Mend Together – Chicago

March 23rd, 6 pm
The Chesterfield Mayfair Hotel

If there’s something we’ve learned from the past few years, it’s that meeting in person isn’t something we should take for granted.

We are very excited to invite you to our first meetup in 2023:
Mend Together – Chicago!

Join us for a wonderful evening of educating content, great networking and of course – fine dining, with Chicago’s cyber security leaders, at the . 



6.00-6.30 pm
Gathering – champagne and canapés

6.30-7.15 pm
A fascinating session entitled “Releasing Secure Code” by Derek Fisher, Head of product security at a global fintech. Speaker, instructor, and author in Application Security.

7.15-9.30 pm
A delicious 3-course dinner 
accompanied by a selection of wines, champagne and more surprises, at.



Releasing Secure Code
When every company is a software company, maintaining secure code becomes critical to the survival of the organization. The news is full of companies that have lost the trust and faith of their customers due to a lack of secure software.
While most organizations will opt for an annual penetration test and periodic security scans, building a program that addresses security throughout the SDLC (software development life cycle) provides a more sustainable approach to secure software.
However, doing so requires people, processes, and technology working together to enable developers to feel confident that their code is free from vulnerabilities. This is the essence of an application security program and building software with confidence.

The invitation is personal.
Please don’t share it with other people. We have limited seats.
Please RSVP as soon as possible.

Derek Fisher – Head of product security at a global fintech. Speaker, instructor, and author in application security

Derek is an award-winning author of a children’s book series in cybersecurity as well as the author of “The Application Security Handbook.” He is a university instructor at Temple University where he teaches software development security to undergraduate and graduate students. He is a speaker on topics in the cybersecurity space and has led teams, large and small, at organizations in the healthcare and financial industries. He has built and matured information security teams as well as implemented organizational information security strategies to reduce the organizations risk.

Derek got his start in the hardware engineering space where he learned about designing circuits and building assemblies for commercial and military applications. He later pursued a computer science degree in order to advance a career in software development. This is where Derek was introduced to cybersecurity and soon caught the bug. He found a mentor to help him grow in cybersecurity and then pursued a graduate degree in the subject.

Since then Derek has worked in the product security space as an architect and leader. He has led teams to deliver more secure software in organizations from multiple industries. His focus has been to raise the security awareness of the engineering organization while maintaining a practice of secure code development, delivery, and operations.