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Hot security startups to watch

Tim Greene | June 8, 2016
Simulating attacks, defending the Internet of Things and keeping track of suspicious device reconfigurations are among technologies young companies are fleshing out.

Cato Networks

Headquarters: Tel Aviv
Founded: 2015
$20 million from U.S. Venture Partners and Aspect Venture
Leaders:  Shlomo Kramer
Fun fact:
 Kramer helped found of Check Point Software and Imperva

Why we’re following it: Kramer’s track record and the growing popularity of cloud-based security services gives Cato a seat in a hot market. The company serves up traditional security platforms - next-generation firewalling, URL filtering, application control and VPN access – in its cloud. Its willingness to license its technology to other service providers opens up a potentially large and steady revenue stream.


Headquarters: Boston
$1.3 million in seed funding from Petrillo Capital, angel and strategic investors
 CEO Ernesto DiGiambattista and Chief Innovation Officer Mike Kail
Fun fact:
 One adviser to the company is former Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis, who is also a safety adviser for Uber.

Why we’re following it: Cybric’s notion of running constant tests against exact models of corporate networks in order to reveal vulnerabilities not only helps strengthen defenses, it does so without disrupting the production network. Running these simulations in parallel in the cloud means vulnerabilities are discovered faster.


Headquarters: San Jose, Calif.
Founded: 2010
$7 million from Highland Capital Partners
 CEO Ted Ho who founded Gigamon
Fun fact:
 James Lin, the company’s founder, also founded RapidStream (acquired by WatchGuard)

Why we’re following it: Data security is a key component to preventing data breaches, and Datiphy is focused on that with a platform that it has proved in service provider networks. Its platform keeps an eye on sensitive data and flags when it’s being accessed inappropriately. It has started seeking partners to interoperate with its API to enforce policies when it discovers policy violations.


Headquarters: Tel Aviv and Dallas
$6 million seed round fromShlomo Kramer (see Cato Networks above), Magma Venture Partners and Amihai Shulman
Leaders:  CEO Barak Perelman
Fun fact:
 Co-founders Perelman, CTO Mille Gandelsman and Vice President of R&D Ido Trivizki have ties to the Israeli Defense Forces

Why we’re following it: Attacks on industrial control and supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) systems is a continuing problem hanging over critical infrastructure like power grids and water supplies. Its appliances protect deployed SCADA devices that may be too numerous to replace with more secure ones. By monitoring to find alterations in the control planes of SCADA devices Indegy can discover potential changes to their programmable logic controllers that may indicate attacks. This can help discover threats before they are carried out to older systems lacking defenses.



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