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2015: The Year Of The Security Startup – Or Letdown
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User Rank: Apprentice
1/15/2015 | 12:37:21 PM
Security + Compliance
Absolutely more startups. There is a need and companies will be born or evolve to address that need. But here is the thing - with security, Compliance is also becoming an important agenda. Almost every regulation out there is being re-visited to address security and data protection concerns. Both, security and compliance have to be addressed and just like us, many other startups will help solve the problem. One of the biggest misconceptions out there is that just because you are secure then automatically you become compliant and vice versa. This needs to change. 
Marilyn Cohodas
Marilyn Cohodas,
User Rank: Strategist
1/14/2015 | 10:23:53 AM
Re: more than any other data/IT field ...
I don't disagree that there will be are some really interesting, game-changing things going on in security technology -- and I hope all of the startups in those markets succeed. But there is more to being successful than having the best technology. Also, VCs invest in many projetcs knowing that they only need a few to win in order to earn their return on investment.. 
User Rank: Strategist
1/14/2015 | 10:09:36 AM
Re: more than any other data/IT field ...
Marilyn ... that surprises me some. Maybe it's the incessant drumbeat of (ahem) "SMAC" vendors, but I'd assumed, in the startup realm, there would be more of a crazy landgrab on the emerging side (particularly from the mobile/app side of things). It seems that security has never been the "sexy" sector, so I'm willing to concede that there may be many more varities of small and startup infosec vendors. 
Marilyn Cohodas
Marilyn Cohodas,
User Rank: Strategist
1/14/2015 | 9:29:26 AM
Re: more than any other data/IT field ...
I'm not Tim but my 2 cents: I think there will be a higher failure  rate for security startups simply because there are just more of them.  
User Rank: Strategist
1/13/2015 | 5:56:38 PM
more than any other data/IT field ...
Tim, do you see a wider acceptance for security startups to fail as opposed to, say, a predictive analytics vendor? My thinking is that there is an greater allowance for small, unknown protection to fall by the wayside based on the nature of the market they work in. 

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