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NASA's Approach to Software AssuranceNASA defines software assurance as: the planned and systematic set of activities that ensure conformance of software life cycle processes and products to requirements, standards, and procedures via quality, safety, reliability, and independent verification and validation. NASA's implementation of this approach to the quality, safety, reliability, security and verification and validation of software is brought together in one discipline, software assurance. Organizationally, NASA has software assurance at each NASA center, a Software Assurance Manager at NASA Headquarters, a Software Assurance Technical Fellow (currently the same person as the SA Manager), and an Independent Verification and Validation Organization with its own facility. An umbrella risk mitigation strategy for safety and mission success assurance of NASA's software, software assurance covers a wide area and is better structured to address the dynamic changes in how software is developed, used, and managed, as well as it's increasingly complex functionality. Being flexible, risk based, and prepared for challenges in software at NASA is essential, especially as much of our software is unique for each mission.
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Document Type
Accepted Manuscript (Version with final changes)
Wetherholt, Martha
(NASA Headquarters Washington, DC United States)
Date Acquired
August 7, 2015
Publication Date
September 1, 2015
Publication Information
Publication: CrossTalk
Volume: 28
Issue: 5
Subject Category
Computer Programming And Software
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Distribution Limits
Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.
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