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About SafeStack

Founded in 2014 in Auckland, New Zealand, SafeStack is a boutique cyber security company with a team that now stretches across New Zealand and Australia.

We created SafeStack Academy because we believe everyone has the right to be safe and secure online, and we want to make cyber security education achievable, affordable, and accessible for organisations of all sizes and budgets.

With our background in advisory services and in-person training for small businesses, growing companies, and development teams, we thrive on helping organisations manage their security risk without getting in the way of growth or innovation.

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Why do customers choose SafeStack?

We’re fearless

Security isn’t about making your organisation too scared to innovate — it’s about making you safe enough to be brave. Let us show you how to use security to enable innovation and growth.

We’re compliant

Compliance schemes like PCI DSS and SOC2 are a driver for security, not its reason to exist. We know this balance well. We can help you be compliant and push for measurable and sustainable security practices in your organisation.

We’re leaders

Organisations are evolving, and quickly. Security often requires compromise, tough decisions, and new ways of thinking. We make security understandable, practical, and human — so it works with your business, not against it.

Our team

Laura Bell

Laura Bell

Founder and CEO

With over a decade of experience in software development and information security, Laura specialises in bringing security survival skills, practices, and culture into fast paced organisations of every shape and size.

Laura founded SafeStack in 2014 to support security in fast growing organisations around the world.

She’s an experienced conference speaker, trainer, and regular panel member, and has spoken at a range of events such as BlackHat USA, Velocity, and OSCON on the subjects of privacy, covert communications, agile security, and security mindset.

She is also the co-author of Agile Application Security and Security for Everyone.

Erica Anderson

Erica Anderson

Chief Operating Officer

Having worked in most IT and tech roles, Erica can empathise with pretty much anything.

She’s been a consultant, engineer, tester, analyst, incident responder, and teacher, and has worked with all sorts of organisations, from small New Zealand businesses to global corporations. Being based in Wellington, Erica has also done her share of work in the public sector. She knows what it feels like to try and move fast while staying secure.

Aside from work and various speaking events, Erica loves causing general chaos in the New Zealand infosec community by running events like Kiwicon, Kawaiicon, BSides Wellington, and Code Club Aotearoa.

She is also the co-author of Security for Everyone.

Jigar Patel

Jigar Patel

Chief Technology Officer

Jigar is a software engineer who has worked with teams around the world and has found home in Aotearoa New Zealand.

Having worked in development, consulting, and technical leadership roles across multiple domains for over a decade, he understands what it takes to help teams deliver good software.

Jigar loves walking, cricket, astronomy, and is an avid gamer. You’ll often find him spending time with his family.

Christian Frichot

Christian Frichot

Principal Developer Advocate

Christian is an author, security researcher, and application security leader with over 15 years of security experience working in finance, resources, consulting, startups, and large tech companies in Australia and the San Francisco bay area. He loves the hacker community and connecting people together, and is passionate about the intersection of software and security.

He co-authored the Browser Hacker’s Handbook and has delivered technical security research at a number of Australian and international conferences, including DEFCON, Blackhat Arsenal,Kiwicon, BSides San Francisco, and OWASP APAC.

Christian loves music, board games, enjoying food and wine, and spending time with his daughter.

Maria Amparo

Amparo Ortiz Mira

Graphic Designer

Amparo is a graphic designer and illustrator originally from Spain and now based in New Zealand. She’s spent the last few years as a respected freelance artist and has recently moved into the commercial arena.

She likes SafeStack’s dynamic and creative environment, and enjoys working with the team to create fun and engaging online education content. Every day’s an adventure, and Amparo is happy to be on that journey with people who support each other every step of the way.

Amparo spends her free time reading and making amazing art.

Noush Isaac

Noush Isaac

Head of Marketing

Noush has followed her curiosity, heart, and enthusiasm for being useful through at least a couple of different careers, collecting experience across marketing, communications, content creation, brand, and design along the way.

What makes Noush tick is doing work that has a meaningful impact. She loves SafeStack’s commitment to cyber security for everyone and is glad to be a part of making that happen.

