2019 Security 100: 20 Coolest Data Protection And Identity Access Management Vendors

Part five of CRN's 2018 Security 100 list looks at data protection and identity access management vendors such as CyberArk, Forcepoint, and Varonis that keep important data safe in the event of an attack.

Reinforcing The Walls

A rise in awareness about compliance management across various industries coupled with higher demand for mobility offerings has driven the adoption of identity and access management offerings for security purposes.

Leading the way will be the audit, compliance, and governance segment thanks to the traction it has gained in the public sector and utilities and retail verticals, where compliance management and the securing of data is crucial. The fastest-growing vertical is banking, financial services and insurance, where a rise in deployment has enabled line-of-business managers to make quick decisions.

Read on to see which 20 data protection and identity access management vendors have excelled in the past year at giving organizations peace of mind that their most important data and applications are safe.


Eugenio Pace, Co-Founder and CEO

Bellevue, Wash.

Auth0 in May closed a $55 million Series D round to continue innovation of its Universal Identity Platform and drive global expansion. Eight months later, the company said customers would be able to add the cost of an Auth0 Enterprise Subscription to their AWS bill, gaining fast, flexible access to cloud-based identity management.


Matt Dircks, CEO

Phoenix, Az.

Bomgar in July said it will acquire Avecto, whose Defendpoint technology combines privilege management and application control. Two months later, Bomgar acquired and took on the BeyondTrust name, creating a privilege security behemoth with more than 19,000 customers and $300 million in combined annual bookings.


Hock Tan, President and CEO

San Jose, Calif.

Broadcom’s secure switches address the need for higher bandwidth while providing a high level of performance, efficiency and scalability. The company acquired CA Technologies for $18.9 billion in November, whose mainframe security management technology increases data privacy while simplifying regulatory compliance.


Tim Steinkopf, CEO

Santa Clara, Calif.

Thoma Bravo agreed in July to buy a majority stake in Centrify, which was expected to help the company expand its product capabilities, both organically and through M&A. In October, the company announced Steinkopf’s appointment as CEO and the spinning off of its Identity-as-a-Service business into a stand-alone company.


Udi Mokady, Founder, Chairman & CEO

Newton, Mass.

CyberArk in March purchased certain assets of Vaultive to boost proactive cloud security controls and streamline the user experience for privileged accounts and cloud administrators. A month later, the company redoubled its efforts around MSSPs with multitenant and consumption-based pricing initiatives.

Digital Guardian

Mordecai Rosen, CEO

Waltham, Mass.

Digital Guardian unveiled a fully managed security program for resource-constrained hospitals, regional health-care systems, providers and other health-care organizations. The company also now delivers advanced analytics and anomaly-based detection on its Digital Protection Platform to give deeper insight into suspicious activities.


Jaspreet Singh, Founder and CEO

Sunnyvale, Calif.

The updated Druva Cloud Platform extends data protection and governance capabilities to SaaS, PaaS and IaaS deployments The company also acquired CloudRanger, which simplifies management and reduces costs associated with orchestrating the life-cycle management of enterprise workloads operating in AWS.


Matthew Moynahan, CEO

Austin, Texas

Forcepoint Web Security in March added additional CASB functionality to reduce security blindspots through real-time, inline visibility and control of sanctioned enterprise cloud applications. A month later, Forcepoint Dynamic Data Protection was unveiled to continuously assess risk and automatically provide proportional enforcement.


Fran Rosch, CEO

San Francisco, Calif.

ForgeRock and Deloitte teamed up t o m a k e all of ForgeRock’s identity offerings available as a managed service, enabling financial services, retail, and media businesses to create omnichannel experiences. The company also released the full ForgeRock Identity Platform deployable on any cloud with preconfigured installation packages.

ID Agent

Kevin Lancaster, CEO

Bowie, Mary.

ID Agent in November announced a technical integration with ConnectWise Manage, allowing users to establish workflows utilizing Dark Web ID exposure alerts from their Manage dashboard to boost response time. The company also expanded its partner success organization to provide more assistance.


Gus Malezis, President and CEO

Lexington, Mass.

Imprivata Mobile Device Access is a mobile authentication tool to ensure fast, secure access to clinical mobile devices and applications by removing adoption barriers. The company also has an online resource center to help health-care firms meet the Electronic Prescribing for Controlled Substances requirements taking effect in 2021.

Micro Focus

Stephen Murdoch, CEO

Newbury, U.K.

Micro Focus’ ArcSight Enterprise Security Manager 7.0 enables SOCs to become agile, expand their cyber security footprint, and respond quickly to evolving threats at massive scale. The company’s SecureData Sentry, meanwhile, helps reduce breach risks by deploying data security and enables privacy compliance for mission-critical applications.


Satya Nadella, CEO

Redmond, Wash.

Microsoft in April introduced new security features to its Microsoft 365 commercial cloud offering to professionals simplify how they manage security. Five months later, it launched Microsoft Secure Score, a report card that assesses Microsoft 365 customer environments and makes recommendations that can reduce breaches up to 30-fold.


Todd McKinnon, Co-Founder and CEO

San Francisco, Calif.

Okta’s context-based technology leverages device, IP and geolocation information to help businesses identity instances where a password might not be necessary for logging in. Okta also bought cyberstartup ScaleFT to enable customers to more easily validate users, devices, applications and network information and securely grant access to data.

One Identity

Jeff Hawn, Chairman and CEO

Aliso Viejo, Calif.

One Identity said in October that any customer with a support or maintenance contract with Bomgar, Lieberman or BeyondTrust could switch to One Identity for the price of their annual maintenance minus 10 percent plus two weeks of One Identity Services. A month later, the company tapped David Earhart to serve as president.

Ping Identity

Andre Durand, CEO

Denver, Colo.

Ping Identity in June purchased Elastic Beam to provide a level of access control at the API level that can’t be achieved without big data, machine learning or AI. In January, the company updated PingIntelligence for APIs with an AI-based cloud trial, the ability to detect new types of attacks and support for Splunk environments.


Mark McClain, Co-Founder and CEO

Austin, Texas

SailPoint has extended identity governance to data stored in files like spreadsheets with enhanced risk-based alerts identifying suspicious behavior. The company has additionally expanded the definitions of identities beyond humans, providing the ability to govern software bots and robotic process automation bots.

Thales Group

Patrice Caine, Chairman and CEO

La Defense, France

Gemalto (which is being bought by Thales) in May made its SafeNet Data Protection on Demand available as a managed service. Three months later, Gemalto unveiled a key management offering to extend data protection policies to the cloud and centralize encryption and key management operations across multiple clouds.


Rick Trainor, CEO, LexisNexus Risk Solutions, Business Services

San Jose, Calif.

ThreatMetrix in April delivered the first product integrations between ThreatMetrix and LexisNexis Risk Solutions, with ThreatMetrix ID incorporating user identifiers from customers or technology partners. Six months later, the company teamed up with SAS to help creditors better establish the “who” behind online credit applications.


Yaki Faitelson, CEO, President, Co-Founder, and Chairman of the Board

New York, NY

Varonis DataPrivilege and RSA Identity Governance and Lifecycle are now interoperable, allowing joint customers to secure unstructured data, address compliance requirements and reduce risk. The company also updated the Varonis Data Security Platform with new cloud and advanced threat detection and response capabilities.