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WE KNOW THE PAIN OF DEV VERSUS SECURITY

Secure Code Warrior® was co-founded by Pieter Danhieux and Matias Madou Ph.D., two globally recognized cyber security experts. Through their combined security experience as developers, researchers, trainers and consultants, Pieter and Matias had experienced the negative impact of insecure code and were frustrated by the industry's focus on simply finding vulnerabilities, rather than fixing or preventing them in the first place.

Both recognized that improving secure coding skills and outcomes would add a powerful layer of cyber protection for companies and would help them make better code, faster. Developers didn’t need to become security experts per se, but they could be empowered positively to be the first line of defense for their organization.

AN INNOVATIVE APPROACH TO SECURE CODING

The team pioneered an innovative approach to improving secure coding skills and outcomes that is simple, scalable and positive; and works for both Development and Application or Information Security groups. The team is driven by the knowledge that measurable improvements in security compliance, consistency and predictability will be matched by a better quality and speed of code writing. And that creates an environment in which everyone can enjoy spending more time building, and less time fixing!

Meet the Founders

Colin Wong

Director of Product Innovation, Chief Dragon Slayer and Co-Founder

Colin Wong

Colin has been here from the very beginning, working closely with the other Founders to create a Secure Code Warrior proof of concept, then shaping and refining that to full commercialisation based on feedback from our initial customers.
Joining us from many years at BAE Systems, as our Director of Product Innovation, Colin now spends his time looking to the future - identifying and defining new and innovative solutions that can drive market adoption, increase customer engagement, and beat the competition!

Fatemah Beydoun

Vice President, Customer Success and Operations, Chief Awesome and Co-Founder

Fatemah Beydoun

Fatemah Beydoun is a founding team member of Secure Code Warrior, having been an integral part of the company since 2014. Fatemah began her time at Secure Code Warrior as Chief Awesome and Regional Director of APAC between 2014 and 2018. Now as VP of Customer Success and Operations, Fatemah is responsible for turning Secure Code Warrior’s customers into its biggest advocates, improving Customer Success maturity, and leading the Customer Success teams globally.

Prior to Secure Code Warrior, Fatemah held security analyst, operations management, and national director roles at BAE Systems Applied Intelligence and the Australian Information Security Association (AISA), a not-for profit organisation which aims to improve Cyber Security in Australia at a Government, Industry and Community level. Fatemah holds a Bachelor of Science in Computing and Information Systems from Macquarie University.

Jaap Karan Singh

Secure Coding Evangelist, Chief Singh and Co-founder

Jaap Karan Singh

Jaap Karan Singh is a Secure Coding Evangelist, Chief Singh and co-founder of Secure Code Warrior. After security testing at BAE Systems in Australia, Jaap moved from hacking web applications to educating developers on how to protect their own applications.

Based in Sydney, Jaap has delivered training on software security concepts and run workshops at leading financial and telecommunications organisations around the world. He specialises in Javascript technologies such as HTML5, Node, Express and Mongo.

Matias Madou

Chief Technology Officer, Director, and Co-Founder

Matias Madou

Matias is a researcher and developer with more than 15 years of hands-on software security experience. He has developed solutions for companies such as HP Fortify and his own company Sensei Security. Over his career, Matias has led multiple application security research projects which have led to commercial products and boasts over 10 patents under his belt. When he is away from his desk, Matias has served as an instructor for advanced application security training courses and regularly speaks at global conferences including RSA Conference, Black Hat, DefCon, BSIMM, OWASP AppSec and BruCon. Matias holds a Ph.D. in Computer Engineering from Ghent University, where he studied application security through program obfuscation to hide the inner workings of an application.

Before I created my own company, I was helping to build tools that were quite good at finding vulnerabilities in code, but they didn’t give any context sensitive guidance or fix security problems. I wanted to build a solution that would help developers write secure code, that would guide them in real time when they are writing and help prevent them from introducing a problem and make it trivial to fix. Developers needed their own Sensei for secure coding.

Nathan Desmet

Principal Engineer, and Co-Founder

Nathan Desmet

Nathan is a Principal Engineer at Secure Code Warrior, where he gets to enjoy his passion for building world-class software applications that make an impact in the way developers build software with a focus on security. He was responsible for developing Sensei, a secure coding solution created to fix the fundamental flaws within the secure software development lifecycle, reaching far beyond simply finding inherent security issues in a codebase.

Prior to Secure Code Warrior, Nathan has worked for NVISO where he created the Cyber Security Challenge platform, the biggest computer security competition in Belgium. Nathan also co-founded Sensei Security, and founded Applix, a software consultancy firm. His clients include SMEs in the technology and legal sector.

Nathan graduated with a degree in Computer Science from the University of Howest Bruges, majoring in Computer and Cybercrime Professional.

