April Wright

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April C. Wright is a hacker, author, teacher, and community leader who has been breaking, making, fixing, and defending the security of global critical communications and connections for over 25 years. She is an international speaker and trainer, educating and advising on matters of privacy and information security with the goal of safeguarding the digital components we rely on every day. April has held roles on defensive, operational, adversarial, and development teams throughout her career and is currently a Senior Application Security Architect. Her book, “Fixing An Insecure Software Life Cycle” was published through O’Reilly, and she is currently writing a new book to be published by No Starch Press. She is a co-host for the SecurityWeekly family of webcasts. April has spoken and contributed to numerous worldwide security conferences (often during repeat appearances), including BlackHat on three continents, DEF CON on two continents, DerbyCon, GRRcon, Layer 8, Hack in Paris, DefCamp Romania, ITWeb South Africa. She has also presented for the US Government and industry organizations such as OWASP and ISSA. She has started multiple small businesses including a non-profit and a photography studio. April currently handles communications for the Official DEF CON Groups global community outreach, and in 2017 she co-founded the local Boston meetup “DC617”. April has collected dozens of certifications to add capital letters at the end of her name, almost died in Dracula’s secret staircase, and once read on The Onion that researchers at the University of North Carolina released a comprehensive report in 2014 confirming her status as the “most significant and interesting person currently inhabiting the earth”, and it was on ‘teh internet’ so it must be true.