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Here Are 10 Innovative Cybersecurity Startups To Watch In 2022

Jay Fitzgerald

A panel of judges at RSA 2022 selected Israeli cybersecurity vendor Talon as the “Most Innovative Startup” at the conference. Here are the 10 startups that competed for that title.

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And the winner is … Talon Cyber Security.

Tel Aviv, Israel-based Talon beat out nine other cybersecurity companies Monday to win the “Most Innovative Startup” award at the RSA Conference in San Francisco.

Founded in 2021, Talon was selected the winner of the official RSA 2022 Innovation Sandbox Contest by a panel of judges, who heard from all 10 finalist companies Monday afternoon at the Moscone Center in San Francisco.

Talon’s co-founder and CEO, Ofer Ben-Noon, said he was stunned when the judges revealed before hundreds of convention attendees at the event that Talon had won the contest.

“This is very, very big for us,” said Ben-Noon. “This is one of the biggest statements of support a young company can get.”

Ohad Bobrov, co-founder and CTO of Talon, said his company is expecting to get its share of attention after winning Monday’s award. “It’s just such a great honor,” he said.

Following are the 10 finalists for the contest with product descriptions provided either by RSA or the companies themselves:

Araali Networks
Year founded: 2018
Headquarters: Livermore, Calif.
Co-founder, CEO: Abhishek Singh

Co-founder, VP, Engineering: Bhanu Gopalasetty

Total funds raised: $10 million

“Araali is a threat management solution for cloud-native environments. It can both detect as well as block threats. Powered by eBPF, you can enforce explicit policies for ‘who can do what’ in your virtual private cloud, blocking malicious code from establishing a backdoor or accessing our services.”

BastionZero

Year founded: 2020

Headquarters: Boston

Co-founder, CEO: Sharon Goldberg

Co-founder, CTO: Ethan Heilman

Total funds raised: $9 million

“BastionZero is a cloud service that offers engineering teams zero-trust access to their infrastructure (servers, clusters, databases, etc). They use novel cryptographic protocol design to ensure that a compromise of their service won‘t lead to a compromise of your infrastructure.”

Cado Security

Year founded: 2020

Headquarters: London, U.K.

Co-founder, CEO: James Campbell

Total funds raised: $11.5 million

“Cado Security provides a cloud investigation platform. Designed to bring incident response into the cloud era, the Cado Response platform delivers forensic-level detail into cloud, container and serverless environments. Cado simplifies cloud investigation and response by automating data capture and processing. The solution seamlessly presents incident evidence in a single timeline so that security teams can quickly dive into important data and identify incident scope and impact.”

Cycode

Year founded: 2019

Headquarters: San Francisco

Co-founder, CEO: Lior Levy

Co-founder, CTO: Ronen Slavin

Co-founder, VP, Engineering: Dor Atias

Total funds raised: $81 million

“Cycode is a complete software supply chain security solution that provides visibility, security, and integrity across all phases of the SDLC. Cycode integrates with DevOps tools and infrastructure providers, hardening their security postures by implementing consistent governance and reduces the risk of breaches with a series of scanning engines that look for issues like hardcoded secrets, infrastructure as code misconfigurations, code leaks and more.”

Dasera

Year founded: 2019

Headquarters: Mountain View, Calif.

Co-founder, CEO: Ani Chaudhuri

Co-founder, CTO: Dr. Noah Johnson

VP, Sales: David McCaw

Total funds raised: $9 million

“Dasera helps organizations operationalize their data governance programs. The Dasera platform continually monitors context and policy among all Data Governance stakeholders in an organization, including Security, Compliance, Privacy, and Data Owners. Dasera automatically integrates security and compliance at every phase of the data lifecycle, reduces risk, and radically improves cross-functional collaboration.”

Lightspin
Year founded: 2020
Headquarters: Tel Aviv, Israel
Co-founder, CEO: Vladi Sandler

Co-founder, CTO: Or Azarzar

Total funds raised: $20 million

“Lightspin is an agentless cloud security platform that provides the tools and insights to secure any cloud environment. Lightspin‘s graph-based solution views cloud environments and Kubernetes infrastructure from an attacker’s perspective to help organizations instantly identify, prioritize, and remediate any open attack paths—from code, to build time, to operations.”

Neosec

Year founded: 2020

Headquarters: Palo Alto, Calif.

Co-founder, CEO: Giora Engel

Co-founder, CTO: Ziv Sivan

Total funds raised: $20.7 million

“Neosec is developing application security with a platform that unifies security and development teams to protect modern applications from threats. The foundation of the SaaS platform is built on data and analytics to manage security at scale. Neosec prevents threats from abusing the complex network of APIs that connect today‘s businesses.”

Sevco Security

Year founded: 2020

Headquarters: Austin, Texas

Co-founder, CEO: J.J. Guy

Co-founder: Greg Fitzgerald

Total funds raised: $21.7 million

“Sevco’s Asset Operations Platform is a solution that continuously aggregates disparate sources of information to produce clean, correlated data that informs an accurate and comprehensive IT asset inventory. With continuous, real-time processing of IT asset inventory, Sevco’s platform allows enterprises to operationalize asset intelligence the same way that EDR enabled organizations to operationalize endpoint data.”

Talon Cyber Security  

Year founded: 2021

Headquarters: Tel Aviv, Israel

Co-founder, CEO: Ofer Ben-Noon

Co-founder, CTO: Ohad Bobrov

Total funds raised: $43 million (based on published reports)

“Talon modernizes security programs and improves user experiences for hybrid work by delivering a secure browser purpose-built for the enterprise. The TalonWork browser gives customers the deep security visibility and control over SaaS applications needed to simplify security for the future of work.”

Torq

Year founded: 2020
Headquarters:
Portland, Ore.
Co-founder, CEO:
Ofer Smadari

Co-founder, CTO: Leonid Belkind

Co-founder, Chief Innovation Officer: Eldad Livni

Total funds raised: $78 million

“Torq is a no-code automation platform for security teams. Torq allows any security professional to connect to any system, anywhere, and easily create automated workflows that streamline security processes. Fortune 100 enterprises and cutting-edge startups alike trust Torq to help them maximize their cybersecurity investments, respond to threats faster, and deliver protection at the speed of business.”

 

Jay Fitzgerald

Jay Fitzgerald is a senior editor covering cybersecurity for CRN. Jay previously freelanced for the Boston Globe, Boston Business Journal, Boston magazine, Banker & Tradesman, MassterList.com, Harvard Business School’s Working Knowledge, the National Bureau of Economic Research and other entities. He can be reached at jfitzgerald@thechannelcompany.com.

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