G’day, I’m Jakob Pennington, and I help development teams build secure software.

I have an obsession for learning, and I aspire to share what I learn with others. Professionally, I share my time between software development, cybersecurity, and where the two disciplines intersect: application security.

Background

My career has led to application security for two key reasons:

  1. Early in my career, as I was cutting teeth as a penetration tester, I realised that a pentest is far too late in the software lifecycle to start thinking about security. I wanted to help developers avoid introducing vulnerabilities in the first place, and to do that, I needed to get involved earlier in the SDLC.
  2. I am also a software developer, and enjoy coding far too much to give it up and focus purely on security.

My experience in both building and hacking software gives me a unique perspective, allowing me to not only find and fix security vulnerabilities, but to also integrate secure development practices to avoid similar vulnerabilities in future.

Work

I am a Principal Application Security Consultant at Taptu. My work (and by extension, much of the content in this blog) focusses on:

  • Penetration testing specialising in web, mobile, desktop and API security.
  • Providing application security expertise to software development teams.
  • Implementing secure development practices throughout the SDLC.
  • Designing and implementing secure cloud architectures.
  • Managing software release processes, incorporating security testing and secure configuration goodness.
  • Software development, primarily in TypeScript, C# and Python.
  • Authoring and delivering secure development training and education.

On the side

Professionally, but outside of my role at Taptu, I am also:

Other interests

My love of learning spans well beyond application security. I may write about my other hobbies and interests from time to time, including:

  • Running, cycling, health and well-being.
  • Productivity and self-improvement.
  • Video games, books and other media.
  • Woodworking and DIY.
  • Cooking.

Reach out

Thank you for visiting my blog. I hope you find something here that is entertaining, motivating or thought provoking.

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