The 20 Coolest Cloud Security Vendors Of The 2018 Cloud 100

20 Coolest Cloud Security Vendors Of 2018

Soaring demand for cloud security is being fueled by everything from increased adoption of bring-your-own devices and connected devices to smart cities and government mandates around cloud adoption.

The cloud security market is expected to reach $12.73 billion in 2022, up from $4.09 billion in 2017, representing a compound annual growth rate of 25.5 percent, according to research firm MarketsandMarkets. Web and email security accounted for the largest share of the cloud security market in 2017, according to MarketsandMarkets. But application security is expected to grow the most rapidly over the next half-decade, the research firm found.


Rich Campagna, CEO

Headquarters: Campbell, Calif.

Bitglass was founded in January 2013 and began shipping a cloud access security broker tool one year later. The company is focused on sensitive data discovery, classification and protection, but also offers document management and protection capabilities such as watermarking and encryption methods that support search and sort.


Ed Macnair, CEO

Headquarters: Basingstoke, England

CensorNet was founded in February 2007 and began shipping a cloud access security broker eight years later. Derived from its existing secure web gateway platform, the company is positioned to capture traffic and see the flow of data to and from SaaS applications. The company also helps with compliance mandates by monitoring sensitive data and generating reports about what it sees.

Check Point Software Technologies

Gil Shwed, Founder, CEO

Headquarters: San Carlos, Calif.

Check Point's vSEC protects assets in the cloud from the most sophisticated threats with dynamic scalability, intelligent provisioning and consistent control across physical and virtual networks. vSEC is available for Cisco ACI, VMware NSX, OpenStack, AWS, Google Cloud Platform, Microsoft Azure and VMware vCloud Air.


Pravin Kothari, Founder, Chairman, CEO

Headquarters: San Jose, Calif.

CipherCloud was founded in October 2010 and began shipping a cloud access security broker just five months later. The company has in recent years expanded its data protection capabilities to cover a broader range of structured and unstructured data within SaaS applications. The company specializes in content and user activity monitoring, threat protection, cloud discovery and SaaS security posture assessment.


Matthew Moynahan, CEO

Headquarters: Austin, Texas

Forcepoint moved into the cloud access security broker space with its February 2017 purchase of Skyfence. The company supports API monitoring for five popular SaaS apps, as well as two PaaS/IaaS ecosystems. Forcepoint CASB has a governance offering for on-demand application and configuration assessment and an audit and protection offering for real-time monitoring and blocking.


Ken Xie, Founder, Chairman, CEO

Headquarters: Sunnyvale, Calif.

Fortinet has a single offering that provides comprehensive security for private, public and hybrid deployments before, during and after migration. Fortinet enables secure workloads in AWS, Microsoft Azure and OpenStack to ensure privacy and confidentiality. The company's SDN security framework, meanwhile, evolves network security in each conceptual layer of network architecture.


Christopher Hylen, President, CEO

Headquarters: Redwood Shores, Calif.

Imperva focuses on securing databases in the cloud, safeguarding applications in the public cloud, supporting hybrid deployments, and allowing for the management of data and application security from a single location. The company protects databases from attack, reduces risk, and streamlines compliance as databases are moved into AWS and Microsoft Azure.


Christopher Young, CEO

Headquarters: Santa Clara, Calif.

McAfee moved into the cloud access security broker space with its January 2018 purchase of Skyhigh Networks. The offering allows customers to perform security posture and risk assessments of sanctioned and unsanctioned cloud services. The company also provides data loss prevention, encryption, and tokenization of structured and unstructured data for popular SaaS applications.


Peter Bauer, CEO

Headquarters: Lexington, Mass.

Mimecast allows users to protect and manage their email in the cloud. The company's cloud security offering protects organizations from both commodity and targeted attacks regardless of whether they're using a cloud or on-premises email management system. Mimecast's services also include flexible and granular email security controls.


