21 Jan 10 Hot Cybersecurity Companies to Follow in February 2020
Who’s who fighting cybercrime
– Kayla Matthews
Pittsburgh, Pa. — Jan. 20, 2020
Special coverage of Cybercrime Magazine’s Hot 150 Cybersecurity Companies.
Cybersecurity is one of the most urgent world issues, meaning February 2020 is no time for indifference. A new year invariably brings new threats as the news cycle is dominated by high-profile hacks and disastrous cases of negligence.
Whether clients need help expanding their technology portfolio or strengthening the security focus of their company culture, there’s a company out there with the philosophy and the products to keep you safer.
Here are the cybersecurity companies to watch in February 2020 and throughout the new year.
Founded in 2009 in Berkshire, UK, Armor is a cybersecurity company with a strong focus on top-to-bottom protections for cloud systems.
Armor is a resource as well as a vendor: The company regularly holds digital webinars so their partners and others can continue to learn about new developments as needed. Some of these webinars even count towards CPE credits.
Baltimore-based ZeroFOX was founded in 2013 to help customers deal with a variety of bleeding-edge threats to digital infrastructure and web properties. That includes social media and deepfakes. Deepfakes are one of the most serious threats to the exchange of factual information.
Thankfully, ZeroFOX is leading out of the gate with AI-based protection against deepfakes and other threats to democracy, commercial success and information security.
San Jose’s RedSeal saw the light of day in 2004 and has spent the intervening years helping companies improve their cyber risk assessments and their scoring and modeling methodologies.
Performing regular vulnerability assessments is critical in modern cybersecurity and the key to staying ahead of emerging threats. That goes double for health care companies (one of RedSeal’s specialties), who are beholden to HIPAA and various other ongoing threat assessment requirements.
4. A10 Networks
A10 Networks is another rising cybersecurity company that hails from sunny San Jose. Founded in 2004, A10 Networks is becoming a household name in cloud app security and mobile traffic management, including 5G networks.
A10 Networks recognizes that application services don’t just live in data centers these days. Companies need cohesive traffic management and security protocols for public, private, and hybrid clouds — services that brands like GoDaddy, Comcast, Xbox, and Yahoo Japan all rely on A10 Networks to provide.
We travel now to Bucharest, Romania, for a look at Bitdefender. Bitdefender was founded in 2001 to provide a robust mix of residential and commercial data protection services.
Multiple-award-winning and trusted to protect 500 million digital systems across the world, Bitdefender specializes in cross-platform protections for macOS, Windows, iOS, Android, and smart TV platforms. Their offerings include data center security, proactive threat-monitoring, 30 prevention modules for endpoint protection, and more.
Cimcor is the maker of CimTrak — a suite of cybersecurity and compliance tools for server management, workstations, directory services, databases, network devices, point-of-sale equipment and more. The company dates back to 1997 and calls Merrillville, Indiana, home.
A recent case study saw Cimcor assist Zoom Communications with achieving FedRAMP compliance for the first time. Other current Cimcor partners with high compliance requirements include Nikon, Cornell University and the U.S. Air Force.
The Telos Corporation got its start in Ashburn, Virginia, and dates back to 1969. Their cybersecurity division is 25 years old and is credited with creating the “first” commercial web-based compliance and risk management system.
According to Telos, it’s common for their customers to save up to 70 percent off the cost of risk assessments and authorizations. They’ve provided secure communications and identity confirmation tools for the U.S. Air Force as well as the Department of Defense and elsewhere throughout the intelligence community.
Since 2014, SafeBreach has racked up an impressive amount of recognition from trusted names like Gartner, Network World, CNBC, Dark Reading and others. The company does its research in Tel Aviv, Israel, but operates from its headquarters in Sunnyvale, California.
The focus here is on cyberattack simulations and vulnerability testing, which are important proactive steps to take on an ongoing basis. Too many companies remain unaware of their security shortcomings until criminals find and take advantage of them first.
9. Kaspersky Lab
Eugene Kaspersky founded Kaspersky Lab in Moscow in 1997. Since then, it has grown into a global force for good. In 2018, the company’s products were subjected to 88 independent tests and walked away with 73 first-place awards and 77 top-three awards.
Just as important as their antivirus, cloud management, and endpoint security products is the company’s ongoing publication of cybersecurity reports and statistics: a resource that boosts awareness of cybersecurity around the world and helps entire industries, like banking, get on the same page about their vulnerabilities.
Finally, we come to Darktrace — a company founded by Cambridge mathematicians and jointly headquartered in Cambridge, UK, and San Francisco. The company boasts a world first in Darktrace Antigena: an autonomous cyberthreat response system that can respond to machine-speed attacks much faster than any flesh-and-blood IT specialist.
In fact, the pace of cyberattacks has increased to the point where Antigena automatically responds to as many as one cyberthreat every three seconds. Companies like eBay, Peugeot, T-Mobile, Prudential and others trust Darktrace with their IT security.
February 2020 and the Year Ahead
This is only a sampling of the cybersecurity companies to watch and a preview of just some of the products on the market today. Nobody wants to have to think about data or identity theft. The good news is, these omnipresent threats excel at sparking competition among vendors.
In turn, this results in more thoughtful products and methodologies over time. It’s an arms race for sure, but the “good guys” are an even more clever and diverse bunch than those who wish us harm.
– Kayla Matthews is a technology journalist and cybersecurity writer based in Pittsburgh, PA. To read more from Kayla, visit her website.