On 2 December, The TIC Council and CISQ (Consortium for Information & Software Quality) hosted an online event on "Software Certification: Why, How, and Next Steps".

Brussels/Washington, 8 December 2020When software development processes go wrong, this results in costs spiralling out of control. In North America, the cost of non-quality software for corporations alone is estimated by CISQ to be above a whopping $2.8 trillion. As we become increasingly connected and nearly every activity becomes digitized, meeting the safety, privacy and security expectations of users are fundamental. The TIC sector contributes to “security-by-design” approaches by manufacturers and provides testing, inspection and certification services for software, connected devices and services.

In the context of this ever more digital world, the webinar brought together high-level experts to explore the importance of testing and certifying software products to ensure quality functional safety, and cybersecurity. Speakers and participants exchanged on the state of software quality certification and the demand for these services.

The event saw a presentation from Dr. Bill Curtis, Executive Director of CISQ, on growing software related-issues referred to as the nine-digit glitch -representing the cost to industry from software errors, failures, and cybersecurity breaches. Matthias Haynl, Business Unit Manager for TUV Rheinland of North America, Inc. provided an overview of key standards such as IEC 61508-4 and its requirements related to the functional safety of systems.

2020 has seen a rapid acceleration of the already fast transition to digital. It’s key that products and services are reliable, safe and secure. To provide industry, governments and consumers with this confidence in quality and safe software products our sector is working ever more closely with industry and key partners such as CISQ to develop and deliver the most rigorous and effective testing inspection and certification of products”. said Hanane Taidi, TIC Council General Director

You can find the webinar recording by clicking the link here.


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Editor’s Note About TIC Council :

TIC Council is the global trade federation representing the independent third-party Testing, Inspection and Certification (TIC) industry which brings together more than 90-member companies and organizations from around the world to speak with one voice. Its members provide services across a wide range of sectors: consumer products, medical devices, petroleum, mining and metals, food, and agriculture among others. Through provision of these services, TIC Council members assure that not only regulatory requirements are met, but also that reliability, economic value, and sustainability are enhanced. TIC Council’s members are present in more than 160 countries and employ more than 300,000 people across the globe.