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All the way from Brisbane, Queensland, Cloudways is in conversation with Laravel security teacher Stephen Rees-Carter. Stephen is a security consultant who specializes in security audits for Laravel and PHP sites.
Along with being a security consultant Stephen also organizes different security workshops and training for development teams. These teachings are focused on developers to think like technical experts, to help them write secure code and identify weaknesses hackers may exploit. Stephen also speaks at security conferences and creates newsletters in his free time.
Shahzeb: Hello Stephen, thank you for taking the time out for this interview. Before we start, can you just tell us a little about yourself so our readers can get to know you better?
Stephen: Sure. My name is Stephen Rees-Carter and I live in Brisbane, Australia. I am a massive Tolkien fan – the Lord of the Rings movies are, in my opinion, the best movies ever made – and you’ll find Tolkien references in most of the things that I do.
I’ve been a developer since my high school added a “software design and development” class. I went to university, studied Software Engineering, and got my first job as a developer working with Zend Framework (1) at a local web host.
A friend hired me into their security product business 10 years ago, and that started me on a journey of learning and loving more about security. I’ve since spent a year cleaning hacked WordPress sites at Wordfence, completed two security certifications (Security+ & CEH), and just recently shifted from being a full-time developer to being a security consultant.
I launched my Laravel Security Audits and Penetration testing business at the start of the year and have spent a lot of my working hours since then reading other people’s code and trying to hack into their apps. It’s a lot of fun!
Shahzeb: Can you share your journey with Laravel? Any…
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