According to this piece in Federal Computer Week, the National Security Agency plans to create a government-funded research center devoted to “improving the security of commercial software.” The effort would include researchers at NSA and NIST, and researchers funded by DARPA, and the Department of Homeland Security.
From the article:
The quality and trustworthiness of commercial software has become a matter of increasing concern to NSA officials, who are responsible for the security of Defense Department and intelligence software. NSA officials anticipate that many companies on whose software DOD and intelligence users rely will be moving significant portions of their commercial software development overseas within a few years.
NSA officials cannot force companies to develop software a certain way, Wolf said, “but we would like to get them to a point where they are producing commercial products that meet the needs of our users.” About 95 percent of the agency’s desktop PCs run Microsoft’s Windows operating system, Wolf said.
Read the whole thing here.