Laura Bell


CEO Of SafeStack, co-author of “Agile Application Security”

Laura Bell likes building secure things and going really really fast, preferably at the same time.

A speaker at a range of events such as BlackHat USA, BlueHat Velocity and OSCON, on the subjects of privacy, covert communications, agile security, and security mindset, she is an author for O’Reilly (the people with the animal books) and trains people anywhere they stay still long enough.

She founded the most chaotic security company in New Zealand, SafeStack ( and now tries to bring security to some of the fasted moving application development environments on Earth.

You can find her at home in Auckland, New Zealand with her husband and daughter.


Agile Application Security: Enabling Security in a Continuous Delivery Pipeline

Recent Articles

SafeStack Blog

Security Tool Tricks Workers Into Spilling Company Secrets

10 Things I Learned About Security at Velocity

A Security Scanner for Human Vulnerabilities

Recent Interviews

Interview with Laura Bell, SafeStack


Codemania 2015: Laura Bell


AVA – Automated Human Vulnerability Scanning

Dfend – Simple Vulnerability Management

YOW! 2016 Melbourne

Simplicity, Complexity and Security


We no longer live in a world where we build our applications from scratch. We build amazing creations using the blocks provided by libraries, frameworks and components. We trust widely and openly. We share and collaborate.

We design architectures that combine simple single purpose entities into massive complex coupled systems.

Then we try to secure them. What could possibly go wrong?

In this talk we will explore how our approaches to development, architecture and trust change the security of our applications and environments. We will discuss the challenges of securing these systems and some of the practical steps we can take to bring simple security to complex systems.

Security, Agile, DevOps, Bootstrapping, Trust, Complexity