Security for developers, since 2005

Contact information

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Since 2005

Our first annual course in 2005 was unique in focusing on developing secure applications. Over the years, security has gained more mainstream attention, thus current practice is fortunately improving. Nonetheless, the SecAppDev course remains unique through combining academic research and leading edge industrial security practices.

SecAppDev anniversary reception

In 2014, we celebrated the 10th anniversary of SecAppDev, an accomplishment largely due to the volunteers driving the course.

Noteworthy contributions include Bart Preneel, Frank Piessens and Ken van Wyk, who all presented numerous years since 2005.

We are an NPO

The SecAppDev course is run by secappdev.org, a non-profit organization that aims to broaden security awareness in the development community and advance secure software engineering practices.

SecAppDev's revenue and expenditure can be viewed here.

Team

In 2004, Dirk Dussart and Johan Peeters, 2 IT consultants, were appalled at the poor software security they encountered in their daily practice. They turned to friends and colleagues in industry and universities to run a week-long course on developing secure software applications. Hence the first course took place in February 2005 and the partnership that formed between faculty members of KU Leuven, Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management and professional software developers grew into a non-profit organisation offering an annual internationally acclaimed course.

Today, the organising committee comprises several faculty members of KU Leuven, Bart Preneel, Frank Piessens, and Lieven Desmet, Georges Ataya from Solvay and several free-lance software security trainers and consultants, Jim Manico, Philippe De Ryck and Johan Peeters. Philippe De Ryck is course curator and Johan Peeters chairman.

Johan Peeters

Johan Peeters

Philippe De Ryck

Philippe De Ryck

Frank Piessens

Frank Piessens

Jim Manico

Jim Manico

Bart Preneel

Bart Preneel

Lieven Desmet

Lieven Desmet

Georges Ataya

Georges Ataya