This usually is a very big category. However, a lot of fine Innovators in this space have passed into the Hall of Fame in prior years. There are several possible sub-categories here, however, and we scoured our resources for players in all of them that we felt would fit into a list of Innovators. Along the way we asked where, in terms of analysis and testing, would we most likely be successful in our hunt? The answer, actually, was pretty obvious: digital forensics.

Cyberforensics may be the poster discipline for testing.

Since we have a specialty in cyberforensics, it seemed only natural to go to our own tool kit and see what pops out. We have some fine tools in our kit and we have used a lot more and reviewed a lot more still. For all of that, just one jumped out at us. Always opting for quality over quantity, we were quite happy with this one Innovator and we think you'll agree that they are pretty creative in a lot of ways. They also are living proof that you don't need a big organization to turn out a first-rate product with a lot of innovation behind it.

Cyberforensics may be the poster discipline for testing. In fact, as we discussed products in other sections of this year's issue, we found that many, regardless of category, were at pains to point out that they had good forensic capabilities. Indeed, digital – or, if you prefer the jargon of the day, cyber – forensics is emerging as a popular buzz-phrase, key to a lot of functionality in information security. It also seems to be attracting more students than many other disciplines, certainly many other technology disciplines. Perhaps it's the “CSI Effect,” but whatever it is, it is one of the defining functions of many security tools and services.

So, with just one incumbent in this category – but a fascinating incumbent it is – let's move on to our last group before we enter the hallowed halls and corridors of the Innovators Hall of Fame.