Secure Code Warrior turns 8: All aboard the rocket ship

Published Jan 27, 2023
by Pieter Danhieux
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Secure Code Warrior turns 8: All aboard the rocket ship

Published Jan 27, 2023
by Pieter Danhieux
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Birthday confetti and celebration
Birthday confetti and celebration

This week, we officially celebrate eight years of Secure Code Warrior. On the one hand, that’s 350 times the length of the Apollo 11 mission, as well as the equivalent of 45,000 games of football, or playing Super Mario Odyssey 5696 times to the end. On the other, it’s just one-thirtieth the lifespan of a Giant Tortoise (250 years, if you’re wondering). In the world of a high-growth startup, it represents a journey of many twists, turns, lessons, and accomplishments, many of which were unimaginable when we were first inking our business plan. 

Between the ever-present threat of recession, military conflict, and some of the most disruptive data breaches we have experienced to date, 2022 wasn’t the most positive year for many, myself included. It would be disingenuous for me to say it was anything but a grind to the finish line, but I remain proud of our resilience in the face of ongoing global challenges. We have an exceptional team, and each one of us is truly dedicated to driving success in enterprise security programs, by placing developers at the heart of a transformational, defensive approach to problems that have existed for a very long time.We have forged our own path and prevailed. While we might not be the only “gamified” cybersecurity education option on the planet, one thing is sure: nobody else has our vision, persistence, or our founding team, and we have been through a lot together.

The founding team laughing and posing for a silly photo.

Our birthday milestones are often utilized to reflect on key events from the past year, but this time, I want to highlight just how special it is that we have achieved such growth while retaining the same six people we crammed into a tiny office on day one.

We found our niche, and work together every day to execute a vision that we believe will change the way developers view their role in security. It’s a big job, but we haven’t forgotten our roots and the importance of our bond.

Balloons in the shape of "SCW 8" during the office birthday party.

We have a long road ahead, but with this core and a growing team of enthusiastic, empathetic, and dedicated individuals, I truly believe we can have a hand in changing the status quo of security in software development. 

And you know what makes me so confident? From the beginning, we placed emphasis on diversity and considered it a pillar of strength in the team. The best organizations are built with the contributions of people from varied backgrounds, cultures, and walks of life. We added over one hundred new people to the team in the past year, and I am proud to say we are a melting pot of approaches that culminate into a formidable, talented group of human beings that can launch us into the proverbial stratosphere. 

If the past three years have taught us anything, it’s to expect the unexpected, but the constant that I can rely upon is that we’ve got each other’s backs, and slowly, but surely, we’re helping make software safer. And we’re doing it without losing our sense of adventure.

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Pieter Danhieux

Pieter Danhieux is a globally recognized 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 organizations, systems and individuals for security weaknesses. In 2016, he was recognized 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.

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Secure Code Warrior turns 8: All aboard the rocket ship

Published Jan 22, 2024
By Pieter Danhieux

This week, we officially celebrate eight years of Secure Code Warrior. On the one hand, that’s 350 times the length of the Apollo 11 mission, as well as the equivalent of 45,000 games of football, or playing Super Mario Odyssey 5696 times to the end. On the other, it’s just one-thirtieth the lifespan of a Giant Tortoise (250 years, if you’re wondering). In the world of a high-growth startup, it represents a journey of many twists, turns, lessons, and accomplishments, many of which were unimaginable when we were first inking our business plan. 

Between the ever-present threat of recession, military conflict, and some of the most disruptive data breaches we have experienced to date, 2022 wasn’t the most positive year for many, myself included. It would be disingenuous for me to say it was anything but a grind to the finish line, but I remain proud of our resilience in the face of ongoing global challenges. We have an exceptional team, and each one of us is truly dedicated to driving success in enterprise security programs, by placing developers at the heart of a transformational, defensive approach to problems that have existed for a very long time.We have forged our own path and prevailed. While we might not be the only “gamified” cybersecurity education option on the planet, one thing is sure: nobody else has our vision, persistence, or our founding team, and we have been through a lot together.

The founding team laughing and posing for a silly photo.

Our birthday milestones are often utilized to reflect on key events from the past year, but this time, I want to highlight just how special it is that we have achieved such growth while retaining the same six people we crammed into a tiny office on day one.

We found our niche, and work together every day to execute a vision that we believe will change the way developers view their role in security. It’s a big job, but we haven’t forgotten our roots and the importance of our bond.

Balloons in the shape of "SCW 8" during the office birthday party.

We have a long road ahead, but with this core and a growing team of enthusiastic, empathetic, and dedicated individuals, I truly believe we can have a hand in changing the status quo of security in software development. 

And you know what makes me so confident? From the beginning, we placed emphasis on diversity and considered it a pillar of strength in the team. The best organizations are built with the contributions of people from varied backgrounds, cultures, and walks of life. We added over one hundred new people to the team in the past year, and I am proud to say we are a melting pot of approaches that culminate into a formidable, talented group of human beings that can launch us into the proverbial stratosphere. 

If the past three years have taught us anything, it’s to expect the unexpected, but the constant that I can rely upon is that we’ve got each other’s backs, and slowly, but surely, we’re helping make software safer. And we’re doing it without losing our sense of adventure.

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