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10 Cloud Security Startups to Watch in 2014

Jeff Vance | Jan. 15, 2014
The market for cloud security tools is expected to grow significantly in the coming year. Here are 10 cloud security startups that could help boost cloud adoption in 2014 and beyond.

Why they're on this list: Skyhigh Networks had a good year in 2013, securing a hefty funding round in May and releasing Skyhigh Secure, an end-to-end cloud security solution, in August.

Skyhigh's free Cloud Risk Assessment discovers and quantifies an enterprise's cloud usage, providing complete visibility into all IaaS, PaaS, and SaaS cloud services used by employees. Skyhigh then delivers a risk assessment for all the cloud services used by employees based on 30 attributes across data, user, device, service and business categories. This helps organizations isolate potential data leaks, security breaches, and non-compliance with regulatory and internal policies from the use of cloud services.

The risk assessment tool feeds into Skyhigh Secure, which provides security and control of the cloud lifecycle. Skyhigh Secure offers contextual access control, application auditing, encryption, data loss prevention (DLP), and cloud-to-cloud access control.

Customers include Cisco, Diebold, Equinix, and Torrance Memorial Medical Center.

Competitive Landscape: Skyhigh competes with Netskope, but expect to see several startups emerge from stealth mode in 2014.

10. SnoopWall
What they do:
Provide antispyware/antimalware "counterveillance" software that detects and blocks remote control, spying and eavesdropping on computers, tablets, smartphones and other mobile devices.

Headquarters: Nashua, N.H.

CEO: Gary Miliefsky. He was formerly founder and CTO of NetClarity.

Founded: 2013

Funding: SnoopWall is currently backed by an undisclosed amount of angel funding.

Why they're on this list: Cyberintrusions are getting more worrisome by the day. Not only do you have to worry about overseas hackers, but now being concerned that the NSA is snooping on you doesn't get you labeled as crazy. Moreover, zero-day malware, which is undetected by most current cybersecurity solutions, often infiltrates devices when users install apps they believe to be trustworthy.

SnoopWall flags and prevents cyberthreats, acting as a "port authority gatekeeper" to prevent access to high-risk data ports, including webcams, microphones, GPS, USB and other points of entry that are susceptible to becoming infected with malicious code.

Competitive Landscape: SnoopWall is uniquely positioned for now. However, after SnoopWall made a big splash at DEMO Fall 2013, expect to see other antimalware providers add similar features to their suites.


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