Dark Reading is part of the Informa Tech Division of Informa PLC

This site is operated by a business or businesses owned by Informa PLC and all copyright resides with them.Informa PLC's registered office is 5 Howick Place, London SW1P 1WG. Registered in England and Wales. Number 8860726.

Attacks/Breaches

10/18/2016
04:00 PM
Kelly Sheridan
Kelly Sheridan
Slideshows
Connect Directly
Twitter
LinkedIn
Google+
RSS
E-Mail
50%
50%

7 Regional Hotbeds For Cybersecurity Innovation

These regions are driving cybersecurity innovation across the US with an abundance of tech talent, educational institutions, accelerators, incubators, and startup activity.
Previous
1 of 8
Next

As cybersecurity becomes more of an imperative for individuals and organizations, several regions in the US are investing money and efforts in security innovation.

Silicon Valley may be the most famous hotspot for tech innovation in the country, but it's far from the only place driving cybersecurity advancement. Areas such as the Washington, DC region and the Boston metro area are home to a growing number of security startups and incubators.

There are several factors that contribute to making an area a hotbed for security innovation, explains Rick Gordon, managing partner at cybersecurity startup accelerator Mach37. Some critical elements include availability of seed capital and educational institutions generating new talent.

"Cyber is an area where innovation is built and based on extent of experience and knowledge," says Bob Ackerman, founder of cybersecurity venture capital firm Allegis Capital. The technology is deep, and the ability to develop and apply it requires a lot of experience.

The problem is, the industry is struggling with a shortage of skilled security engineers, he continues. Regions are trying to fill the gap by building programs to graduate more skilled graduates and using technology to increase the productivity of existing engineers.

Many colleges and universities have begun to respond to the shortage in engineering talent by expanding their curricula to include cybersecurity. UC Berkeley, UC Santa Barbara, Carnegie Mellon, MIT, and Georgia Tech are among institutions fueling tech innovation with trained graduates.

Even in regions known for technological innovation, it can be difficult for security startups to succeed because they need more than tech talent to achieve growth. Oftentimes, tech talent moves to areas where business expertise and a strong venture capital ecosystem will support innovation.

For this reason, security businesses have begun to emerge in regions where they have access to capital, skills, and opportunities needed to grow. These regions are primarily located on the east and west coasts of the US, but some have begun to pop up in the south and the middle of the country.

"Cybersecurity is an area driven by nonstop innovation," explains Ackerman. "The half-life of cybersecurity is one of the shortest in IT. We focus on these regions because in cybersecurity, if you're going to compete, you have to have a solid foundation to start. You can't pick it up as you go."

Here, we spotlight some regions across the US driving innovation in the cybersecurity space through factors like education, accelerators, and other support for entrepreneurs and startups looking to grow.

 

Kelly Sheridan is the Staff Editor at Dark Reading, where she focuses on cybersecurity news and analysis. She is a business technology journalist who previously reported for InformationWeek, where she covered Microsoft, and Insurance & Technology, where she covered financial ... View Full Bio

Previous
1 of 8
Next
Comment  | 
Print  | 
More Insights
Comments
Oldest First  |  Newest First  |  Threaded View
futon45
50%
50%
futon45,
User Rank: Apprentice
10/20/2016 | 8:13:07 AM
futon mattress
Excellent blog

HackerOne Drops Mobile Voting App Vendor Voatz
Dark Reading Staff 3/30/2020
Limited-Time Free Offers to Secure the Enterprise Amid COVID-19
Curtis Franklin Jr., Senior Editor at Dark Reading,  3/31/2020
Register for Dark Reading Newsletters
White Papers
Video
Cartoon Contest
Current Issue
6 Emerging Cyber Threats That Enterprises Face in 2020
This Tech Digest gives an in-depth look at six emerging cyber threats that enterprises could face in 2020. Download your copy today!
Flash Poll
State of Cybersecurity Incident Response
State of Cybersecurity Incident Response
Data breaches and regulations have forced organizations to pay closer attention to the security incident response function. However, security leaders may be overestimating their ability to detect and respond to security incidents. Read this report to find out more.
Twitter Feed
Dark Reading - Bug Report
Bug Report
Enterprise Vulnerabilities
From DHS/US-CERT's National Vulnerability Database
CVE-2020-11529
PUBLISHED: 2020-04-04
Common/Grav.php in Grav before 1.6.23 has an Open Redirect.
CVE-2020-11527
PUBLISHED: 2020-04-04
In Zoho ManageEngine OpManager before 12.4.181, an unauthenticated remote attacker can send a specially crafted URI to read arbitrary files.
CVE-2020-11528
PUBLISHED: 2020-04-04
bit2spr 1992-06-07 has a stack-based buffer overflow (129-byte write) in conv_bitmap in bit2spr.c via a long line in a bitmap file.
CVE-2020-11518
PUBLISHED: 2020-04-04
Zoho ManageEngine ADSelfService Plus before 5815 allows unauthenticated remote code execution.
CVE-2020-5347
PUBLISHED: 2020-04-04
Dell EMC Isilon OneFS versions 8.2.2 and earlier contain a denial of service vulnerability. SmartConnect had an error condition that may be triggered to loop, using CPU and potentially preventing other SmartConnect DNS responses.