Pieter Danhieux

Chief Executive Officer, Chairman, and Co-Founder

Pieter Danhieux

Pieter Danhieux is a globally recognised security expert, with over 12 years’ experience as a security consultant and 8 years as a Principal Instructor for SANS teaching offensive techniques on how to target and assess organisations, systems and individuals for security weaknesses. In 2016, he was recognised as one of the Coolest Tech people in Australia (Business Insider), awarded Cyber Security Professional of the Year (AISA - Australian Information Security Association) and holds GSE, CISSP, GCIH, GCFA, GSEC, GPEN, GWAPT, GCIA certifications.

Over a decade I saw the same secure coding mistakes being repeated and consultants like me were continually pointing out the problems, but no one was helping developers learn how to fix them, or not make those mistakes again. Learning about security needed to be more relevant and fun for developers and existing training tools were too boring and frankly, not accurate enough.

Meet the Leadership Team

Derek Wood

Vice President, Product

Derek Wood

As VP, Product, Derek Wood drives Secure Code Warrior's product strategy and roadmap in conjunction with his team of Product, Design and Data superstars! With recent spells at ANZ Bank, Deputy, QANTAS, and Tyro Payments, Derek has broad industry experience using agile, lean, & CCD/design thinking methods to identify key problems and deliver strategic product solutions.

He particularly enjoys communicating using stories & images as well as utilising story maps to visually prioritise product development to test & deliver real customer impact.

Fatemah Beydoun

Vice President, Customer Success and Operations, Chief Awesome and Co-Founder

Fatemah Beydoun

Fatemah Beydoun is a founding team member of Secure Code Warrior, having been an integral part of the company since 2014. Fatemah began her time at Secure Code Warrior as Chief Awesome and Regional Director of APAC between 2014 and 2018. Now as VP of Customer Success and Operations, Fatemah is responsible for turning Secure Code Warrior’s customers into its biggest advocates, improving Customer Success maturity, and leading the Customer Success teams globally.

Prior to Secure Code Warrior, Fatemah held security analyst, operations management, and national director roles at BAE Systems Applied Intelligence and the Australian Information Security Association (AISA), a not-for profit organisation which aims to improve Cyber Security in Australia at a Government, Industry and Community level. Fatemah holds a Bachelor of Science in Computing and Information Systems from Macquarie University.

Josh Graham

Vice President, Technology

Josh Graham

Josh Graham, VP, Technology, has 30 years experience in the software industry. He is a CTO, cloud computing expert, speaker, track host, and chair at conferences on SOA, enterprise architecture, agile software delivery, and technology innovation. He is a "modern enterprise architect"​, applying the principles of agile software development and software craftsmanship across architectural disciplines.

Josh has held leadership roles at influential startups and consultancies like mPort, Simple Machines, Canva, Atlassian, Hashrocket, and ThoughtWorks.

Josh is a member of the technical advisory board of Infrastructure NSW, co-organizes the annual AIT Workshop in Anguilla (f.k.a. speakerconf "The International Software Technology Summit"​), is the chair of YOW! Data and the CTO Summit, contributes to the Resource-oriented Client Architecture recommendations, and builds the "Smallest JVM containers in the world"™

Josh believes the software industry is a vehicle to help change the world to be a better place; that it is a field belonging to passionate, engaged, intellectual and ethical individuals; and that it is and should always remain accessible to those from all walks of life.

Matias Madou

Chief Technology Officer, Director, and Co-Founder

Matias Madou

Matias is a researcher and developer with more than 15 years of hands-on software security experience. He has developed solutions for companies such as HP Fortify and his own company Sensei Security. Over his career, Matias has led multiple application security research projects which have led to commercial products and boasts over 10 patents under his belt. When he is away from his desk, Matias has served as an instructor for advanced application security training courses and regularly speaks at global conferences including RSA Conference, Black Hat, DefCon, BSIMM, OWASP AppSec and BruCon. Matias holds a Ph.D. in Computer Engineering from Ghent University, where he studied application security through program obfuscation to hide the inner workings of an application.

Mike Tooke

Vice President, Finance

Mike Tooke

Mike Tooke is our Vice President, Finance and is responsible for all aspects of Finance & business operations for our global entities - shaping the policies, procedures and processes to provide the framework for ongoing growth.

Mike has worked for global consulting businesses gaining significant experience of rapid growth FinTech companies. Prior to joining Secure Code Warrior, Mike was Director, Financial Reporting and Control for FIS, a global business solutions organisation serving more than 20,000 clients and more than one million merchant locations in over 130 countries.

