About Dr. Philippe De Ryck
Philippe De Ryck helps developers protect companies through better web security.
As the founder of Pragmatic Web Security, he travels the world to train developers on web security and security engineering. World-leading tech companies, financial institutions, and healthcare companies rely on Philippe to keep their developers up-to-date with the latest security best practices.
Philippe’s Ph.D. in web security from KU Leuven (Belgium) lies at the basis of his exceptional knowledge of the security landscape. During his Ph.D., he published a book titled “Primer on client-side web security”. He also built the university’s critically acclaimed online course on web security. After running a commercial web security training program for the university, Philippe has become an independent web security expert.
In 2018, Philippe was invited to join a select number of developers in the Google Developer Expert program. The Google Developer Expert title serves as a recognition for his community contributions on security in Angular applications.
In 2020, Philippe was invited to join a select number of ambassadors in the Auth0 Ambassador program. The Auth0 Ambassador title serves as a recognition for his community contributions on identity, authentication, and authorization.
Philippe is also a board member of SecAppDev.org, a non-profit aiming to improve the current state of practice in security engineering. Philippe is the main organizer of the yearly week-long SecAppDev course. Under Philippe’s leadership, the course has leveled up, drawing speakers and attendees from all over the world. In 2019, Philippe also launched the course's Inclusive Scholarship program.
About Pragmatic Web Security
Pragmatic Web Security is a company based in Belgium, delivering security knowledge to customers world-wide. Pragmatic Web Security is founded by Philippe De Ryck. While Philippe is the public face of the company, his work would not be possible without the numerous contributions from people behind the scenes. And of course, there is always room for growth.
As a brand, Pragmatic Web Security stands for delivering the highest quality of work. Every course, talk, discussion, or report focuses on transfering the most accurate security advice available. Practical examples of that advice can be found in these cheat sheets or recorded talks.
Philippe strongly believes in inspiring the community to move forward. As the founder of a successful company, he uses his company to represent the same core values. Pragmatic Web Security regularly organizes free workshops, covers travel expenses to speak at local events, and donates to important causes, such as the OWASP Foundation and Let's Encrypt.
While traveling is unevitable, Pragmatic Web Security ensures that all travel impact on the environment is offsetted through the Atmosfair program.