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Should software security be part of quality?

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Software development friends: we need to talk. Our definition of high-quality software is broken, and it has been for a while. Most likely you knew this already, but we’ve all been busy and who has the time to make things more complex?

There’s a great opportunity here, but first we need to understand what’s not working and why.


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Start where you are with software security

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It’s the start of the year again. 

The decorations have been packed away, the team has returned from a well-deserved break, and we all share in the traditional New Year’s dream that this year will be quieter. The world never looks more hopeful than it does in January.

In the spirit of capitalizing on this short-lived optimism and starting 2023 with a renewed focus, I’m asking you to join me in making a change this year.


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SafeStack closes NZ $4 million funding round led by Blackbird

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To say that 2022 has been a big year for SafeStack is to undersell it.

It’s been a year where — as a company — our values and our mission have shone. We’ve finally found peace with being a little different, and instead of fighting it, we’ve embraced it.


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Introducing SafeStack’s Student Sponsorship program for secure development

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There’s a well-accepted truth in application security: the earlier in the software development process you consider cyber security, the more influence you can have on addressing any issues found. I believe the same to be true for when we give our engineering teams access to secure development education.


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SafeStack founder’s log: 3 May 2022

Captain’s log: [insert date here]

That’s how you’re supposed to start these things, right?

I promised myself I’d write more this year. And yet, it’s almost May and I haven’t written a word about my journey as a founder. So let’s start today.

We’ve recently started the new financial year. It’s going to be a big one.


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Free online masterclass: Security for unicorn farmers

Earlier this month, we held a special online masterclass, targeted specifically at investors and stakeholders in high growth companies. The aim of this masterclass was to share our playbook for supporting cyber security in high growth companies.


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Winning an iSANZ Award and what awards mean to SafeStack

A couple of Thursdays ago, the SafeStack team spent the night celebrating. It was a strange night, really.

Six months earlier, we’d entered the iSANZ Awards, pitching ourselves as the Best Security Company of the Year and SafeStack Academy as the Best New Zealand Security Service or Product. That feels like a lifetime ago. The odd thing about awards is that once you do the hard work of submitting your entries, it’s easy to forget all about them.


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Why we’ve started an apprenticeship program

This week SafeStack welcomes three software development apprentices to our team. This is a huge moment for our tiny company and one I’m so very humbled to be able to share.


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SafeStack Academy’s 2021 year in review

I know I’m not the only one who feels like 2021 has somehow been the longest and shortest year of my life.

In some respects, the overwhelming presence of COVID-19 and the ongoing changes it’s brought to how we live our lives has created a sense of anxiety and stress that few of us have encountered before, let alone for an extended period.

Amongst all of this, however, this year has also been exceptional.


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