Laurie Mercer

Laurie is a Solution Architect for Veracode. Coming from a background in software development, and later moving into security as a penetration tester, Laurie is most useful working with security and development teams. Laurie has worked with customers as diverse as Her Majesty the Queen and the Chinese government, in various roles involving software, security and education. He is currently focused on securing the world's software, one application at a time. Outside of work, Laurie likes to develop black and white photos, knows his way around the foot hills of the Himalayas and can milk a yak.
Posts by Laurie Mercer

Confessions of an Insecure Coder

September 11, 2017  | Managing AppSec

Confessions of an insecure coder.

My name is Laurie Mercer, and I have introduced a security vulnerability into software. The year was 2004. As I travelled to work, Franz Ferdinand and The Killers blared on my cool new iPod. I was a developer, my first proper job after graduating with a degree in computer science and moving to the big city. Responsible for implementing functional changes, I would code new forms and business logic... READ MORE

Why Poring Through Lines of Code is Flinstonian: The Story of Fred the Code Reviewer

April 20, 2016  | Intro to AppSec

Fred arrives at his customer site with a brief job description, a name, address and telephone number. The job is a secure code reviewer. Secure code reviewers are often employed to try to find security weaknesses during or at the end of a development cycle. A security consultant, typically a penetration tester or secure coding expert, will look at the source code and try to find weaknesses... READ MORE

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