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Secure Software Development Practices for Generative AI and Dual-Use Foundation Models | NIST SP 800-218A Available for Comment
April 29, 2024

NIST has posted an initial public draft of NIST Special Publication (SP) 800-218A, Secure Software Development Practices for Generative AI and Dual-Use Foundation Models: An SSDF Community Profile, for public comment. 

This publication augments the secure software development practices and tasks defined in SP 800-218Secure Software Development Framework (SSDF) Version 1.1: Recommendations for Mitigating the Risk of Software Vulnerabilities. SP 800-218A adds practices, tasks, recommendations, considerations, notes, and informative references that are specific to AI model development throughout the software development life cycle.

These additions are documented in the form of an SSDF Community Profile to support Executive Order (EO) 14110, Safe, Secure, and Trustworthy Development and Use of Artificial Intelligence, which tasked NIST with “developing a companion resource to the [SSDF] to incorporate secure development practices for generative AI and for dual-use foundation models.” 

This Community Profile is intended to be useful to the producers of AI models, the producers of AI systems that use those models, and the acquirers of those AI systems. This Profile should be used in conjunction with SP 800-218.

NIST requests feedback on all parts of SP 800-218A. The public comment period is open through June 1, 2024. See the publication details for a copy of the draft and instructions for submitting comments.

NOTE: A call for patent claims is included on page iv of this draft. For additional information, see the Information Technology Laboratory (ITL) Patent Policy – Inclusion of Patents in ITL Publications.


Also see a Federal Register Notice and NIST news article for more info about this draft and the other NIST AI drafts that are posted for review and comment.

Federal Register Notice

Document Number: 2024-09824

Related Topics

Security and Privacy: acquisition, risk management

Technologies: artificial intelligence, software & firmware

Laws and Regulations: Executive Order 14110

Created April 26, 2024, Updated May 07, 2024