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.

SEI CERT C Coding Standard




CERT C++ Coding Standard

AndroidTM Secure Coding Standard 

SEI CERT Oracle Coding Standard for Java




SEI CERT Perl Coding Standard






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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

December 2015: Lori Flynn and Will Klieber publish an article about "Smartphone Security"

November 2015: A four-day course on "Secure Coding in Java" is released

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.

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 if you

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