Frequently Asked Questions

What is We Hack Purple?

We are a Canadian company focused on helping anyone and everyone create secure software. We have formal online, on-demand courses, we offer live enterprise training, we are a professional learning community, we have a podcastnewsletterblog and LOTS of social media. We were founded by Tanya Janca, a great big security nerd.

What is application security (AppSec), and how can I learn it?

AppSec is anything you do to ensure that the software you are creating or protecting, is secure. Whether it’s a formal process, or it’s doing one-off efforts, all if it is YOU fighting the good fight. And we can definitely help you with this!

What is the We Hack Purple Community? Why should I join?

We are a group of security-minded professionals who want to network, share and connect in a safe and fun place. We have a platform for content sharing, exclusive content via email drip, groups and just the general platform newsfeed. It’s a place for you to find the answers you need to succeed in your career, plus a great way to meet amazing people.

What are your courses about?

AppSec, DevSecOps and Secure Coding! How to create secure software!

Do you have a mailing list?

Yes, we have TWO! You can join We Hack Purple’s newsletter here. If you want to join Tanya Janca’s newsletter, sign up here. The content occasionally overlaps, but rarely. You can count on Tanya’s newsletter being more silly and community-focused, arriving less-often.

How long will I have access to the courses that I bought from the We Hack Purple academy? Is there a deadline to finish?

Several of our Academy courses are also available for free in the Community. Some academy courses are free, and some are paid. All Courses in the community are free.

If you purchase a course from We Hack Purple Academy, you have 365 days to continue to access your courses inside the academy. After 1 year, you may or may not have access to courses you purchased from the academy, depending upon what We Hack Purple is up to at that moment.

That said, at any time you can take most of our courses for free, in the community.

When can I receive my certification courses I took?

We only offer certifications for paid courses in the academy. If the course you took was free, or you took a course in the community, there is no certification. Only paid courses have certifications.

I’m trying to get into information security in general and I’m not sure how. Where do I start?

There’s no one ‘right’ answer to this question, but we will provide a whole bunch of suggestions in the following video.

What is #CyberMentoringMonday? How can I be involved? How can I be a good mentor? How can I make sure I’m being a good mentee?

If you want to find a professional mentor, each Monday on Twitter Tanya Janca runs a campaign called #CyberMentoringMonday. Every Monday you can tag her and she will retweet you, to try to help you find a mentor.

Follow these tips for best results:

* Make sure you have your direct messages (DMs) open so someone can message you.

* Make sure you use the #CyberMentoringMonday hashtag in your tweet, so that people can find you.

* Make sure you represent yourself well. Your tweet is your first impression, make a good one!

Tell me about Alice and Bob Learn Application Security, Tanya’s book. What level of knowledge do I need to read it? What does it cover? Tell me everything!

Alice and Bob Learn Application Security is a book for anyone in tech to learn about how to secure software. It’s especially beneficial for software developers and anyone who wants to work in application security, but it’s written assuming no security knowledge on the part of the reader. Watch the video for more details, visit the Alice and Bob Learn webpage, or watch our playlist on YouTube all about it! Or better yet, buy it!

Tanya is currently writing the next book in the series, Alice and Bob Learn Secure Coding.

Will Tanya Janca speak at our event?

Tanya does paid, live public speaking at private events. Her list of talks is available here. She also speaks at conferences and community events, usually for free, but her availability is limited. Please email us for details!

Are you willing to volunteer/just answer a few questions/review a blog post/have a zoom call/perform other unpaid work for me?

No. We receive requests constantly for free consulting and other unpaid work, and the answer is always no. We are a for-profit company, and we cannot provide free consulting, technical guidance, phone calls for you to ‘just pick Tanya’s brain for a few minutes’ or any other unpaid work. That said, we give a lot of stuff away for free on our social media, YouTube channel and our newsletter. If Tanya wants to add additional volunteering to her already full roster, she will reach out.

We Hack Purple tends to receive the same kinds of questions over and over, so we made this page to help you! If you still can’t find the answers you need, please email us!