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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 AndroidTM 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 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 is now available.

July 2016: The 2016 CERT Secure Coding Symposium is scheduled for September 8, 2016 in Arlington, VA.

July 2016: Spring 2016 Edition of the newsletter is published

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

February 2016: Certificate Programs for Secure Coding in Java and C/C++ are launched

Secure Coding Newsletter

The Spring 2016 Edition of the newsletter was published on 1 July 2016.

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

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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