Important notice about SecAppDev 2020

Due to the current situation with COVID-19 (Corona), with deep regret, we feel bound to postpone SecAppDev 2020 indefinitely. While there have been no official instructions to postpone events such as ours or reduce travel, both attendees and speakers have informed us that they are unable to attend SecAppDev.

We hope everyone in SecAppDev stays healthy, and wish everyone the best for the coming months.

SecAppDev 2020 Lecture Details

Rust - A Language for the Next 40 Years

Carol Nichols
Friday March 13, 11:00 - 12:30
Short description

This session provides a high-level overview of the safety and stability of the Rust programming language in its historical context.


Learn what makes the programming language Rust a unique technology, such as the memory safety guarantees that enable more people to write performant systems-level code. Hear about how Rust Editions evolve the language and the compiler without breaking existing code. See who’s trusting Rust for critical products today. Join us on Rust’s journey to the future.

Key takeaway

Rust is a language attempting to solve several common software mistakes that often lead to security problems.

Content level


Target audience

People who have heard of Rust but are skeptical of anything claiming to be an alternative to C/C++


Familiarity with common sources of security problems in C and C++

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Carol Nichols

Carol Nichols

Co-founder, Integer 32

Carol is the co-author of The Rust Programming Language book and a member of the Rust core team. She's a co-founder of the world's first Rust-focused consultancy, Integer 32. She enjoys connecting folks by running the Rust Belt Rust Conference. She's interested in how we can improve our fundamental assumptions and tools as an industry to prevent causing harm to the people using the software we write.

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