Empirical Research for Software Security: Foundations and Experience

Lotfi ben Othmane, Martin Gilje Jaatun, Edgar Weippl

December 4, 2017 by CRC Press
Reference - 302 Pages - 43 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781498776417 - CAT# K29729
Series: Series in Security, Privacy and Trust


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  • Presents the state of the art of the study of secure software
  • Offers a guide for using empirical research methods to study secure software challenges
  • Collects best practices of secure software engineering
  • Contributes to the developers’ awareness about the use of secure software engineering practices and tools
  • Features examples of applying data analytics in the context of secure software engineering


Developing secure software requires the integration of numerous methods and tools into the development process, and software design is based on shared expert knowledge, claims, and opinions. Empirical methods, including data analytics, allow extracting knowledge and insights from the data that organizations collect from their processes and tools, and from the opinions of the experts who practice these processes and methods. This book introduces the reader to the fundamentals of empirical research methods, and demonstrates how these methods can be used to hone a secure software development lifecycle based on empirical data and published best practices.