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The series on software security concludes with a discussion of verification, validation, certification, and accreditation. These steps are essential to assure that we produced what the customer and stakeholders requested. In addition, checks are implemented to ensure that the software meets required security standards that are part of the CIA triad. Even after the software ships, it still must be maintained. This includes warranty support, pushing out updates and patches, and finally, defining an end of life pathway. This will be familiar if you still run an unsupported version of Windows such as XP.