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Ken Van Wyk speaker

Ken van Wyk

Washington DC, USA

25 years' of experience in IT security

Senior advisor, Ridge-Schmidt Cyber

Monthly columnist for Computerworld (2009-present)

Ken van Wyk is an internationally recognised information security expert.

Ken is currently a senior advisor with Ridge-Schmidt Cyber, which advises corporate and government leaders on developing and leading cyber-resilient organisations. He is an expert in computer security incident response and secure software development, and is the author of three books: “Enterprise Software Security” (2014), “Secure Coding” (2003), and “Incident Response” (2001).

In addition to providing consulting and training services through his company, KRvW Associates, LLC, he currently holds the following positions: Member of the Board of Directors and Steering Committee for non-profit organisation, FIRST.org, Inc.; Member of the Board of Directors for SecAppDev; and monthly columnist for Computerworld. Ken is also the project leader of the Open Web Application Security Project (OWASP) iGoat project, and is a Lehigh University distinguished engineering alumnus.

Ken has 25 years of experience as an IT Security practitioner in the commercial, academic, and military sectors. He has held executive and senior technologist positions at Tekmark, Para-Protect, Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC), the U.S. Department of Defense, Carnegie Mellon University, and Lehigh University.

At Carnegie Mellon University’s Software Engineering Institute, Ken was one of the founders of the Computer Emergency Response Team. A frequent speaker at technical conferences, he has presented tutorials and technical sessions CSI, ISF, USENIX, FIRST, AusCERT, and others.

Our Comment

"An authority on cybersecurity and secure software development, Ken's easy going communication style makes him very effective in helping senior management understand their security needs. His insightful and highly practical presentations are always peppered with pertinent anecdotes."

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