Cybersecurity Software products don't typically come with a Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval, but they will, if a public-private cybersecurity task force has its way.\n\nThis spring, the National Cyber Security Partnership Task Force on Technical Standards and Common Criteria published recommendations to reduce software security vulnerabilities\n\nA guiding ethos of the group was that the task of ensuring product security shouldn't fall entirely on the shoulders of software executives and CSOs. The government can use its purchasing power to force vendors to build better products, and to set industrywide standards for security.\n\nThe recommendations that the task force put forth are part of a larger effort to secure the U.S. critical information infrastructure. \n\nAmong the recommendations were the following:\n\nThe recommendations are intended to guide the decisions of software developers, purchasers and end users by making them more savvy about IT security.\n\nIn fact, task force leaders believe that the government's renewed focus on making common criteria certification a prerequisite for government procurement has already produced dramatic results in IT security. \n\n"This is just truth in advertising for software," says Mary Ann Davidson, CSO at Oracle and cochairwoman of the task force. "Every vendor says its product is secure. We need an independent entity to vet those claims."