42. What is the Common Weakness Enumeration (CWE) and why are information security policies and procedures so important today, and do you offer comprehensive I.T. security documentation?
The Common Weakness Enumeration, according to http://cwe.mitre.org/, is essentially a platform that provides a unified and measurable set of software weaknesses for ultimately allowing a more effective and in-depth discussion, description, selection, and use of software security tools and services that can find weaknesses in source code and operational systems. Additionally, the CWE serves to also gain a greater appreciation and understanding of various software weaknesses related to architecture and design.
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The CWE, much like many other the Mitre (http://mitre.org/) sponsored platforms, is free to use, and provides highly relevant and useful information for today’s I.T. specialists seeking to gain a greater understanding about the broader field of information security and the security of systems.
As for the CWE itself, look upon it as a great resource for software developers and other security-minded I.T. professionals who want assurances that the software products they acquire and develop are free of known types of security flaws. And because these tools and services for finding security flaws and weaknesses in code are relatively new - and the question of which utility is better served for a particular job can be difficult to answer – the CWE was created to assist in addressing these issues.
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Software is being developed at a record pace these days – many of them for web-facing, Software as a Service (SaaS) platforms, thus the importance of platforms such as the CWE is quite evident. But what’s also important for today’s security conscious organizations is having in place comprehensive operational and information security policies and procedures. After all, these essential documents provide explicit guidance for critical activities relating to an organization’s daily operations and information security practices. Moreover, policies and procedures are often mandated for the ever-growing list of regulatory compliance laws, legislation, and industry directives being placed on businesses.
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