Alex Gaynor

Staff Software Engineer & Chief Information Security Officer

“Sufficiently advanced insecurity is indistinguishable from a honey pot.”

Alex Gaynor is an engineer based in Alloy’s Washington, D.C. office.

Alex is a software engineer with an emphasis on security. Before joining Alloy he was the tech lead for Firefox’s sandboxing efforts, and before that worked at the US Digital Service on veterans disability benefit appeals, refugee admissions, and putting out fires. Alex has a long history of involvement in the open source world -- he’s a core developer of numerous projects, including CPython, the Python Cryptographic Authority, an emeritus core developer to Django, and a member of the Rust Security Working Group. He previously served as a member of the board of directors of the Python and Django Software Foundations, and as a member of the Apache Software Foundation. He’s originally from Chicago and is more than happy to tell you why all pizzas should be at least 1.5 inches thick and 0-100°F is an appropriate temperature range for a city.

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