Tanya Janca

IANS Faculty

    Tanya Janca, also known as SheHacksPurple, is the author of 'Alice and Bob Learn Application Security'. She is also the founder of We Hack Purple, an online learning academy, community and podcast that revolves around teaching everyone to create secure software. Tanya has been coding and working in IT for over twenty years, won numerous awards, and has been everywhere from startups to public service to tech giants (Microsoft, Adobe, & Nokia). She has worn many hats; startup founder, pentester, CISO, AppSec Engineer, and software developer. She is an award-winning public speaker, active blogger & streamer and has delivered hundreds of talks and trainings on 6 continents. She values diversity, inclusion and kindness, which shines through in her countless initiatives.


    • Developing Application Security Programs
    • Secure Code and Design training for software developers
    • Creating and advising DevSecOps Pipelines and strategies
    • Web App Security testing (PenTests) and security Assessments
    • Cloud Security (Azure specialty)

    Achievements & Contributions

    • Founder: We Hack Purple (Academy, Community and Podcast), WoSEC International (Women of Security), OWASP DevSlop, OWASP Victoria, #CyberMentoringMonday
    • 2019 Hacker of the Year - CSWY Awards
    • CISO for 2015 Canadian General Election
    • 13.5 year’s service to the Canadian Public (Government)
    • Public Speaking Award - Algonquin College
    • Spoken and keynoted at security conferences, meetups and training events the world over
    • Currently authoring first book; Alice and Bob Learn Application Security

    Hobbies & Fun Facts

    Tanya is also a musician, has released 5 solo albums, plays guitar and drums and will sing karaoke any chance she gets.