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Cloud Security: 10 Top Startups

  • Cloud Security: 10 Top Startups

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    These cloud security startups are creating innovative ways to defend networks against emerging threats and security complex multi-cloud environments.
  • 10. CyberGRX

    10. CyberGRX

    Website: CyberGRX.com

    Headquarters: Denver, Colo.

    Founded: 2015

    Total Funding: $29 million

    CyberGRX's solution is quite a bit different than most of the others in this slideshow. It offers "risk assessment-as-a-service," which is a cloud-based tool for identifying which vendors, partners and other third parties pose the biggest risks to corporate networks. It also provides tools to help third parties assess and improve their security profiles. It was a 2018 RSA Innovation Sandbox Finalist, and it has been trusted and recommended by ADP, Aetna and several other companies.

  • 9. Awake

    9. Awake

    Website: AwakeSecurity.com

    Headquarters: Mountain View, Calif.

    Founded: 2014

    Total Funding: $30 million

    Awake's security solution uses analytics and network intelligence to identify and respond to difficult-to-detect threats like file-less malware, insider threats and credential abuse. It also includes advanced forensics capabilities that integrate with security information and event management (SIEM) and threat intelligence tools. It was named a 2018 RSA Innovation Sandbox Finalist and one of eSecurityPlanet's top 20 cybersecurity startups to watch in 2018.

  • 8. Twistlock

    8. Twistlock

    Website: Twistlock.com

    Headquarters: Portland, Ore.

    Founded: 2015

    Total Funding: $30.1 million

    Twistlock is one of several startups focused on securing containers. It promises "comprehensive container security for teams using Docker, Kubernetes and other cloud-native tools," and it focuses on serving enterprises using DevOps and DevSecOps practices. It incorporates machine learning capabilities for vulnerability management, runtime defense, cloud-native firewalls and compliance. Its customers include Aetna, Booz Allen Hamilton and US government agencies.

  • 7. Virsec

    7. Virsec

    Website: Virsec.com

    Headquarters: San Jose, Calif.

    Founded: 2014

    Total Funding: $31.6 million

    Today's highly advanced cyberattacks often use memory corruption and return-oriented programming techniques that most security tools can't stop. However, Virsec's security platform offers full-stack security that blocks even these "indefensible" threats. In fact, the startup claims to be the only vendor that can detect and stop memory attacks in real-time. Its Trusted Execution platform can be deployed in the data center, a private cloud or on Amazon Web Services, and it was included in Gartner's most recent Market Guide for Cloud Workload Protection Platforms.

  • 6. ShieldX

    6. ShieldX

    Website: ShieldX.com

    Headquarters: San Jose, Calif.

    Founded: 2015

    Total Funding: $34 million

    ShieldX describes its Apeiro solution as "the first microservices platform for multi-cloud security." It includes microsegmentation, deep packet inspection and security automation capabilities built for the cloud. The company was named a Gartner Cool Vendor for 2017, an RSA Innovation Sandbox Finalist and a 2017-2018 Cloud Awards Program Finalist for "Most Promising Startup" and "Security Innovation of the Year."

  • 5. Aqua

    5. Aqua

    Website: AquaSec.com

    Headquarters: Tel Aviv, Israel

    Founded: 2015

    Total Funding: $38 million

    Part of the containerization trend, Aqua promises "automated full-stack security for your containers." It supports all the leading container solutions, including Kubernetes, Docker, Red Hat OpenShift, Mesosphere and Rancher, as well as all the leading public cloud computing platforms. The company also contributes to open source projects like Kube-Bench, Manifesto and Moby. Its customers include HBC, EllieMae, Microsoft, Safesforce and Hewlett Packard Enterprise.

  • 4. Qingteng Cloud Security

    4. Qingteng Cloud Security

    Website: Qingteng.cn

    Headquarters: Beijing, China

    Founded: 2014

    Total Funding: $41.3 million

    Because it does business in Asia, Qingteng is probably the least well-known cloud security startup on our list for American readers, but it has an impressive record so far. It offers Ivy adaptive security, a SaaS platform that includes asset inventory, risk discovery, intrusion detection and compliance capabilities. In 2017, Gartner named Qingteng a Cool Vendor in Cloud Security, and it has a partnership with Asian tech giant Alibaba.

  • 3. ProtectWise

    3. ProtectWise

    Website: ProtectWise.com

    Headquarters: Denver, Colo.

