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This site supports the development of coding standards for commonly used programming languages such as C, C++, Java, and Perl, and the Android platform. These standards are developed through a broad-based community effort by members of the software development and software security communities.

For more information about this project and to see tips on how to contribute, please see the Development Guidelines.


Standards Development Area

The following development areas enable you to learn about and contribute to secure coding standards for commonly used programming languages C, C++, Java, and Perl. Contact us to comment on existing items, submit recommendations, or request privileges to directly edit content on this site.


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August 2017: The Summer 2017 Edition of the newsletter was published on 21 August 2017. 

April 2017: David Svoboda writes in the SEI Blog about the CERT C++ Secure Coding Guidelines.

March 2017: The SEI CERT C++ Coding Standard (2016 Edition) is released. 

March 2017: The Spring 2017 Edition of the newsletter was published on 27 March 2017. 

March 2017: Mark Sherman writes in the SEI Blog about Experiences Using IBM Watson in Software Assurance.

January 2017: Lori Flynn writes in the SEI Blog about Prioritizing Security Alerts: A DoD Case Study.

January 2017: Will Klieber writes in the SEI Blog about Automated Code Repair in the C Programming Language

November 2016: Will Klieber, Will Snavely, and David Svoboda each present at SecDev 2016.

September 2016: Aaron Ballman writes in the SEI Blog about newly developed rules for Secure Coding in C++11 and C++14 .

September 2016: David Svoboda presents Common Exploits and How to Prevent Them at the Secure Coding Symposium.

August 2016: Watch Bob Schiela and Mark Sherman talk about adopting Secure Coding on the  From Secure Coding to Secure Software webinar, recorded August 17.

August 2016: The Secure Coding in Java certificate program becomes available.

June 2016: The SEI CERT C Coding Standard (2016 Edition) is released.

Secure Coding Newsletter

The Secure Coding eNewsletter provides timely information about CERT secure coding standards.

The Summer 2017 Edition of the newsletter was published on 21 August 2017.

Bragging Points

The Top 10 Secure Coding Practices provides some language-independent recommendations.

The CERT Secure Coding Style Sheet provides guidance on writing about the Secure Coding Initiative.

Visit the the Secure Coding section of the CERT website for the latest publications written by the Secure Coding team.

Learn more about CERT Secure Coding Courses and the new Secure Coding Professional Certificate Program.

Contact Us

Contact us if you

  • have questions about the Secure Coding wiki
  • have recommendations for standards in development
  • want to request privileges to participate in standards development
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