I had to run to the airport right after the talk, but I had the opportunity to sit through Josh Corman and David Rice’s SANS AppSec Summit 2010 keynote on Rugged Software this afternoon. (Full conference agenda here) This is good stuff and there is more information online at the Rugged Software website (http://www.ruggedsoftware.org/)
The Rugged Software Manifesto
I am rugged… and more importantly, my code is rugged.
I recognize that software has become a foundation of our modern world.
I recognize the awesome responsibility that comes with this foundational role.
I recognize that my code will be used in ways I cannot anticipate, in ways it was not designed, and for longer than it was ever intended.
I recognize that my code will be attacked by talented and persistent adversaries who threaten our physical, economic, and national security.
I recognize these things – and I choose to be rugged.
I am rugged because I refuse to be a source of vulnerability or weakness.
I am rugged because I assure my code will support its mission.
I am rugged because my code can face these challenges and persist in spite of them.
I am rugged, not because it is easy, but because it is necessary… and I am up for the challenge.
This is a great sentiment and I’m looking forward to seeing this movement develop further.
dan _at_ denimgroup.com