With hundreds of security startups attending the RSA Conference this year, there’s plenty of noise in the security market when it comes to new entrants. All are looking to grab a piece of an exploding market for security technologies — a market that is expected by market researcher Gartner to reach $75.4 billion in 2015. The 10 startups that made CRN’s list this year of coolest security startups came to market with innovations in data security, mobile, cloud and more. They distinguished themselves through the year by nabbing top-notch executives, grabbing hefty amounts of venture capital funding and launching innovative solutions that aimed to solve the security challenges that plague businesses today.
Launching from stealth at the end of the year, Avanan is one of the startups looking to tap into the growing opportunity for Cloud Access Security Brokers (CASBs). Founded by four former ForeScout executives, the New York-based startup looks to bridge the gap between cloud applications and best-of-breed security vendors, including Palo Alto Networks, Check Point, Symantec, and others. Under a single platform, MSPs, enterprises, and smaller businesses can deploy data security, malware scanning, anti-virus, encryption, anomaly detection, data sanitization, endpoint compliance, and more, as well as manage and enforce polices.