    Founded: 2013

    Total Funding: $62.2 million

    ProtectWise offers cloud-based network detection and response (NDR) capabilities. It can detect network threats in real time or by analyzing historical logs, and it also includes advanced forensics capabilities. It has an impressive list of well-known customers that includes companies like BP, Netflix, Motorola, the NFL, Expedia, Fox Entertainment Group, Major League Baseball, Universal Music Group and many others. And the company has been named to CRN's 2018 Security 100 list, the 20 Coolest Network Security Vendors, an SC Awards Finalist, and one of Built in Colorado's 50 Startups to Watch.

  • 2. Bitglass

    2. Bitglass

    Website: Bitglass.com

    Headquarters: Campbell, Calif.

    Founded: 2013

    Total Funding: $80.1 million

    Bitglass describes itself as a "next-gen CASB." For the uninitiated, CASB stands for cloud access security broker. In a nutshell, it incorporates data loss protection, machine learning and behavior analytics, identity management and zero-day malware protection to prevent security incidents in the data center, public cloud or software as a service (SaaS) apps. The startup has been named one of the CRN's Top 100 Coolest Cloud Vendors, a Visionary in Gartner's Magic Quadrant for CASBs, one of the Big 50 Top Technology Startups for 2017 and a 2017 Emerging Cybersecurity Vendor.

  • 1. Illumio

    Illumio

    Website: Illumio.com

    Headquarters: Sunnyvale, Calif.

    Founded: 2013

    Total Funding: $267.5 million

    Illumio's core technology is called "adaptive microsegmentation." Basically, it builds the traditional practice of network segmentation and uses traffic filtering to enforce security policies across the corporate network, including the public cloud. The company was named one of the CNBC Disruptor 50 for 2017, and also last year, J.P. Morgan reportedly invested $125 million in the "unicorn" company. Its customers include Morgan Stanley, Salesforce, Workday, Oracle, Quicken Loans and many others.

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    Cloud Security: 10 Top Startups

    These cloud security startups are creating innovative ways to defend networks against emerging threats and security complex multi-cloud environments.
  • 10. CyberGRX

    10. CyberGRX

    Website: CyberGRX.com

    Headquarters: Denver, Colo.

    Founded: 2015

    Total Funding: $29 million

    CyberGRX's solution is quite a bit different than most of the others in this slideshow. It offers "risk assessment-as-a-service," which is a cloud-based tool for identifying which vendors, partners and other third parties pose the biggest risks to corporate networks. It also provides tools to help third parties assess and improve their security profiles. It was a 2018 RSA Innovation Sandbox Finalist, and it has been trusted and recommended by ADP, Aetna and several other companies.

  • 9. Awake

    9. Awake

    Website: AwakeSecurity.com

    Headquarters: Mountain View, Calif.

    Founded: 2014

    Total Funding: $30 million

    Awake's security solution uses analytics and network intelligence to identify and respond to difficult-to-detect threats like file-less malware, insider threats and credential abuse. It also includes advanced forensics capabilities that integrate with security information and event management (SIEM) and threat intelligence tools. It was named a 2018 RSA Innovation Sandbox Finalist and one of eSecurityPlanet's top 20 cybersecurity startups to watch in 2018.

  • 8. Twistlock

    8. Twistlock

    Website: Twistlock.com

    Headquarters: Portland, Ore.

    Founded: 2015

    Total Funding: $30.1 million

    Twistlock is one of several startups focused on securing containers. It promises "comprehensive container security for teams using Docker, Kubernetes and other cloud-native tools," and it focuses on serving enterprises using DevOps and DevSecOps practices. It incorporates machine learning capabilities for vulnerability management, runtime defense, cloud-native firewalls and compliance. Its customers include Aetna, Booz Allen Hamilton and US government agencies.

  • 7. Virsec

    7. Virsec

    Website: Virsec.com

    Headquarters: San Jose, Calif.

    Founded: 2014

    Total Funding: $31.6 million

    Today's highly advanced cyberattacks often use memory corruption and return-oriented programming techniques that most security tools can't stop. However, Virsec's security platform offers full-stack security that blocks even these "indefensible" threats. In fact, the startup claims to be the only vendor that can detect and stop memory attacks in real-time. Its Trusted Execution platform can be deployed in the data center, a private cloud or on Amazon Web Services, and it was included in Gartner's most recent Market Guide for Cloud Workload Protection Platforms.

  • 6. ShieldX

    6. ShieldX

    Website: ShieldX.com

    Headquarters: San Jose, Calif.

    Founded: 2015

    Total Funding: $34 million

    ShieldX describes its Apeiro solution as "the first microservices platform for multi-cloud security." It includes microsegmentation, deep packet inspection and security automation capabilities built for the cloud. The company was named a Gartner Cool Vendor for 2017, an RSA Innovation Sandbox Finalist and a 2017-2018 Cloud Awards Program Finalist for "Most Promising Startup" and "Security Innovation of the Year."