Sanjay Beri, CEO

Headquarters: Los Altos, Calif.

Netskope was founded in October 2012 and began shipping a cloud access security broker a year later. The company was one of the first CASB providers to emphasize cloud application discovery and SaaS security posture assessments as initial use cases. Netskope has in recent years added better user behavior analytics and alerting within managed and unmanaged SaaS applications.

Palo Alto Networks

Mark McLaughlin, CEO

Headquarters: Santa Clara, Calif.

Palo Alto Networks launched a cloud access security broker with built-in threat intelligence in September 2015 called Aperture. The offering is intended for existing Palo Alto Networks customers seeking cloud visibility and governance not available through the company's firewall alone. Aperture also provides sensitive data monitoring, malware detection and remediation, and risk identification and reporting.


Gary Steele, CEO

Headquarters: Sunnyvale, Calif.

Proofpoint moved into the cloud access security broker space with its October 2016 purchase of FireLayers. The company provides a cloud-based architecture that delivers a combination of proxies and API connectors across seven different global sites. Proofpoint offers capabilities around user behavior, data loss prevention, and policy restrictions.


Philippe Courtot, Chairman, CEO

Headquarters: Foster City, Calif.

Qualys Cloud Platform gives users a continuous assessment of their global security and compliance posture, with two-second visibility across all their IT assets regardless of where they reside. The platform automatically gathers and analyzes security and compliance data in a scalable, state-of-the-art back end, allowing for security to be built into digital transformation initiatives.


Sachin Nayyar, Founder, CEO

Headquarters: Los Angeles

Saviynt was founded in January 2010 and began shipping a cloud access security broker four and a half years later. The company's CASB is derived from Saviynt's identity and access governance platform, with available SaaS controls exhibiting a focus on identity. Saviynt is available either as SaaS or as an on-premises physical and virtual appliance.


Kris Hagerman, CEO

Headquarters: Oxfordshire, England

Sophos Cloud unifies endpoint, server, mobile and web protection within a single console. The offering includes server protection for Windows or Linux, mobile control for management of Android and iOS devices, mobile security to protect Android devices from malware, and web gateway for advanced web security and reporting.


Greg Clark, CEO

Headquarters: Mountain View, Calif.

Symantec entered the cloud access security broker space through its June 2016 acquisition of Blue Coat, which had in turn acquired two CASBs of its own. The renamed Symantec CloudSOC offers a complete multimode CASB with an optional data encryption/tokenization gateway. The company has incorporated cloud application discovery and security posture assessment capabilities into its management console.

Trend Micro

Eva Chen, CEO

Headquarters: Tokyo

Trend Micro has worked closely with AWS, Microsoft Azure and VMware Cloud on AWS to optimize the company's Deep Security product for those environments. Deep Security streamlines audit evidence gathering and enables continuous compliance for workloads in the cloud. The product also excels at automatically detecting new workloads and protecting them quickly.


Robert McCullen, President, CEO

Headquarters: Chicago

Trustwave Secure Web Gateway blocks new malware in real time with several advanced engines. The offering decrypts, unpacks and assembles web pages and exposes their malicious behavior. Trustwave creates policy, enforces rules, and prevents users from posting sensitive data to cloud drives, social media sites or sending it over webmail.


Jonas Hellgren, President, CEO

Headquarters: Boston

Vaultive Cloud Security Platform allows users to rapidly onboard mainstream cloud services and custom web applications, enabling organizations to quickly apply a broad set of cloud security protections to their data, including feature-preserving encryption capabilities. This allows organizations to address immediate business challenges while implementing a model for their ongoing cloud security needs.


Jay Chaudhry, Founder, CEO

Headquarters: San Jose, Calif.

Zscaler operates a massive, global cloud security architecture, delivering the entire gateway security stack as a service. The company provides fast, secure connections between users and applications, regardless of device, location or network. Gartner estimates that Zscaler has more than 55 percent of the market share for cloud-based secure web gateway services.