Trustworthy Software Foundation

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The Trustworthy Software Foundation
Founded2016
TypeNot For Profit Foundation
FocusSoftware Development
Location
  • London, United Kingdom
OriginsTrustworthy Software Initiative (TSI)
Area served
Worldwide
MethodStandards and their Verification
Key people
Alastair Revell (Chairman)
Website www.tsfdn.org

The Trustworthy Software Foundation (TSFdn) [1] is a UK not-for-profit organisation, with stated aim of improving software.[ citation needed ]

Contents

History

TSFdn evolved from a number of previous activities:

Objectives

TSFdn primarily aims to provide a living backbone for signposting to diverse but often obscure sources of Good Practice, with a secondary objective to address other aspects of the 2009 Trustworthy Software Roadmap. [3]

Trustworthiness

TSI considers that there are five facets of trustworthiness:

This definition of trustworthiness is an extension of a widely used definition of dependability, [4] adding as a 5th Facet of Resilience based on the UK Government approach. [5]

Governance and Operation

TSFdn operates as a not-for-profit Company Limited by Guarantee, jointly owned by the subscriber organisations – UK professional bodies. [6]

It is based at the Cyber Security Centre of the University of Warwick, and is formally linked to a cross section of stakeholders through the Advisory Committee on Trustworthy Software (ACTS).

The Technical Lead remains Ian Bryant, the Technical Director of the predecessor TSI, and the Chair of the ACTS is Sir Edmund Burton KBE, [7] who was the President of the predecessor TSI.

Activities

Related Research Articles

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References

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  2. Protecting and promoting the UK in a digital world: 2 years on – Government Press Release, retrieved 12 December 2013
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  4. "Software Engineering", I Sommerville, (9th Edition Feb 2010), ISBN   978-0137053469
  5. CPNI: Security Minded Approach, retrieved 2017-04-20
  6. About TSFdn, retrieved 2017-04-20
  7. About TSFdn, retrieved 2017-04-20