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White House Eyes Software Product Security Ratings System

cyberThe White House is considering endorsing a cybersecurity ratings model developed by Peter Zatko’s Cyber Independent Testing Lab in an effort to help screen the safety level of software products, Nextgov reported Friday.

Aliya Sternstein writes the White House’s cyber commission looks to include the CITL rating system in the group’s recommendations to the next U.S. president in December.

The report said CITL is set to release the results of consumer safety tests the lab conducted on approximately 100,000 software applications in July as well as reveal preliminary ratings for those apps.

Kiersten Todt, executive director of the White House Commission on Enhancing National Cybersecurity, told a federal advisory board the lab’s rating regime will only show the risk level of software products instead of marking them as safe or cyber-proof, according to the publication.

Sternstein reports the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency awarded CITL a contract last fall to study how a new organization could screen the safety level of software and the lab is scheduled to complete the study by the end of 2016.

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