How to Talk to Your Manager About Memory Safety

No one likes flaws in software, especially when they allow attackers to compromise our systems. But we know how to get rid of an entire class of bugs: memory safety bugs. 

In October 2022, Consumer Reports hosted an online convening to discuss ways to encourage widespread adoption of code written in memory-safe languages. For this year’s Cybersecurity Awareness Month, we’ve teamed up with Internet Society to create a document that you can use to talk to your manager about memory safety.

The document, written by Christine Runnegar, Internet Society Senior Director, Internet Trust, and myself, defines memory safety and memory-safe languages, explains common memory safety bugs and vulnerabilities, and delves into the reasons for memory safe language adoption and use. It also answers some frequently asked questions about how to get started and why it’s worth the investment. Finally, we discuss other ways your organization can support memory safety.

Interested in learning how to talk to your manager about memory safety? Download the CR & Internet Society document

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