By Topic

An ethical can of worms for software certifiers

Sign In

Cookies must be enabled to login.After enabling cookies , please use refresh or reload or ctrl+f5 on the browser for the login options.

Formats Non-Member Member
$31 $13
Learn how you can qualify for the best price for this item!
Become an IEEE Member or Subscribe to
IEEE Xplore for exclusive pricing!
close button

puzzle piece

IEEE membership options for an individual and IEEE Xplore subscriptions for an organization offer the most affordable access to essential journal articles, conference papers, standards, eBooks, and eLearning courses.

Learn more about:

IEEE membership

IEEE Xplore subscriptions

2 Author(s)
Miller, K. ; Illinois Univ., Springfield, IL, USA ; Voas, J.

Society and the software industry are well served if certifiers do their job ethically. Thus it behooves everyone to, as much as possible, create an environment that encourages ethical behavior while identifying and discouraging unethical behavior during software certification. If enough discerning customers shun low-quality, uncertified software, those products will be replaced by higher quality, certified software. This reasoning implies, however, that options exist; the continuing trend of companies absorbing or merging with other companies could result in a shrinking pool of developers, offering customers fewer and fewer software options. Reduced competition may also reduce the probability that software adhering to quality standards will be available in the marketplace. To avoid this fate, the software development industry must mature professionally. Society needs this maturity as computing and telecommunications become ubiquitous. Software professionals must demand ethical behavior of themselves and an ethical environment to work in. Software certifiers, properly supported, could became an important part of an ethical software development environment

Published in:

IT Professional  (Volume:1 ,  Issue: 5 )