Nick Flude

Chief Marketing Officer

Nick Flude

Nick Flude is the Chief Marketing Officer of Secure Code Warrior, and is a passionate believer in the value that data driven and revenue focused Marketing can bring to an organisation. As CMO, Nick has overall accountability for the company’s global marketing strategy and execution, and leads and inspires a talented and motivated global marketing team located in APAC, EMEA and the USA.

Nick has over 20 years of B2B Marketing experience gained from a variety of positions with vendors, systems integrators, tech start-ups, and major Telcos within Australia and the UK. Prior to his appointment at Secure Code Warrior, Nick was Head of Marketing, A/NZ for NASDAQ listed company F5 Networks. Nick is known as having a ready grasp of new and emerging technologies, and rates highly on the unofficial 'marketing nerd' scale due to his passion for all things digital and tech related.

Nick is Fellow Certified Practising Marketer (FAMI CPM) of the Australian Marketing Institute, and in 1981, Nick set an athletics club record for both the under 15 boys long & triple jumps; records that stand to this day.

Pieter Danhieux

Chief Executive Officer, Chairman, and Co-Founder

Pieter Danhieux

Pieter Danhieux is a globally recognised security expert, with over 12 years’ experience as a security consultant and 8 years as a Principal Instructor for SANS teaching offensive techniques on how to target and assess organisations, systems and individuals for security weaknesses. In 2016, he was recognised as one of the Coolest Tech people in Australia (Business Insider), awarded Cyber Security Professional of the Year (AISA - Australian Information Security Association) and holds GSE, CISSP, GCIH, GCFA, GSEC, GPEN, GWAPT, GCIA certifications.

Rimonda Ohlsson

Director of People and Culture

Rimonda Ohlsson

Rimonda is Secure Code Warrior's Director of People and Culture.

With a career spanning across Digital, Financial Services, Government, and Energy & Resources industries, Rimonda thrives on purpose-led organisations and their people. Joining us from uno Home Loans where she was Head of People and Wellness, Rimonda is tasked with keeping our culture alive as we continue our hyper growth journey.

Meet the Board of Directors

David Campbell

Investment Director

David Campbell

David Campbell is a managing director in the Merchant Banking Division (MBD) of Goldman Sachs, focused on growth-stage technology companies. Prior to joining MBD, he held various roles within the Technology Division, including manager of systems infrastructure in Asia, manager of global storage, and manager of global infrastructure architecture and strategy. David joined Goldman Sachs in 1994 and was named technology fellow in 2002 and managing director in 2013.

Prior to joining the firm, David worked on super computer research and development in Japan, and operating system and real time system development in Australia.

David serves on the boards of AvePoint Inc., MetricStream Inc., Nasuni Corporation, ScienceLogic Inc., and Secure Code Warrior.

David earned a BSc in Electrical Engineering and a BA in Japanese, both from The University of Queensland, Australia.

Eddie Sheehy

Non-Executive Director

Eddie Sheehy

Eddie Sheehy is a tech entrepreneur, investor and director with a significant interest in security technology companies.

From 2006 - 2017 Eddie oversaw the commercialisation and global expansion of Nuix, from almost no customers or revenue and 2 developers to a profitable $100M+ business with 2000+ customers across the world. He guided the software’s growing functionality from digital forensics to legal discovery, investigation, cybersecurity, information governance and intelligence. Prior to Nuix Eddie held strategy, sales and CEO positions in London and Australia. Eddie holds a Bachelor of Commerce and Masters of Finance from University College Cork.

James Cameron

Board Observer

James Cameron

James Cameron is a Partner at Airtree Ventures, a venture capital firm that invests in world-class Australian entrepreneurs building exceptional companies of tomorrow. James is focused on growth/scale up stage companies, with personal inclinations towards enterprise software/SaaS, security, infrastructure/core tech and fintech (but with a very open mind!).

A Canberra boy at heart, James returned to Australia after 15 years living in the Valley and London, joining Airtree from a US fund called Accel, and before that was running a venture backed fintech startup called Bipsync in Palo Alto. AS well as Secure Code Warrior, James also works with DroneDeploy, Athena, dGraph, Prospa, 90 Seconds, A Cloud Guru, Whispli, Huddle, Paxata, and Inventia.

Jim Pflaging

Non-Executive Director

Jim Pflaging

Jim is the Managing Partner at Cynergy Partners in Menlo Park, California and has over 30 years of Silicon Valley experience, including 15 years as CEO of cyber security and data management companies. He has a proven track record of translating cyber security and related technology, policy, and market dynamics into competitive advantage.

Currently, Jim is a board director at several leading cyber security companies. Prior, he’s also served as a board director and investor at several other leading security firms in North America and Europe.

From 2012-2018, he was at The Chertoff Group where he was a Principal, member of the Operating Committee, and was responsible for the strategy practice and technology vertical at the firm.

