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Digital Defense, Inc. Names New Head of Research and Development

Digital Defense, Inc. (DDI) today announced that it has elevated Chief Security Architect, Mike Cotton, to a new role as Vice President of Research and Development.

“Mike has shown himself to be not only an important asset to DDI, but also to the industry as a whole,” says DDI CEO Larry Hurtado. “His work with DDI has already helped create a more secure digital environment for enterprises and organizations around the world.”

Since joining DDI in 2003, Cotton has played a vital role in developing DDI’s security assessment platform, auditing millions of systems a month. Cotton continues to lead DDI’s Vulnerability Research Team responsible for mining data to gather decisive intelligence and identifying zero-day issues, working to improve the security posture of organizations of all sizes and sectors. Cotton is recognized in industry circles for his expertise regarding a wide range of digital security issues, and recently presented at RSA 2014 revealing how security flaws common in many large data center network systems could disrupt operations at many organizations.

In addition to continuing his role in leading the vulnerability research team, Cotton will now also spearhead the development and engineering of the company’s proprietary vulnerability management platform, Frontline Solutions Platform™.

About Digital Defense

Founded in 1999, Digital Defense, Inc. (DDI) is a premier provider of managed security risk assessment solutions protecting billions in assets for small businesses to Fortune companies in over 65 countries. DDI’s dedicated team of experts helps organizations establish a culture of security through regular information security assessments, awareness education and decisive security intelligence. This proven method bolsters the capability of organizations to reduce risk and keep information, intellectual property and reputations secure. The combination of DDI’s certified security analysts, patent-pending scanning technology and proprietary cloud-based vulnerability management system, Frontline™ Solutions Platform, delivers one of the most powerful assessment results and remediation management solutions possible. Contact DDI at 888-273-1412 or

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