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An Investigation of Security Conversations in Stack Overflow: Perceptions of Security and Community Involvement

Lopez, Tamara; Tun, Thein T.; Bandara, Arosha; Levine, Mark; Nuseibeh, Bashar and Sharp, Helen (2018). An Investigation of Security Conversations in Stack Overflow: Perceptions of Security and Community Involvement. In: SEAD '18 Proceedings of the 1st International Workshop on Security Awareness from Design to Deployment, ACM, New York pp. 26–32.

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Developers turn to Stack Overflow and other on-line sources to find solutions to security problems, but little is known about how they engage with and guide one another in these environments or the perceptions of software security this may encourage. This study joins recent calls to understand more about how developers use Internet sources to solve security problems. Using qualitative methods, a set of questions within the security channel of Stack Overflow were selected and examined for themes. Preliminary findings reveal more about this community of practitioners: who are the askers and commenters, how security questions are asked and how develop- ers frame technical information using social and experience-based perceptions of security.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item
Copyright Holders: 2018 ACM
ISBN: 1-4503-5727-X, 978-1-4503-5727-2
Project Funding Details:
Funded Project NameProject IDFunding Body
Motivating Jenny to write secure code: community and culture of codingNot SetNCSC National Cyber Security Centre
Extra Information: Held at the 40th International Conference on Software Engineering, May 27 - June 3, 2018
Keywords: secure software development; collaborative environments; empirical studies
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) > Computing and Communications
Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)
Research Group: Centre for Research in Computing (CRC)
Software Engineering and Design (SEAD)
Item ID: 54873
Depositing User: Arosha Bandara
Date Deposited: 08 May 2018 09:58
Last Modified: 25 Mar 2020 10:03
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