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10 Rising Stars in IT Security

March 1, 2011

By Olivia Shannon (@olivia_at_o)

Congratulations to the top ten finalists in the Most Innovative Company at RSA Conference 2011 contest – and special congratulations to the winner, Invincea.

“The top ten participants in this year’s Innovation Sandbox represent the entrepreneurial spirit of the security industry. Invincea was judged the most innovative by our diverse panel of judges,” explained Sandra Tom LaPedis, Area Vice President and General Manager of the RSA Conference.

A slideshow of this year’s Innovation Sandbox is available here. The finalists, in alphabetical order, include:

  • CipherCloud – CipherCloud Cloud Gateway
    CipherCloud Cloud Gateway anonymizes data and captures user activities in the cloud. It uses functionality-preserving encryption and tokenization techniques in real-time prior to sending data to the cloud while retaining all cloud app features such as search, report and data-integration.
  • ENTERSECT – Interactive Transaction Authentication (ITA)
    ENTERSECT’s ITA module provides additional-factor, out of band, interactive authentication for any form of digital action taking place.
  • Gazzang Inc. – ezNcrypt
    ezNcrypt goes beyond unlimited encryption of MySQL databases, tables and files for large organizations with hundreds of database servers and those whose business foundation depends on the security of data, such as large healthcare and financial institutions.
  • HyTrust – HyTrust Appliance 2.1
    HyTrust Appliance is a network-based policy management solution for virtual infrastructure that provides administrative access control, hypervisor hardening, and audit-quality logging
  • Incapsula Inc – Incapsula
    Incapsula is a cloud-based service that makes websites safer, faster and more reliable. Incapsula provides websites of all sizes with capabilities that so far, have only been consumable by the very large Internet websites.
  • Invincea, Inc. – Invincea Browser and Document Protection
    Invincea Browser Protection virtual technology protects vulnerable computers against cyber malware.
  • Pawaa Software – pawaaFILE
    pawaaFILE is a patented file format that wraps around a native file and carries the usage policy along with it.
  • Quaresso – Quaresso Protect On Q (POQ)
    Protect On Q is a hardened, ephemeral browser that protects and controls browser operations and behavior to ensure that the web session and its content are protected from theft or data leakage from malware or end users.
  • Silver Tail Systems – Mitigation
    Silver Tail Systems Mitigation gives the business owner the flexibility to adjust a website’s business flows to prevent bad actors without impacting legitimate users.
  • Symplified – Symplified Trust Cloud
    The Symplified Trust Cloud™ is a unified access management and federation platform built on the Amazon EC2 cloud platform that uniquely integrates and secures SaaS, IaaS, EC2 and Web 2.0 apps.

The criteria for inclusion in the Innovation Sandbox category held that the product or service had to have been launched after March 2010, and the product was required to be demonstrated live and on-site during the Innovation Sandbox event at RSA.

Entrants had to be privately held companies with less than $5 million annual revenues, and their management teams had to have proven successes in the delivery of products to market.

But the main criterion was for nominated products to have the potential to make a significant impact on information security.

Watch this space.

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