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11 Cybersecurity Vendors to Watch in 2021

The cybersecurity landscape continues to spawn new companies and attract new investments. Here is just a sampling of what the industry has to offer.


Focus: AI-powered threat detection and response
Funding: $230 million
Founded: 2013

U.K-based Darktrace is among the first vendors to apply artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) approaches to detect and respond to cyberthreats across enterprise network, cloud, e-mail, and endpoint environments. The company has described its products as using unsupervised ML to essentially baseline normal behavior for every user and device in an organization and to monitor for anomalies potentially indicative of a cyberthreat.

Darktrace's technology portfolio includes an AI-enabled product for detecting known and unknown threats on enterprise and industrial networks, an autonomous response technology designed to respond to in-progress attacks, and an AI-powered investigative tool designed to automatically triage, interpret, and report on security incidents.

Darktrace, which says it has 4,700 enterprise customers, went public earlier this year with an IPO on the London Stock Exchange; it currently has a market cap of around $2.3 billion. 

Omdia's Parizo says Darktrace stole a march on rivals by being among the first to employ AI/ML models to threat detection and response. The company has beefed up its response capabilities in recent years with its Antigena autonomous response technology for enterprise, SaaS, and email environments, Parizo says.

"Darktrace is said to be stronger in the midmarket than in high-end enterprises," he says. "Competitors such as Vectra and others have been catching up," he adds.

Image: Darktrace

Jai Vijayan is a seasoned technology reporter with over 20 years of experience in IT trade journalism. He was most recently a Senior Editor at Computerworld, where he covered information security and data privacy issues for the publication. Over the course of his 20-year ... View Full Bio
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