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Interventions for Long Term Software Security: Creating a Lightweight Program of Assurance Techniques for Developers

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Interventions for Long Term Software Security : Creating a Lightweight Program of Assurance Techniques for Developers. / Weir, Charles; Becker, Ingolf; Noble, James; Blair, Lynne; Sasse, M. Angela; Rashid, Awais.

In: Software: practice and experience, Vol. 50, No. 3, 03.2020, p. 275-298.

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Weir, C, Becker, I, Noble, J, Blair, L, Sasse, MA & Rashid, A 2020, 'Interventions for Long Term Software Security: Creating a Lightweight Program of Assurance Techniques for Developers', Software: practice and experience, vol. 50, no. 3, pp. 275-298. https://doi.org/10.1002/spe.2774

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Weir, C., Becker, I., Noble, J., Blair, L., Sasse, M. A., & Rashid, A. (2020). Interventions for Long Term Software Security: Creating a Lightweight Program of Assurance Techniques for Developers. Software: practice and experience, 50(3), 275-298. https://doi.org/10.1002/spe.2774

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Weir C, Becker I, Noble J, Blair L, Sasse MA, Rashid A. Interventions for Long Term Software Security: Creating a Lightweight Program of Assurance Techniques for Developers. Software: practice and experience. 2020 Mar;50(3):275-298. https://doi.org/10.1002/spe.2774

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Weir, Charles ; Becker, Ingolf ; Noble, James ; Blair, Lynne ; Sasse, M. Angela ; Rashid, Awais. / Interventions for Long Term Software Security : Creating a Lightweight Program of Assurance Techniques for Developers. In: Software: practice and experience. 2020 ; Vol. 50, No. 3. pp. 275-298.

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