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About SafeStack

Founded in 2014 in New Zealand, SafeStack is the cyber security company behind SafeStack Academy.

We created SafeStack Academy — our community-centric online training platform — because we believe everyone has the right to be safe and secure online, and we want to make cyber security education achievable and accessible for organisations of all sizes.

By teaching software development teams to weave in security from idea to maintenance, as well as providing cyber security and privacy awareness training for the wider workforce, SafeStack Academy’s training programmes offer a comprehensive way of protecting people, systems, and data in an ever-changing world.

What our customers say about SafeStack Academy

“Using SafeStack Academy makes rolling out cyber security training so much easier. We know we’re getting high-quality content that’s relevant to what our team needs to know.”

“Having SafeStack Academy’s training in place leads to a safer company, stronger security of our products and customer data, and ultimately supports Trade Me’s position as one of our country’s most trusted brands.”

“We’re a lean, forward-focused startup, and our team needs to learn practical, useful, and up-to-date cyber security information — so SafeStack Academy’s high-quality, concise content works well for us.”

“Providing high-quality security training to our product teams is a cornerstone of our overall plan for creating a more secure product and software delivery lifecycle, and SafeStack Academy meets our needs perfectly.”

Our leadership team

Laura Bell

Laura Bell

Founder and CEO

With 20+ years 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.


We believe in cyber security for everyone, and working with our partners to reach more organisations helps make that a reality.

We’re looking for top-quality partners and channels to collaborate on bringing secure development, cyber security awareness, and privacy awareness skills to teams around the world.

Our referral and reselling options make it easy for SafeStack Academy to become part of your offering and provide valuable support for organisations in your market.

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