Security for developers, 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.
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.
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.