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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.

Deep Instinct

Focus: Deep learning-enabled threat detection and response
Funding: $200 million
Founded: 2015

Deep Instinct has positioned itself as a vendor whose technology can help organizations predict, prevent, and analyze cyberthreats using an approach known as deep learning. Deep learning, according to the company, basically involves feeding a powerful computing system with millions of benign and malicious files, including macros and scripts, until the system autonomously learns to distinguish malicious code from benign code. Deep Instinct says its technology can help detect and respond to threats that other vendors cannot find. Use cases for the company's predictive threat platform include ransomware protection — backed by a $3 million warranty — endpoint security, mobile security, and automated threat analysis.

Deep Instinct has secured some $200 million in investments so far. Most recently it closed on a $100 million Series D funding round designed to fuel the company's growth.

Omdia's Eric Parizo says Deep Instinct is among several companies that have emerged from academic organizations.

"There are perhaps half a dozen universities around the world that have strong AI/ML departments with expertise in deep learning, and each of them has spawned a team in the market," he says. "Google has acquired one of them, Microsoft another, and this company is the result of the academic research in Israel."

The company is the first to apply deep learning to cybersecurity, though others such as Darktrace appear to now be doing the same thing, Parizo says.

Image: Deep Instinct

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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