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Snapshot: Top 25 Most Dangerous Software Errors

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From smartphone games and personal email accounts to international banking and hospital records, software is everywhere. It entertains, boosts efficiency, and even saves lives. Unfortunately, for every new program developed, there is likely a hacker ready to disrupt and exploit it. That’s why it is vital for software designers, developers, and cybersecurity experts to keep apprised of potential weaknesses that could cause substantial damage to their computer systems.

The Common Weakness Enumeration (CWE) list of the 25 most dangerous software errors is a compilation of the most frequent and critical errors that can lead to serious vulnerabilities in software. The Homeland Security Systems Engineering and Development Institute (HSSEDI), which is managed by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) and is operated by MITRE, recently updated the top 25 CWE list for the first time in eight years.

“This list is an important tool for improving cybersecurity resiliency,” said Scott Randels, Director of S&T’s Federally-Funded Research and Development Centers, which manages HSSEDI. “I’m excited about our ongoing collaboration with HSSEDI and the vast mitigation potential of this product.”



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