My name is Ferdinand Vroom and I am a OWASP Chapter Leader of the Netherlands Chapter.
I joined the OWASP Netherlands Chapter from it's inaugural meeting on the 17th of November 2005.
Some months later, I was asked to join the Chapter Board.
Within the Neherlands Chapter I fulfill communication, planning & logistics and budget tasks.
I enjoy OWASP because of the many projects and the diverse people working to reach common goals.
Geeky security stuff mixed with process and people on a mission to spread the web application security word.
Ferdinand started as a FoxPro developer in 1995, but soon wanted to assume other roles in the development lifecycle.
Working for KPMG Management Consultants as Knowledge & IT Expert gave him the opportunity to solve all kinds of IT, Knowledge Management and other Business and IT related issues.
The international part of his career started at Arthur D. Little, were he worked on many international projects in several countries like the US, UK, Germany, France, Italy, Spain and Belgium.
Internet technologies, specifically web, were always dominantly part of his daily work.
IBM products like Lotus Notes, WebSphere and AIX were his playground.
After starting work at Nationale- Nederlanden in 2000 as coordinator of the Internet Development team he focussed on the devlopment lifecycle within this large Insurance company.
Since 2005 Ferdinand acts as Security Officer and Security Architect. Responsible for Security related subjects in the Development Lifecycle and advising on Security related matters in projects.
Currently, Ferdinand works on Security aspects of the new Financial Services Architecture integrating security measures in Cloud based infrastructures.
Ferdinand regularly presents at industy events and seminars, like NLLUG, BLUG, BlackHat Sessions and Websphere Usergroups.
Previous Employers: IBM, TreeStar Automation, KPMG MC, Arthur D. Little
Ferdinand enjoys sailing, skiing and car mechanics.
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