To understand software compliance, you must start with software standards. Government and industry groups have issued many software standards to make software safe and secure for users. These standards help protect consumers from all sorts of harm, including identity theft and personal injury. They can cover every part of software development and deployment, from variable naming conventions to incident response protocols.
Software compliance refers to how well an application obeys the rules in a standard. Here’s where you can find the relationship between software quality and software compliance. If your application complies with software standards, it’s less likely to contain bugs, security weaknesses, and design flaws. And if it’s free of bugs, weaknesses, and flaws, it’s more likely to comply with a software standard.
But compliance doesn’t ensure quality, because no software standard addresses every aspect of software quality. Conversely, quality doesn’t translate to compliance. To achieve software compliance, you might also have to, for example, produce certain types of documentation or add security testing at more points in your software development life cycle.