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ISO 5055 is the first ISO standard to measure software qualities such as security and reliability, with measures taken directly from internal, structural aspects of software rather than its operational behavior.

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The Cost of Poor Software Quality in the US: A 2020 Report

Operational software failures, poor quality legacy systems, and unsuccessful IT projects cost the U.S.
$2.08 trillion last year, which is 10% of the country's GDP.

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CISQ Standards

CISQ collaborates with the world's top software engineering experts to provide an open-source, freely available set of software coding standards, broken into four characteristics: Reliability, Security, Performance Efficiency, and Maintainability. CISQ software standards are free and available for anyone to use.

Software Sizing Standards

This standard is used to estimate the size of a software application or component to support cost estimating, progress tracking, and other software project management activities.

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ISO 5055

The new standard measures the internal, structural quality of software based on detecting and counting weaknesses in security, reliability, performance efficiency, and maintainability. These factors are critical to measuring how trustworthy, dependable, and resilient a software system will be.

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Technical Debt Standard

The Automated Technical Debt standard estimates the effort to correct all instances of the software weaknesses included in the CISQ code quality standards that remain in a software application's code at release. This estimate can be used to predict future corrective maintenance costs.

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Through Global Collaboration, CISQ Will:

  • Develop international standards to automate software quality measurement and to promote the development and sustainment of secure, reliable, and trustworthy software

  • Share insight to software standards development thought leadership, trend analysis and industry perspective

  • Create cross-industry software quality weaknesses and definitions

  • Educate, evolve, and refine software standard deployment and adoption

  • Provide definitive resources for CISQ community members

  • Advise software standard benchmarking for industry leaders in modernization

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