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Secure Code Warrior bolstered by global developer-centric security demand

Secure Code Warrior has announced strong business performance after signing of its 400th customer, in response to an increased demand for security-aware and security-skilled developers across all industries worldwide.

user icon Nastasha Tupas
Tue, 24 Aug 2021
Secure Code Warrior bolstered by global developer-centric security demand
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The recent customer acquisitions mean Secure Code Warrior is now assisting over 400 organisations worldwide to improve developers’ software security skills, including Zoom Video, Reddit, Mastercard, the BBC, DBS Bank, the Singapore government, TotalEnergies and Blue Prism.

The company’s growth was driven by organisations prioritising software security in the face of a growing global cyber threat landscape, and reflected the world showing signs of post-COVID recovery, according to Pieter Danhieux, CEO and co-founder of Secure Code Warrior.

“We have seen the ongoing impact of software-related breaches like SolarWinds and increased attacks on critical infrastructure influence government policies and business priorities across the globe,” Danhieux said.

"The likes of Biden’s executive order and Australia’s state-based cyber security strategies highlight the increased need to build developers’ security skills, rather than implement bandaid, after the breach ‘remedies’.

“The necessity to foster security-conscious developers traverses industries, and we’re working with leading organisations to help secure the software that does amazing things in our world — from government bodies needing to safeguard national assets to automotive manufacturers securing connected systems in cars and beyond.”

The company's flagship Learning Platform has been central to its success, with 85 per cent of its customer base embracing the ‘Missions’ offering launched in late 2020, which is designed to foster developers’ security-first mindset through hyper-relevant, immersive coding simulations of real-world software vulnerabilities they are challenged to solve through secure coding in a safe environment.

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The scale-up has an ongoing focus on developing new challenges and has bolstered its platform to support nearly 60 language:frameworks including legacy, cutting-edge and specialised systems.

According to Jim Pflaging, non-executive director on Secure Code Warrior’s board and Silicon Valley veteran, businesses have rapidly accelerated their digital transformation efforts over the past 18-months.

"Now, growth and profitability are closely tied to engaging customers and suppliers with compelling software applications,” Pflaging said.

"The spate of high-profile cyberattacks throughout the same period have exposed weaknesses in software development practices, which the Biden administration’s executive order is combating by stating secure coding should be foundational for any government or business entity.

"As a result, leading organisations worldwide are working with Secure Code Warrior to ‘shift left’ and reduce risk, while empowering teams to ship quality code faster by improving security at the most efficient stage of the software development process.

To support Secure Code Warrior's next chapter of growth and scale, the company has made several key appointments to build and accelerate its go-to-market strategy, including Junie Dinda as its chief marketing officer and Vikram Ghosh in the newly created role of senior vice president of strategic alliances.

Based in San Francisco, Dinda held marketing leadership positions at Atlassian for over six years, most recently as VP of marketing for enterprise and migrations. She brings extensive knowledge in driving product-led growth into the developer ecosystem and deep expertise in scaling hyper-growth businesses from 50 employees to billion-dollar organisations with 5,000+ staff.

Ghosh joins Secure Code Warrior following four years as vice president of business development at Chef Software and has previously held senior leadership positions at Citrix and Microsoft. Based in Seattle, Ghosh is responsible for spearheading the growth of Secure Code Warrior’s global partner program, which recently announced significant enhancements and expanded integrations with leading DevSecOps vendors.

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Nastasha Tupas

Nastasha Tupas

Nastasha is a Journalist at Momentum Media, she reports extensively across veterans affairs, cyber security and geopolitics in the Indo-Pacific. She is a co-author of a book titled The Stories Women Journalists Tell, published by Penguin Random House. Previously, she was a Content Producer at Verizon Media, a Digital Producer for Yahoo! and Channel 7, a Digital Journalist at Sky News Australia, as well as a Website Manager and Digital Producer at SBS Australia. Nastasha started her career in media as a Video Producer and Digital News Presenter at News Corp Australia.

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