NORTHPORT, NY, August 15, 2008 – Dr. Anita D’Amico, Director of the Secure Decisions Division of Applied Visions, Inc., has been invited to participate on the Defense Advanced Research Project Agency (DARPA) panel at the 2008 SBIR Beyond Phase II Conference hosted by the Department of Defense.

At the DARPA Panel session entitled “Maturing Technologies through Collaboration, Entrepreneurship, and Ownership”, Dr. D’Amico will discuss Secure Decisions’ close collaboration with Department of Defense and commercial security consultants in the development of MeerCAT®, a visualization tool to depict risks from wireless assets to an organization or mission. Dr. D’Amico will join Susan Nichols, Small Business Program Director at DARPA, and other distinguished members of the panel at the September 4th 2008 session being held in Palm Desert, CA.

Under a Phase II Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program funded by DARPA, Secure Decisions has been developing MeerCAT® (Mobile Cyber Asset Tracks) to help users analyze data acquired from wireless discovery and other security tools. MeerCAT® arms users with a set of integrated 2D and 3D visualization tools to more efficiently distinguish trusted from rogue wireless cyber assets. By depicting the location and connection patterns of potentially threatening mobile assets, MeerCAT® improves the visibility of risks to critical networks. The MeerCAT® visualization system is currently undergoing testing in DoD and commercial operational environments.

As Director of Secure Decisions since its conception in 2000, Dr. D’Amico has led the company’s innovative research and product development in security visualization. She has been dedicated to improving the performance of cyber defenders through visualization, applying over 20 years of R&D experience and expertise as a human factors psychologist and an information security specialist. Dr. D’Amico has published dozens of papers on security visualization, and holds a patent in the field. Prior to joining Applied Visions, Dr. D’Amico was founder and head of the Information Warfare team at Northrop Grumman, where she led the effort to develop a system for forecasting cyber attacks on military networks. Dr. D’Amico holds a Ph.D. and M.A. in Psychology from Adelphi University with a focus on Human Factors and Cognitive Psychology.

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Published On: Aug-2008Categories: News1.9 min read

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