  • 5. Aqua

    5. Aqua

    Website: AquaSec.com

    Headquarters: Tel Aviv, Israel

    Founded: 2015

    Total Funding: $38 million

    Part of the containerization trend, Aqua promises "automated full-stack security for your containers." It supports all the leading container solutions, including Kubernetes, Docker, Red Hat OpenShift, Mesosphere and Rancher, as well as all the leading public cloud computing platforms. The company also contributes to open source projects like Kube-Bench, Manifesto and Moby. Its customers include HBC, EllieMae, Microsoft, Safesforce and Hewlett Packard Enterprise.

  • 4. Qingteng Cloud Security

    4. Qingteng Cloud Security

    Website: Qingteng.cn

    Headquarters: Beijing, China

    Founded: 2014

    Total Funding: $41.3 million

    Because it does business in Asia, Qingteng is probably the least well-known cloud security startup on our list for American readers, but it has an impressive record so far. It offers Ivy adaptive security, a SaaS platform that includes asset inventory, risk discovery, intrusion detection and compliance capabilities. In 2017, Gartner named Qingteng a Cool Vendor in Cloud Security, and it has a partnership with Asian tech giant Alibaba.

  • 3. ProtectWise

    3. ProtectWise

    Website: ProtectWise.com

    Headquarters: Denver, Colo.

    Founded: 2013

    Total Funding: $62.2 million

    ProtectWise offers cloud-based network detection and response (NDR) capabilities. It can detect network threats in real time or by analyzing historical logs, and it also includes advanced forensics capabilities. It has an impressive list of well-known customers that includes companies like BP, Netflix, Motorola, the NFL, Expedia, Fox Entertainment Group, Major League Baseball, Universal Music Group and many others. And the company has been named to CRN's 2018 Security 100 list, the 20 Coolest Network Security Vendors, an SC Awards Finalist, and one of Built in Colorado's 50 Startups to Watch.

  • 2. Bitglass

    2. Bitglass

    Website: Bitglass.com

    Headquarters: Campbell, Calif.

    Founded: 2013

    Total Funding: $80.1 million

    Bitglass describes itself as a "next-gen CASB." For the uninitiated, CASB stands for cloud access security broker. In a nutshell, it incorporates data loss protection, machine learning and behavior analytics, identity management and zero-day malware protection to prevent security incidents in the data center, public cloud or software as a service (SaaS) apps. The startup has been named one of the CRN's Top 100 Coolest Cloud Vendors, a Visionary in Gartner's Magic Quadrant for CASBs, one of the Big 50 Top Technology Startups for 2017 and a 2017 Emerging Cybersecurity Vendor.

  • Illumio

    1. Illumio

    Website: Illumio.com

    Headquarters: Sunnyvale, Calif.

    Founded: 2013

    Total Funding: $267.5 million

    Illumio's core technology is called "adaptive microsegmentation." Basically, it builds the traditional practice of network segmentation and uses traffic filtering to enforce security policies across the corporate network, including the public cloud. The company was named one of the CNBC Disruptor 50 for 2017, and also last year, J.P. Morgan reportedly invested $125 million in the "unicorn" company. Its customers include Morgan Stanley, Salesforce, Workday, Oracle, Quicken Loans and many others.

These days, most enterprise executives are terrified of security incidents — and for good reason.

Already in 2018, cybercriminals have carried out successful attacks against Sears and Delta Air, Panera Bread, Saks Fifth Avenue and Lord & Taylor, MyFitnessPal, Orbitz, FedEx and the city of Atlanta, among others.

And according to the Ponemon Institute, the average cost of recovering from a data breach in 2017 was $141 per record. The average total per breach was $3.62 million for the organizations that Ponemon studied.

It's little wonder, then, that enterprises are upping their spending on IT security solutions. IDC forecasts that spending will rise at a compound annual growth rate of 9.6 percent through 2021. By then, spending will reach $119.9 billion, up from $83.5 billion in 2017.

Part of the difficulty with defending modern IT systems is that enterprise networks no longer have a defined edge that administrators can wall off and protect. Thanks to trends like cloud computing and the Internet of Things (IoT), enterprise networks are wider than ever — and that much more difficult to secure.

To address this changing reality, many organizations are turning to cloud-based security solutions. A large crop of startups is hoping to fill this need. This slideshow highlights 10 of the most promising that have been founded within the last five years and have received notable amounts of funding from venture capital firms.

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