I’m Koen Van Impe and born in Antwerp, Belgium. I lived most of my life just outside Brussels. In 2005 I moved to the center of Bruges, or Brugge as it is called in Dutch.
My first go on computers was with a Commodore Vic-20, Commodore 64 and Commodore 128. In the early nighties I got my first Atari ST and I moved on (although I felt like a downgrade) to a real PC with DOS and GW-BASIC in 1992.
In 1998 I started working for a company that used both Foxpro for DOS and Visual Foxpro. Although Visual Foxpro ha(s)d many things in common with Visual Basic it was quite a pleasant environment to work with.
In 2000 I changed jobs and started working for the Flanders Government. They were using Visual Basic and MS Access. Fortunately, my job wasn’t only programming in Visual Basic. I maintained (together with my colleagues) the network (a bunch of Windows NT4 and 2000 servers with NT4 Workstations, some Linux and OpenBSD servers), I did some help-desk support, managed most stuff that had to do with the ‘internet’ (including building web-applications with Visual Interdev) and toke care of the ‘security’ of our network perimeters.
After a while I’ve started to get in touch with GNU/Linux. In october 2000 I’ve installed my first Red Hat 6.2.
Mid 2004 I switched jobs and I’m now working for the Belgian Research and Education Network (BELNET) as a member of the Computer Emergency Response Team. Since 2009 we started with the national Computer Emergency Response Team for Belgium (CERT.be)
Starting 1st of July 2016 I became a full time freelancer, doing all sorts of tasks related to CSIRT / CERT work (incident response, incident coordination, threat intelligence, vulnerability management and security best practices).