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Why every software developer should also be a hacker

sec4dev: Conference and Bootcamp

From 25th to 27th February 2019, the Campus Gußhaus of the TU Vienna was transformed into a hotspot for regular exchange and further education on the subject of secure software development. The sec4dev-conference offers practice-oriented lectures, workshops and full-day boot camps in the areas of secure coding, secure operation, security testing and much more. Participants will have direct access to the knowledge and experience of security experts, software developers and software architects.

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People who have been involved in computer science since prehistoric times are always saying: “In the past, security was just firewalls, and that’s it“. And that’s probably true: If a computer has executed code, it has been protected by simply making it inaccessible to the rest of the world via a network.

As a software company, the topic of “security” has of course always been very important to us. As a technology leader in our industry, this topic will continue to be a major focus in the future. Therefore, it was a matter of course for us to participate in the 2-day event to extend our knowledge. Susanne and Christian represented our development department at the event and learned a lot of new interesting topics.

“Only the latest hacks are presented at the security conferences, the latest tools are presented at the software development conferences, but so far there has been nothing that connects these two areas,” says Thomas Konrad. A small team from SBA Research (Julia Pammer, Stephanie Jakoubi, Thomas Konrad and Yvonne Poul) has set up sec4dev , the first conference in Austria that combines these two areas.