For general information about me, or to learn about my journey to where I am now, please check out my About Me page. My developer story on the Stack Overflow careers site has as more information about my past employment, and my GitHub profile includes my open source work. Alternatively, you can email me at [email protected] for a more formal resume.

Stephen Rees-Carter

Hi, I’m a senior developer, ethical hacker and international speaker from Brisbane, Australia. I specialise in PHP and Laravel development, as well as cyber security. I am the Technical Manager at WithExtraVeg, covering all technical duties, while speaking at events and working on blog posts and other security education avenues. I love diving into complex code challenges and finding new and creative ways to break applications. I’ve worked on small and large products, both as a developer and as a Technical Lead with strategic direction and planning, including designing and building the powerful multi-record assignments core of a large SaaS application.

Certified Ethical Hacker
CompTIA Security+ Certified logo

Qualifications & Certifications

EC-Council Certified Ethical Hacker (v10, 2020)

CompTIA Security+ Certified (SY0-501, 2019)

Bachelor of Engineering in Software Engineering (University of Canberra, 2007)
Winner of the Engineers Australia ITEE Student Presentation Awards Night 2007

Talks & Presentations


New Zealand PHP Conference



Technical Manager
March 2018 → Present


Defiant / Wordfence

Senior Developer
July 2018 → July 2021

Security Analyst
Jan 2017 → Jul 2018 (casual)

Award Force logo

Award Force

Technical Lead & Lead Security Analyst
August 2016 → July 2018

Senior Engineer
March 2015 → August 2016

Verve Ed — Casual Developer
February 2016 → May 2017

KiezelPay — Casual Developer
December 2015 → December 2016

InterSect Alliance International

Product Manager
June 2013 → February 2015

Software Engineer / Security Analyst
June 2012 → June 2013

Intersect Alliance

Uber Global / AussieHQ

Platform Engineer / Systems Developer
June 2008 → May 2012