The Trustworthy Software Foundation (TSFdn) aims to collect, organise and share the wealth of knowledge, experience and capabilities that already exist in the UK public and private sectors and in academia about trustworthy software to give people a joined-up, curated view of the information that is available.
The Trustworthy Software Foundation’s mission is to :
The evolution of the TSFdn from the previous Trustworthy Software Initiative (TSI) reflects a continued commitment to promote the importance of Trustworthy Software in the United Kingdom.
In 2004 a study by the Cabinet Office identified a pervasive lack of secure software development practices as a matter for concern, subsequently supported by a Department of Trade and Industry Global Watch Report in 2006 which noted a lack of secure software development practices in the UK.
In 2007, the Technology Strategy Board’s Cyber Security Knowledge Transfer Network (CSKTN) formed a Special Interest Group on Secure Software Development which examined some of the potential causes.
The Trustworthy Software Foundation (TSFdn) operates as a not-for-profit Company Limited by Guarantee, with primary objective being to curate a Trustworthy Software Body of Knowledge (TS-BOK), to serve as a living backbone for signposting to diverse but often obscure sources of Good Practice, and a secondary objective to address other aspects of the 2009 Trustworthy Software Roadmap.
The Trustworthy Software Initiative (TSI), which was Trustworthy Software Foundation’s (TSFdn) predecessor, was funded out of the HM Government 1st National Cyber Security Programme (2011-2016), but always actively engaged with a cross section of stakeholders across various sectors encompassing the public and private sectors, and academia.
The TSFdn will continue to ensure that such a cross section of stakeholders is engaged with input to help define strategic direction again being provided by the Advisory Committee on Trustworthy Software (ACTS), Chaired by Prof Tim Watson, he took over the role in 2020 from his predecessor Sir Edmund Burton KBE.