With an epic year in cybersecurity venture funding behind us and lots of money still flowing to startup coffers in 2016, expectations continue to grow for a blossoming crop of security startups. Yes, the hype may also be growing to epic proportions as everyone tries to outcompete with one another's game-changing, next generation, big data, intelligence-driven, platform-based silver bullet gizmos. But amidst all of the marketing puffery, there's substance to a lot of the innovation out there, as the latest class of newcomers tries to help practitioners fix what's broken in infosec today.
Here's a cheat sheet of some of the movers and shakers most likely to continue making waves in this year. These firms are primarily early- to middle-stage startups who've met some distinction in the past year. That might mean launching into a greenfield niche with a decent seed round, snagging a recent funding round in the last few months, or earning huge Series A or B rounds. Most of these firms have launched in the last three years. And many have earned distinction from their executive roster, with a number of well-known or otherwise highly credentialed security veterans at the helm. In the interest of bringing some new blood to the spotlight, we've included only companies that were not already featured in our 20 Startups To Watch In 2015, published last year.
Ericka Chickowski specializes in coverage of information technology and business innovation. She has focused on information security for the better part of a decade and regularly writes about the security industry as a contributor to Dark Reading. View Full Bio