Code Dx Appoints Cybersecurity Expert, Anita D’Amico, as CEO

by | Apr 8, 2015 | Media Coverage, Press Releases

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NORTHPORT, NY, April 8, 2015Code Dx, Inc., a provider of a robust suite of fast and affordable tools that help software developers and security analysts find, prioritize and visualize software vulnerabilities, today announced that it has been spun off by Secure Decisions.  The newly formed Code Dx, Inc. has appointed Anita D’Amico, Ph.D., founder of Secure Decisions, as CEO to lead the company in fulfilling the increasing demand for software security testing tools that help prevent hackers from exploiting weaknesses in software.

The Code Dx® technology was originally developed by Secure Decisions and was partially funded by DHS Science & Technology Cyber Security Directorate to help secure the nation’s software supply chain.  Secure Decisions has a history of successfully transitioning cybersecurity technologies from research into operational use.  Code Dx is its most recent transition success, bringing technology that offers an easy and affordable path to software assurance from the laboratory to the commercial marketplace.

“Most data breaches today can be traced back to weaknesses in software code, increasing the demand for solutions that will help to identify vulnerabilities,” said Dr. D’Amico.  “Since we released Code Dx just over a year ago, it has been steadily gaining the attention of industry and government organizations who need to find vulnerabilities in software before the attackers do.  We’ve had more than a 60 percent increase in downloads in the past six months compared to the prior six months.”

Code Dx brings together a collection of application security testing tools in one easy-to-use and affordable solution.  It consolidates and normalizes the software vulnerabilities found and provides visual analytics to help triage and prioritize those vulnerabilities for efficient remediation.

“I am confident that Anita will lead Code Dx to success, and establish it as the market leader in software vulnerability assessment tools,” said Frank Zinghini, CEO of Secure Decisions’ parent company Applied Visions, Inc.  “The market is ready for a new approach, one that makes this essential capability available to all developers and not just those able to afford the big, expensive tools available today.  Anita has the vision, drive, ability, and understanding of the market needed to achieve that.”

“Code Dx is poised to move into a leadership position in the fast growing software assurance sector of the cybersecurity industry,” said Steve Morgan, Code Dx board member, founder and CEO of Cybersecurity Ventures and publisher and Editor-In-Chief of the Cybersecurity 500.  “Code Dx has strong support from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, an emerging following from the software development community, several key technology alliances with SIEM vendors, and an impressive board of advisors.  For these and other reasons, we view Code Dx as one of the world’s hottest and most innovative cybersecurity companies.”

Anita D’Amico, Ph.D.

As CEO of Code Dx, Dr. D’Amico will oversee all the company’s R&D and product development.  She is both a human factors psychologist and a specialist in information security situational awareness.  She created the Secure Decisions division of Applied Visions, Inc. in 2000, to develop new technologies to enhance cyber situational awareness, and built it into a recognized leader in government-sponsored cybersecurity research.  She specializes in analyzing and understanding the decision-making process of cybersecurity professionals, including developers and security analysts, and creating new tools to make them more effective.  She brings a fresh, human-centered perspective to a field typically driven by technologists.  Her innovations have changed the way that cyber defenders protect critical national assets.  With Code Dx, she is changing the way those assets are created to make sure that security is built in from the start.

Prior to joining Applied Visions and creating its Secure Decisions division, she was the founder and head of the Information Warfare Team at Northrop Grumman.

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About Code Dx

Code Dx, Inc. is a provider of easy and affordable solutions to enable developers and security analysts to find vulnerabilities in software.  The core technology was originally built by Secure Decisions and partially funded by DHS Science & Technology to help secure the nation’s software supply chain.  For more information, please visit or contact Code Dx at (631) 759-3993 or via email at [email protected].

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