Build resilient systems at scale
May 27–29, 2015 • Santa Clara, CA
Laura Bell

Laura Bell
Founder and Lead Consultant, SafeStack

Website | @lady_nerd

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

An experienced conference speaker, trainer, and regular panel member, Laura has spoken at a range of events such as Kiwicon, Linux Conf AU, and Microsoft TechEd on the subjects of privacy, covert communications, agile security, and security mindset.

Laura is the founder of SafeStack, a specialist security training, development, and consultancy firm. She lives in Auckland, New Zealand with her husband and daughter.


9:35am–9:55am Thursday, 05/28/2015
Location: Mission City Ballroom
Laura Bell (SafeStack)
Average rating: ****.
(4.31, 64 ratings)
Sometimes the best way to build a resilient application is to repeatedly break it. What if building secure applications needs the same sort of destructive play? This talk explains why, to protect organizations and applications from modern security threats, we don’t just need to defend our applications--we need to destroy them first. Read more.
1:45pm–2:25pm Friday, 05/29/2015
Location: Ballroom CD
John Allspaw (Adaptive Capacity Labs), Christina Maslach (UC Berkeley), Amanda Folson (GitLab), Ryn Daniels (HashiCorp), Laura Bell (SafeStack), Vijay Gill (
Average rating: ****.
(4.58, 24 ratings)
The topic of burnout has become front of mind for many people in our industry due to recent events. The individual consequences are potentially very damaging, ranging from a lack of career advancement to severe mental health problems, and in a few rare cases, suicide. But the focus cannot simply be on individuals--pervasive organizational issues contribute most significantly to burnout. Read more.