RSA Conference: Security start-ups compete in Innovation Sandbox

A top-10 group of security start-ups from around the world joined in serious, yet friendly, competition as they shared their cutting-edge technologies on Monday with hundreds of RSA attendees in hopes of winning the "Most Innovative Company at RSA Conference 2010" contest as part of the event's annual Innovation Sandbox session.

In alphabetical order, the top 10 finalists were:

  • Altor Networks, Altor VF v3.0: Delivers purpose-built virtual stateful firewall with integrated virtual-aware IDS;
  • Catbird, vCompliance: Provides one-stop compliance monitoring and auditing for the virtualized datacenter;
  • Envision Security, Risk Communicator: Helps CISOs demonstrate the value and define the appropriate level of security investment;
  • Hacktics, Seeker: Provides a web-based application vulnerability scanner that automatically exploits and captures the results in a video;
  • HyTrust, HyTrust Appliance: Provides a single point of control for hypervisor policy definition, access control, and security configuration;
  • KikuSema, FabulaRosa (FR): Allows users to create, store and recall passwords based on self-defined images;
  • Navajo Systems, Virtual Private SaaS (VPS): Encrypts data before it is transmitted to a SaaS provider for storage and processing while maintaining common service functions (search and sort) without putting the data at risk by decrypting it;
  • RavenWhite, Blue Moon Authentication: Authenticates users based on their personal preference for purposes of automated password reset;
  • Silver Tail Systems, Silver Tail Forensics: Enables the business user or security analyst to obtain a full understanding of the bad actors and their specific behaviors and how those behaviors differ from legitimate users; and
  • Whitebox Security, WhiteOPS: Delivers an identity intelligence platform incorporating five core capabilities that captures who did what, when and where, and mapping that to who has – and should have – access to what.

The winner of the contest, Altor Networks, presented a solution that helps security administrators understand and protect against the threats introduced through the implementation of virtual networks established between multiple VMs. Soon after being presented with the title of "Most Innovative Company at RSA Conference 2010," Altor Networks announced it had received $10 million Series B venture capital funding from new investors DAG Ventures and technology partner Juniper Networks, and from the founding investors Accel Partners and Foundation Capital.

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