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dc.contributor.authorNord, Robert L.
dc.contributor.authorOzkaya, Ipek
dc.contributor.authorShull, Forrest
dc.date2017-03
dc.date.accessioned2018-06-13T17:11:41Z
dc.date.available2018-06-13T17:11:41Z
dc.date.issued2017-03
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10945/58978
dc.description.abstractTechnical debt describes a universal software development phenomenon: "Quick and easy" design or implementation choices that linger in the system will cause ripple effects that make future changes more costly. Although DoD software sustainment organizations have routine practices to manage other kinds of software issues, such as defects and vulnerabilities, the same cannot be said for technical debt. In this work, we discuss the relationships among these three kinds of software anomalies and their impact on software assurance and sustainable development and delivery. Defects are directly linked to external quality, and vulnerabilities are linked to more specific security concerns, but technical debt concerns internal quality and has a significant economic impact on the cost of sustaining and evolving software systems. Emerging research results and industry input demonstrate there are clear distinctions that call for different detection and management methods for defects, vulnerabilities, and technical debt. We draw from concrete examples and experience to offer software development practices to improve the management of technical debt and its impact on security.en_US
dc.description.sponsorshipNaval Postgraduate School Acquisition Research Programen_US
dc.publisherMonterey, California. Naval Postgraduate Schoolen_US
dc.rightsThis publication is a work of the U.S. Government as defined in Title 17, United States Code, Section 101. Copyright protection is not available for this work in the United States.en_US
dc.titleSoftware Vulnerabilities, Defects, and Design Flaws: A Technical Debt Perspectiveen_US
dc.typePresentationen_US
dc.identifier.npsreportSYM-AM-17-099


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