InfoWorld reports that Microsoft has decided to broaden access to its security practices for software development, shifting the licensing for its Security Development Lifecycle (SDL) documentation to the more accessible Creative Commons License. SDL is Microsoft’s blueprint for incorporating security into applications. It has been available under an exclusive Microsoft license. Microsoft hopes this more open licensing will encourage developers to build upon the SDL and incorporate security and privacy throughout software development lifecycle.
Sorely needed, kudos to Microsoft for realizing that guidance was required, and for finally taking action to improve the security of applications dependant upon their platform.