Christopher Van Der Made

Developer Advocate Security


Christopher is from Rotterdam, the Netherlands, and of both Dutch and American nationality. Christopher studied at the University of Amsterdam, majoring in Neuroscience with a Computer Science minor. He achieved his Masters in Information Sciences, and joined Cisco through the Graduate program. He was a Consulting Systems Engineer for 4 years in the Northern European security team. He is now Developer Advocate with focus on Security in Cisco DevNet. Christopher focusses on Cisco's security portfolio, and also on general cybersecurity topics. His main areas of expertise are Cisco SecureX, Cisco Umbrella, Cisco Secure Endpoint, Cisco Secure Malware Analytics, Cisco Application-First Security, Threat Hunting, SOC's and DevSecOps. He learned coding in C, but currently his favorite language is Python. He also very much likes to make use of orchestrators (like in SecureX or Zapier, etc.). He is always working on a new project. Learn more about Christopher's work on his Developer Advocate profile page.


June 13, 2022


Cisco SecureX Is Taking Over the DevNet Zone on Tuesday

Tuesday afternoon, June 14th at Cisco Live, the Cisco SecureX team will "take over" the DevNet Zone with sessions, interviews, demos, easy access to experts, and (most importantly) ice cream! Join us!

June 1, 2022


Get Ready for Shift-Left Security at CLUS

Responsibility for security checks and controls is moving to developers earlier in the code development pipeline. Check out the "shift-left" sessions and workshops coming to Cisco Live 2022, in-person... in-Vegas, or virtually.

April 21, 2022


How to make threat hunting feasible, Part I: Detection

From Developer to Operations: How your enterprise applications can be attacked, and how to guard against it.

April 26, 2022


Letter from Oslo: The NDC Security 2022 Conference

When you find yourself on a business trip and forget the code to your corporate AmEx, you know you haven’t been on the road for a while. NDC Security was a great way to get myself back into the conference configuration. I learned a lot at this show and had a great time giving two talks.

March 30, 2022


Securing Your Cloud-Native Application with Cisco App-First Security

Updated learning lab and sandbox lets you use Cisco's Application-First Security solution to gain visibility into application behavior and increase the effectiveness of security controls. You'll get your hands dirty with technologies including git, Kubernetes, GitLab, Docker, and AWS.

March 24, 2022


5 Python Security Traps You Need to Avoid

Learn about five common Python mistakes that can cause serious vulnerabilities in production applications, and how to avoid them.

December 15, 2021


What Is Log4j and Why Security Alerts Matter to DevSecOps Teams

Learn how a Cisco SecureX automation can alert security operations (DevSecOps) teams when a new critical impact security advisory is published from the Cisco Product Security Incident Response Team (PSIRT).

November 19, 2021


Secure Code Warriors – Final Battle Winners

Meet the three winners of the Secure Code Warrior tournament held during Cisco DevNet Create 2021.

October 29, 2021


Finding Cisco DevNet Elite Secure Code Warriors

Hear about the Secure Code Warrior Challenge at Cisco DevNet Create: how it went, the winners, and of course what happens next!