2019 Security 100: 20 Coolest Email, Web And Application Security Vendors

Part four of CRN's 2019 Security 100 list looks at companies like Barracuda, Trustwave, and Zscaler that are changing the game around web, email and application security.

Securing Applications From A To Z

Organizations across the world are deploying application security tools to safeguard their web and mobile applications as business applications increasingly become the victim of breaches.

Growth in the application security market is being driven by the need to protect enterprise applications and data from sophisticated application layer attacks, the need to adhere to government regulations, and the increased usage of third-party applications. As a result, businesses are adopting static, dynamic, and interactive application security testing offerings.

Here's a look at 20 web, email, and application security companies that are keeping up with the latest threats and increasing their relevance to customers.


Ravi Khatod, CEO

Foster City, Calif.

Agari in September hired its first channel marketing and channel sales leaders and unveiled a three-tier partner program to increase business flowing through solution providers. Three months later, it launched the Agari Cyber Intelligence Division, a counterintelligence team dedicated to conducting business email compromise and spearphishing investigations.

Alert Logic

Bob Lyons, CEO

Houston, Texas

Alert Logic unveiled its first partner program in October, formalizing tiers and a discount structure to help land new partners and generate more business with existing ones. The company later rolled out SIEMless Threat Management, which connects platform, intelligence and experts to address threats and compliance risks across any environment at a lower cost.


BJ Jenkins, President and CEO

Campbell, Calif.

Barracuda’s cloud-delivered web application firewall protects websites and web applications against advanced Layer 7 attacks, OWASP Top 10, bots, DDoS, and zero-day threats. The company combined its email-focused advanced threat protection, spearphishing and end-user training capabilities into one SKU to ease management.


Emmanuel Benzaquen, CEO

Ramat Gan, Israel

Checkmarx in October signed Fishtech Group as a reseller of its Software Exposure Platform, which will help customers fight software exposure risk and release secure software faster. A month later, it acquired Custodela to provide customers with expert services in software security deployment and automation to mitigate software exposure risk across the life cycle.


Melih Abdulhayoğlu, Founder and Chairman

Clifton, N.J.

Comodo Cybersecurity’s Comodo Dome Shield Platinum relies on a highly configurable web filter to check the content and reputation of sites based on safety and appropriateness. The company’s Managed Detection and Response tool, meanwhile, brings advanced enterprise-grade security to SMB and state and local government customers.


Manuel Medina, Chairman and CEO

Coral Gables, Fl.

Cyxtera Technologies in April released AppGate SDP 4.0, allowing firms to curb the epidemic of security compromises created by over-privileged access and obsolete physical perimeter tools. Two months later, it debuted AppGate as a Service, a managed security tool built around AppGate SDP to secure any application, on any platform, in any place.


John Merrill, CEO

Lehi, Utah

Digicert’s Secure Site provides access to advanced global PKI infrastructure, priority entry to global validation and support in multiple languages, and early use of new features. The company also completed its acquisition of QuoVadis, which offers EU and Swiss Qualified digital certificate and electronic signature services.

F5 Networks

François Locoh-Donou, President, CEO and Director

Seattle, Wash.

F5 in April debuted an Advanced Web Application Firewall offering that delivers protection for all apps as well as flexible consumption models. In July it introduced new offerings that provide advanced access controls and dedicated SSL visibility with orchestration capabilities to help thwart sophisticated attacks.


Christopher Hylen, President and CEO

Redwood Shores, Calif.

Imperva in July unveiled plans to buy Prevoty for $140 million to enable customers using agile development to natively build security into their applications, extending its reach into the DevOps market. Three months later, Thoma Bravo announced plans to acquire Imperva for $2.1 billion to provide the company with greater flexibility.

Menlo Security

Amir Ben-Efraim, Co-Founder and CEO

Palo Alto, Calif.

Menlo Security joined the Palo Alto Networks NextWave Partner Ecosystem to provide joint customers with another technique to eliminate the risk of exploitations. The company’s Isolation-Based Secure Web Gateway prevents advanced web-born threats and phishing attacks with a cloud-based service.


Peter Bauer, CEO

London, England

Mimecast in July acquired cybersecurity training startup Ataata to offer customers a cloud platform engineered to mitigate risk and reduce employee security errors. That same month, it purchased Solebit for $88 million to help customers recognize when there is malicious code embedded within active content and data files.


Mark Hurd and Safra Catz, Co-CEOs

Redwood City, Calif.

Oracle's cloud services help secure customer data, combat cyber threats, and improve the security of applications deployed on the Oracle Cloud Infrastructure. It also announced general availability of Java Card 3.1, which provides the flexibility to meet the security requirements of existing secure chips and emerging IoT technologies.


Gary Steele, CEO and Chairman of the Board

Sunnyvale, Calif.

Proofpoint announced the availability of Proofpoint Cloud Account Defense to detect and proactively protect Microsoft Office 365 accounts, preventing attackers from causing financial and data loss. It also launched a tool that allows security professionals to identify the attacked people within their company and select policies to better secure them.


Philippe Courtot, Chairman and CEO

Foster City, Calif.

Qualys in October purchased Layered Insight to enhance its ability to set policies and automate enforcement for workloads running inside containerized and serverless environments. Four months later, it purchased the software assets of Adya to help businesses consolidate administration of their SaaS applications.


Roy Zisapel, CEO and President

Tel Aviv, Israel

Radware introduced Application Analytics for its Cloud WAF Service, which takes raw security alerts and consolidates them into a small set of recurring user activities. It also agreed to buy ShieldSquare, whose cloud-based, anti-bot offering helps online businesses differentiate between human and non-human traffic online.


Ahmed Rubaie, Chairman and CEO

Irvine, Calif.

SecureAuth's Visual Identity Suite improves the accuracy of role design and certifications with the ability to see user access and entitlements. The company also added machine learning to its adaptive access control offering to make it easier to find anomalies or inconsistencies in large data sets that signal the presence of an attacker.


Art Wong, CEO

Chicago, Ill.

Trustwave in April unveiled a new cybersecurity consulting practice to help enterprises bolster their security capabilities. Nine months later, it debuted Trustwave Secure Email Gateway 8.2, which addresses targeted phishing campaigns, complex policy control and is the industry’s first to support Microsoft Azure Rights Management.


Sam King, CEO

Burlington, Mass.

Veracode in March announced the evolution of Veracode Verified, a program that provides third-party validation of a company’s secure software developing processes to lower the risk of delayed or lost revenue. Nine months later, the company was purchased by Thoma Bravo for $950 million in cash.


Pat Gelsinger, CEO

Palo Alto, Calif.

VMware enhanced its Workspace ONE platform to make it the first intelligence-driven digital workspace to improve user experience and enable predictive security across the perimeter-less environment. The company also introduced the vSphere Platinum Edition to better secure customer applications and infrastructure.


Jay Chaudhry, CEO, Chairman and Founder

San Jose, Calif.

Zscaler in March closed a $220.8 million IPO and revealed that partners accounted for over 90 percent of revenue. Five months later, the company purchased the development team and AI and machine-learning technology of TrustPath, a security startup focused on enhancing security efficacy and accelerating incident response.