She is also 100% the person who will bore you with stories about her dog.

Rachel van der Merwe

Rachel van der Merwe

Product Owner, Security Awareness Training

Rachel is devoted to creating truly engaging, pragmatic, and enjoyable learning experience. Trained in instructional design, Rachel is the leader and product owner for our Security and Privacy Awareness programmes.

Building on years of experience in the South African banking industry, Rachel is now on a brave new adventure with SafeStack. She keeps in close contact with our learners and leaders to make sure the programme meets their needs while also being delivered in true SafeStack form.

Rachel lives with her family in Melbourne, and is a huge Geelong Cats fan.

Raquel Chavez-Nguyen

Raquel Chavez-Nguyen

Business Development Manager

With experience in SaaS solutions across media and the learning and development space, Raquel works with SafeStack’s customers to define their needs and requirements and connect them with the right folk, at the right time.

As a yoga teacher, she knows how important it is to create safe environments and empower communities, making her a natural fit for translating the value of a cyber security culture that includes and supports the wider workforce. Her work with technical teams has also given her a lens on secure development.

Raquel is keen to learn about your journey with security and share how SafeStack can weave in a few lessons. She’s proud to be part of the SafeStack crew and finds inspiration from her colleagues every day.

Maria Holic

Maria Holic

Marketing Content Creator

With over a decade of experience in creating and implementing marketing strategies across multiple industries worldwide, Maria has helped businesses drive outstanding results through smart marketing. She’s passionate about creating content that inspires and motivates audiences. 

Having worked in digital marketing for many years, Maria’s always understood the importance of cyber security. She loves working with the team at SafeStack to help businesses create positive change through sustainable cyber security practices. 

In her free time, you’ll find Maria skiing, cooking, spending time with her family, as well as helping women around the globe create and develop their personal brands.

Hamish Stobo

Hamish Stobo

Full Stack Software Engineer

Hamish loves working in teams to solve problems. With experience in freelancing and consulting, he’s an assertive individual with excellent communication skills.

Hamish is passionate about making a positive impact through his work and he’s delighted to be part of SafeStack’s journey to deliver achievable, affordable, and accessible cyber security education.

Outside of work, Hamish likes jogging, playing piano, and improv comedy. He also loves dad jokes — the more cringeworthy the better.

Carlee Laws

Carlee Laws

Programme Development Specialist

Originally from South Carolina, Carlee is a full-stack developer who brings a wide range of experience to SafeStack, including a bachelor’s degree in business administration.

As a cyber security enthusiast, Carlee loves working with SafeStack to help make security knowledge available to everyone.

She’s a big fan of building things, kayaking, spending time with her family, and anything involving animals.

Justin Nguyen

Justin Nguyen

Customer Success and Support Lead

Justin is a people-centric leader with over a decade of customer service experience. He’s led teams in various customer-focused industries, including retail, hospitality, and technology and is passionate about customer success, knowledge in SaaS startups, and scaling engaged remote teams. Having been a business owner himself, Justin has great empathy for the vital partnership between businesses and customers.

A creative and builder at heart, Justin has a keen eye for design principles and things that look great — design matters! Justin’s hobbies include videography, photography, and digital design. You’ll often find him capturing incredible moments with his camera.

Bronnie Bell

Bronnie Bell

Sales Development Representative

As a high achieving, exceptionally savvy sales professional, Bronnie is committed to forging new relationships with key prospects to grow our customer base. She’s spent the last 15 years in various business development roles, selling products on behalf of companies including Hewlett Packard, Symantec, and Microsoft.

While she spends her workdays on business development, Bronnie also enjoys designing Māori language inspired t-shirts and being a mum to her two young boys.

Gregor Potts

Gregor Potts

Sales Development Representative

Coming from a recent sales role, Gregor has previously worked as a technical specialist in IT and loves being involved in technical sales. He enjoys connecting with people and has a natural drive to help others.

Gregor loves music and performs with his band on weekends, both as a frontman and a harmonica specialist.

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