Computer Society Recognizes Master of Software Assurance Curriculum

LOS ALAMITOS, Calif., 8 December, 2010 – The IEEE Computer Society has recognized the Master of Software Assurance (MSwA) Reference Curriculum as appropriate for a master’s program in software assurance.
This curriculum, which is sponsored by the US Department of Homeland Security, is the result of collaboration between researchers in the CERT Program at the Software Engineering Institute (SEI) and a team of educators from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Monmouth University, and Stevens Institute of Technology. It is designed to identify a core body of knowledge that educational institutions can use to develop MSwA degree programs
This formal recognition signifies to the educational community that the MSwA Reference Curriculum is suitable for creating graduate programs or tracks in software assurance. The IEEE Computer Society and its partner, the Association for Computing Machinery, have developed several computing curricula and are community leaders in curricula development.
The MSwA curriculum includes narrowly focused curriculum recommendations for software assurance—the first curriculum developed for this specific field. The MSwA Reference Curriculum document is available for downloading at
The SEI is a federally funded research and development center sponsored by the US Department of Defense and operated by Carnegie Mellon University. The institute helps organizations make measurable improvements in their software engineering capabilities by providing technical leadership to advance the practice of software engineering.
The CERT Program serves as a center of enterprise and network security research, analysis, and training within the SEI. For more information, visit the CERT website at and the SEI website at

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