed by the ACM and IEEE,
so from my point of view any further discussion within OWASP on
certification is done. We need to create a new generation of tertiary
qualified software assurance folks, and this is our chance.

Undergraduate of Software Assurance (SwA) Syllabus:
http://www.sei.cmu.edu/reports/10tr019.pdf

Masters of Software Assurance (SwA) Syllabus:
http://www.sei.cmu.edu/reports/10tr005.pdf

If you're a professional, you NEED to download and review this draft
software assurance competency model:
https://buildsecurityin.us-cert.gov/bsi/1165-BSI.html

I'm going to make sure the OWASP Developer Guide can be the preferred text
book for both courses, concentrating on the undergraduate
syllabus requirements as a priority, and hopefully having sufficient
coverage of the masters syllabus.

I'd like OWASP Education Project to develop training modules that provides
lecturer ready materials following the syllabus outline and process for
both the undergraduate and masters level courses.  We have a few donations
that could easily be incorporated into a freely available high quality deck
in relatively minimal time.

I'd really like the OWASP Testing Guide (and I have a fresh volunteer -
please let's talk!) to pick up the baton and just refactor a bit. The
Testing Guide is mostly there, it just needs a bit more structure and a bit
of renovation, not a root and branch rewrite like the Guide, and is closer
to my eventual goal of being able to be updated now and then when important
new techniques or attacks come up.

Thoughts? We're gonna need a lot of volunteers!

thanks,
Andrew
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