secappdev.org is a non-profit organization that aims to broaden security awareness in the development community and advance secure software engineering practices. We run the SecAppDev series of courses. Katholieke Universiteit Leuven and Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management are founding partners and have been joined in 2012 by DCU and Trinity College Dublin.
When we ran our first annual course in 2005, emphasis was on awareness and security basics, but as the field matured and a thriving security training market developed, we felt it was not appropriate to compete as a non-profit organization. Our focus has hence shifted to providing a platform for leading-edge and experimental material from thought leaders in academia and industry. We look toward academics to provide research results that are ready to break into the mainstream and attract people with an industrial background to try out new content and formats.
We do not target security experts nor developers of security products, but rather developers whose main focus not being security, nonetheless need to be sufficiently security-savvy to deliver reliable applications. We are trying to plug the security blind spot of academic software engineering courses.
We believe that learning requires active engagement with the topic. We therefore promote interactivity, both in the classroom as well as outside - the courses are run in inspiring surroundings, an outstanding béguinage in Leuven and an historic university in Dublin, and we have a well-attended social program.
Experiential learning sessions, including hands-on sessions and simulations, have been a much appreciated addition of the last couple of years.