The 20 Coolest Cloud Security Vendors Of The 2017 Cloud 100

Coolest Cloud Security Vendors For 2017

As solution providers help businesses plan their move to the cloud, security companies are stepping up to the plate with new offerings to protect public, private and hybrid cloud environments. According to research firm MarketsandMarkets, the cloud security market is expected to reach $8.71 billion by 2019, up from $4.2 billion in 2014, representing a compound annual growth rate of 15.7 percent. Within that market, cloud security companies are looking to solve a wide range of challenges, including data protection, traffic visibility, segmentation, application security and more. Take a look at 20 companies making moves in cloud security this year.

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Cato Networks

Shlomo Kramer, CEO

Headquarters: Israel

Cato Networks is looking to redefine how companies do network security, using the cloud to consolidate WAN and internet traffic and then layer enterprise-grade security offerings on top. The startup officially launched in February 2015 with a 100 percent channel model.

Check Point Software Technologies

Gil Shwed, CEO

Headquarters: Israel

One of the biggest companies in the network security business, Check Point Software Technologies has built out an extensive cloud security portfolio that centers around its vSEC offering, which provides security for private and public cloud, as well as virtual data centers and NFV environments.


Pravin Kothari, CEO

Headquarters: San Jose, Calif.

CipherCloud, founded in 2010, has garnered top-notch venture capital attention for its cloud security and visibility offerings. The CipherCloud Trust Platform looks to provide a single offering for cloud data security and compliance, with capabilities for encryption, tokenization, activity monitoring, DLP and malware detection.

Cisco Security

Chuck Robbins, CEO

Headquarters: San Jose, Calif.

As Cisco looks to bring "security everywhere," it has been making big investments in its cloud security portfolio, including multiple recent acquisitions. Cisco now offers advanced threat protection, cloud access security brokerage, next-generation intrusion prevention, next-generation firewall, behavioral analtyics, email security and more for the cloud.

Dell Security

Michael Dell, CEO

Headquarters: Round Rock, Texas

While Dell has sold some of its security portfolio over the past year, the company maintains a strong cloud security business that looks to help customers manage applications, control data access across the cloud and simplify cloud governance, as well as services through its SecureWorks subsidiary.

Digital Guardian

Ken Levine, CEO

Headquarters: Waltham, Mass.

Digital Guardian provides data loss prevention and protection offerings across the network, cloud and mobile devices. Digital Guardian integrates with most major cloud storage providers for data protection and DLP, helping companies feel comfortable about data security when moving to the cloud.


Ken Xie, CEO

Headquarters: Sunnyvale, Calif.

Best known for its network security portfolio, Fortinet also has a lineup of offerings for private, public and hybrid cloud environments. That includes an SDN security framework, data center and virtual appliances, network segmentation capabilities, APIs for cloud automation and orchestration and integration with leading cloud platforms.


Paul Hooper, CEO

Headquarters: Santa Clara, Calif.

Gigamon is all about visibility, with its Gigamon Visibility Fabric providing active visibility into network traffic, including metadata, applications and encrypted traffic. As companies move to the cloud, that allows them to better manage, secure and analyze their traffic and data, no matter where it is.


John De Santis, CEO

Headquarters: Mountain View, Calif.

Hytrust looks to help companies make a secure move to the cloud, with offerings for authentication, configuration, cloud encryption, key management and more. Not only do these offerings help customers be more secure in the cloud, it also helps them meet regulatory compliance needs.


Peter Bauer, CEO

Headquarters: Watertown, Mass.

As more companies move their email to the cloud, Mimecast's cloud-based email security offerings help customers protect against data leaks, malware, spam and advanced threats. The company also offers cloud-based email archiving and continuity for Microsoft Office 365 and Exchange and Google’s G Suite.


Sanjay Beri, CEO

Headquarters: Los Altos, Calif.

Netskope's cloud access security brokerage offerings help clients enable and secure sanctioned cloud applications. The platform allows companies to add policies, access control, data governance, anomaly detection, analytics, forensics, risk management capabilities, and more as they roll out cloud offerings.

Palo Alto Networks

Mark McLaughlin, CEO

Santa Clara, Calif.

A leading pioneer in the network security market, Palo Alto Networks has extended its next-generation firewall portfolio to virtual environments, allowing customers to protect public cloud infrastructure, applications and data. The company's VM-Series includes capabilities for better visibility, application control, segmentation, policy enforcement, security management and more.


Philippe Courtot, CEO

Headquarters: Redwood City, Calif.

Qualys provides a single integrated security suite for customers and MSPs who want to consolidate their security and compliance solutions onto a single, cloud-based platform. The flagship Qualys Cloud Platform includes asset discovery, network security, threat protection, compliance monitoring and web app security.

Skyhigh Networks

Rajiv Gupta, CEO

Headquarters: Campbell, Calif.

As companies move to the cloud, Skyhigh Networks' cloud access security brokerage platform helps them gain visibility into cloud usage, meet compliance regulations, enforce security policies over cloud applications and detect threats. The company landed $40 million in funding last fall.


Kris Hagerman, CEO

Headquarters: Abingdon, U.K.

Sophos offers a full portfolio of security offerings, stretching from the endpoint to the network to the cloud. Sophos helps its SMB clients extend their firewalls to the public cloud, providing threat detection, visibility, auto scaling, automated deployment and configuration and a single platform across all environments.


Greg Clark, CEO

Headquarters: Mountain View, Calif.

Symantec made a big bet on its cloud security portfolio in 2016, acquiring Blue Coat Systems for $4.65 billion. The acquisition created a broad portfolio that spans across endpoint, email, DLP, data center, cloud security and secure web gateway offerings.


Ben Bernstein, CEO

Headquarters: San Francisco

Twistlock, whose name comes from a term for securing shipping containers in place, helps solve container security challenges with an offering for enterprises to monitor container application activity, establish security baselines and protect cloud and on-premise containers. The company landed $10 million in funding in 2016.


Peter Altabef, CEO

Headquarters: Blue Bell, Pa.

Unisys has a growing portfolio of cloud security offerings. Its Stealth offering secures virtual machines, integrating and automating security capabilities into the infrastructure, as well as encrypting data and traffic. It expanded to both Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure in 2016.


Timothy Eades, CEO

Headquarters: Mountain View, Calif.

vArmour looks to solve the challenge of distributed, multicloud environments – a security problem that only continues to grow as companies embrace hybrid cloud deployments. It uses software-based segmentation and micro-segmentation to gain better visibility, security and efficiency over critical applications and workloads in the cloud.


Jay Chaudhry, CEO

Headquarters: San Jose, Calif.

As the traditional security perimeter disappears, Zscaler looks to protect any device, anywhere with its Security Cloud offering. The offering leverages the cloud to scan all incoming and outgoing traffic from all devices, blocking threats and layering on security protections including APT protection, DLP, SSL decryption, policy management and more.