A group of over 40 organizations have joined together to develop standards for secure programming. The group, which calls itself the Secure Programming Council, released a draft of their first proposed standard aimed at Java and JavaEE developers. The group hopes the standard will serve as primary baseline for "software developers to demonstrate they have the skills and knowledge to write secure software." The standard, "Essential Skills for Secure Programmers Using Java/ JavaEE," is still in its draft stages and is available for public review on comments. The council intends to released similar drafts for other languages in the near future, including C++, Perl, PHP, and Microsoft .Net development languages. They've also created a set of tests that measure developer skills.