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US Homeland Security Helps Programmers Close Security Holes

The US Department of Homeland Security has released a new programme that is meant to secure the software used in critical infrastructures such as power grids. The new system is designed to protect such essential services from cyber attacks.

According to an article on The New York Times (opens in new tab), the new system released by the US government comes with a list of the top 25 programming errors that are most likely to be exploited by hackers.

The system also offers new tools that will allow programmers to locate and fix some of the most serious programming errors in order to make their software more secure.

The top 25 list has been compiled by non profit security organisations SANS and Mitre along with security experts from the United States and Europe. The government believes that if they are provided correct guidance, software programmers can help create a more secure online infrastructure.

Included in the top 25 list of programming errors are methods to protect a website from the infamous SQL injection attacks.

“We’re going after root cause issues. You can make your enterprise more resilient from the people who would attack you,” a senior Homeland department official told the New York Times.