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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.

Orca Security

Focus: Cloud security
Funding: Over $300 million
Founded: 2019

Orca helps organizations detect and defend against security risks in the cloud. The startup's secret sauce is a so-called SideScanning technology that uses a cloud provider's process snapshots — or read-only data — to assess risks to enterprise data. The company describes its technology as having zero impact on production workloads and being very different from tools that rely on data gathered from agents and network scanners to assess cloud security risks.

Orca has attracted massive investor attention since its launch. The company achieved unicorn status earlier this year with a massive $210 million Series C funding round in March, led by CapitalG, Google parent Alphabet's venture division. The company has so far raised a staggering $300 million in combined funding. Among the growing list of organizations using Orca to scan cloud environments for malware, vulnerabilities, misconfigurations, and other risks are Robinhood, Live Oak Bank, BeyondTrust, and Databricks.

"Orca has come to market with the perspective of offering numerous cloud security features with minimal impact or disruption to how teams work," says Fernando Montenegro, an analyst with S&P Global Market Intelligence. "It does this by a combination of techniques, including use of snapshots and by performing deeper analytics to derive context for security alerts."

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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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