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Jai Vijayan
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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: SaaS application security
Funding: $53 million
Founded: 2018

The growing adoption of software-as-a-service (SaaS) apps in recent years  — especially since the global COVID-19 outbreak — has heightened cyber-risks, such as those tied to misconfigurations, vulnerabilities, and inadvertent data leaks, for many organizations. AppOmni offers organizations technology for securely configuring, locking down, and monitoring enterprise data in SaaS environments such as Microsoft 365, Salesforce, ServiceNow, Slack, Github, and Box.

AppOmni was founded by Brendan O'Connor, a security veteran with previous stints as security CTO at ServiceNow and CSO at Salesforce, and by Brian Soby, previously partner at Freefly Security and director of security at Taulia. In April, AppOmni closed a $40 million Series B funding round, bringing to $53 million the total it has raised from investors so far. Its backers include the investment arms of organizations such as Salesforce and ServiceNow.

"SaaS apps can be quite complex, with a high number of settings that can be easily misconfigured," says Garrett Bekker, an analyst with S&P Global Market Intelligence. "AppOmni essentially does for SaaS apps what cloud security posture management (CSPM) did for public cloud environments – namely, prevent misconfigurations that unintentionally leave sensitive data exposed via continuous monitoring, detection, and compliance audits and reporting," he says.

Image: AppOmni

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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