Mourad Yesayan

Investment Director

Mourad Yesayan

Mourad is a Managing Director at Paladin Capital Group. He is an investment lead for the firm’s Cyber Fund, which focuses on investing in early stage companies in the US and Europe with solutions for cyber security and digital resilience. Mourad is currently actively involved in several of Paladin’s investments including Expel, RiskSense, Secure Code Warrior, Ursa, RiskLens, and previously worked with Unitrends (acquired by Insight Venture Partners).

Prior to joining Paladin in 2009, Mourad was VP of Finance and a corporate officer at a Nasdaq-listed leading industrial infrastructure company, where he led the build-out of the company’s financial planning and risk management functions during a period of rapid growth in operations and nearly tenfold increase in revenue to over $700 million. He also played a key role in structuring and negotiating over $500 million of equity and debt financing working with major institutional investors and a global lender syndicate. Prior to this, Mourad was a senior consultant at a boutique advisory firm focused on M&A, turnaround, and restructuring assignments for middle market clients. Mourad holds an MBA and BS in Finance from Fresno State University.

Sean Cunningham

Board Observer

Sean Cunningham

Sean Cunningham is Managing Director of ForgePoint Capital.

Sean is renowned as a top tier cybersecurity investor for over 18 years and has invested in 22 security startups during his career and led 16 to exit. He is well respected by entrepreneurs, co-investors, board members and go-to market partners and was cited as cited as one of the top cybersecurity investors by market analyst firm CB Insights. He is listed in their “Board of Directors: Who’s Who’s in Cybersecurity”. Prior to ForgePoint, Sean was focused on Cybersecurity investments with Intel Capital. Sean earned an MBA from Gonzaga University and is a huge Zag basketball fan.

Meet the Technical Advisory Board

Aaron Bedra

Technical Advisory Board Member

Aaron Bedra

Aaron Bedra is always exploring new and interesting ways to break and defend software. He is a Senior Software Engineer at DRW, where he works at the intersection of software, security, and business.

Aaron has served as a Chief Scientist, Chief Security Officer, Chief Technology Officer, and Principal Engineer/Architect. He has worked professionally on programming languages, most notably Clojure and ClojureScript. Aaron is the creator of Repsheet, an open source threat intelligence toolkit. He is the co-author of Programming Clojure, 2nd and 3rd Edition and a contributor to Functional Programming: A PragPub Anthology.

Dr. Brian Chess

Technical Advisory Board Member

Dr. Brian Chess

Brian Chess, Ph.D., was founder and Chief Scientist at Fortify Software. Brian holds a Ph.D. in computer engineering from the University of California, where he studied computer security and methods for identifying vulnerabilities in source code. He has been granted more than a dozen patents related to integrated circuit design, web-based applications, and computer security.

Dr. Chenxi Wang

Technical Advisory Board Member

Dr. Chenxi Wang

Chenxi Wang, Ph.D., is founder and managing general partner of Rain Capital Fund, LP, a cybersecurity-focused venture fund.

Dr. Wang also serves on the board of directors for MDU Resources Group (NYSE: MDU). Previously, Wang was the Chief Strategy Officer at Twistlock. Wang was the 2016 and 2017 program Co-Chair for Security and Privacy at the Grace Hopper Conference and named by SC Magazine as a 2016 Women of Influence. Wang built an illustrious career at Forrester Research, Intel Security and CipherCloud. Dr. Wang started her career as a professor at Carnegie Mellon University. She is a sought-after public speaker and a trusted advisor for IT executives. Wang holds a Ph.D. in computer science from the University of Virginia.

Dr. Gary McGraw

Technical Advisory Board Chairman

Dr. Gary McGraw

Gary McGraw is co-founder of the Berryville Institute of Machine Learning.

He is a globally recognized authority on software security and the author of eight best selling books on this topic. His titles include Software Security, Exploiting Software, Building Secure Software, Java Security, Exploiting Online Games, and 6 other books; and he is editor of the Addison-Wesley Software Security series. Dr. McGraw has also written over 100 peer-reviewed scientific publications.Gary serves on the Advisory Boards of Maxmyinterest, NTrepid, Ravenwhite, and Secure Code Warrior. He has also served as a Board member of Cigital and Codiscope (acquired by Synopsys) and as Advisor to Black Duck (acquired by Synopsys), Dasient (acquired by Twitter), Fortify Software (acquired by HP), and Invotas (acquired by FireEye).

Gary produced the monthly Silver Bullet Security Podcast for IEEE Security & Privacy magazine for thirteen years. His dual PhD is in Cognitive Science and Computer Science from Indiana University where he serves on the Dean’s Advisory Council for the School of Informatics, Computing, and Engineering.