Emerging Security Vendors To Know In 2021

As part of CRN’s Emerging Vendors for 2021, here are 59 hot security startups, founded in 2015 or later, that solution providers should be aware of.

The New Generation Of Security Companies

With state-sponsored attacks like the massive SolarWinds hack and an exploding number of ransomware incidents, improving security has risen to the top of most IT management agendas in 2021—if it wasn’t there already.

The IT threat landscape is ever changing as cybercriminals devise new ways to attack IT networks operated by businesses, organizations and government entities. And that means IT security technology must continually evolve to keep up with the bad guys.

The defense systems of many corporate IT networks rely heavily on products developed by established IT security vendors. But some of the most innovative security technologies and services today are being developed by a wave of startups. They include technology for identifying IT system vulnerabilities, managing security across hybrid cloud/multi-cloud systems, building security into DevOps processes, protecting data distributed across global networks, protecting IoT and edge devices, and even hunting down and neutralizing threats before an attack.

As part of CRN’s Emerging Vendors for 2021, here are 59 hot IT security startups, founded in 2015 or later, that solution providers should be aware of.

AaDya Security

Founded: 2019

Top Executive: Raffaele Mautone, Founder, CEO

AaDya Security provides simple, effective and affordable cybersecurity offerings for small and midsize businesses. The company’s all-in-one platform, powered by an AI and ML assistant/agent, provides 24/7, enterprise-grade protection and support.


Founded: 2019

Top Executive: Piyush Sharrma, Co-Founder, CEO

Cloud security startup Accurics enables compliance, governance and security across cloud-native infrastructure throughout the DevOps life cycle. The Accurics platform programmatically detects and fixes cloud infrastructure misconfigurations in design, build and runtime.


Founded: 2016

Top Executive: Robert Johnson, CEO

Adlumin’s advanced security and compliance automation platform is built for corporate organizations that demand commercial bank-grade, innovative cybersecurity offerings and easy-to-use, comprehensive reporting tools.


Founded: 2018

Top Executive: Brendan O’Connor, Co-Founder, CEO

AppOmni is a leading provider of SaaS security management software. Its patented technology provides comprehensive security for enterprise SaaS environments and helps protect companies against the most common SaaS vulnerabilities.

Aqua Security

Founded: 2015

Top Executive: Dror Davidoff, Co-Founder, CEO

Aqua Security develops a complete cloud-native security platform for the entire application stack, from development to production, across virtual machines, containers and serverless workloads. In March Aqua completed a $135 million Series E funding round.


Founded: 2015

Top Executive: Yevgeny Dibrov, Co-Founder, CEO

The Armis agentless, enterprise-class security platform addresses the threat landscape of unmanaged and IoT devices. Armis discovers devices on and off a network and analyzes device behavior to identify risks and attacks.

Axis Security

Founded: 2018

Top Executive: Dor Knafo, Founder, CEO

Axis Security’s zero trust SASE platform provides secure access to applications without the need for VPNs, network changes or agents on every device, making zero trust application access simple and secure.


Founded: 2017

Top Executive: Dean Sysman, Co-Founder, CEO

Axonius is a leader in cybersecurity asset management. Through integration with more than 300 vendor tools, Axonius creates a comprehensive asset inventory, uncovers security coverage gaps, and validates and enforces security policies.


Founded: 2017

Top Executive: Jim Rosenthal, CEO

Managed cybersecurity company BlueVoyant works with channel partners to provide endpoint detection and incident response, vulnerability management, cyber-risk management, digital risk protection and cyberforensics services.


Founded: 2018

Top Executive: Steve Fuller, Co-Founder, CEO

Blumira develops cloud-based automated threat detection and response technology. The company’s platform helps midmarket organizations with limited security resources or expertise to prevent, detect and respond to cybersecurity threats in near-real-time.

Cigent Technology

Founded: 2018

Top Executive: Bradley Rowe, Co-Founder, CEO

Cigent Data Defense protects data even after a security breach. Self-defending SSDs provide advanced cybersecurity as close to data as possible and zero trust multifactor authentication protects endpoint, network, cloud and shared data.


Founded: 2018

Top Executive: John Morgan, CEO

Confluera’s next-generation cloud cybersecurity detection and response platform tracks the sequence of cyberattack steps in real time. Its machine learning technology automates correlating events and removes the complexity of manually analyzing systems.


Founded: 2016

Top Executive: Greg Edwards, CEO

CryptoStopper automatically detects and stops actively running ransomware attacks. The company’s offering is delivered through and supported by MSPs and MSSPs.


Founded: 2015

Top Executive: Adi Dar, CEO

Cyberbit is a leading provider of cybersecurity skills development offerings. Cyberbit’s platform provides simulation-based skilling, trainin, and assessments for SOC professionals and is proven to dramatically increase security team performance.


Founded: 2015

Top Executive: Fred Kneip, CEO

The CyberGRX platform uses advanced automation and automation to provide comprehensive third-party cyber-risk management and identify, assess, mitigate and monitor an organization’s risk exposure across its vendor, partner and customer ecosystem.

CyberSaint Security

Founded: 2016

Top Executive: Robert Forman, CEO

CyberSaint empowers organizations to build cybersecurity programs that are clear, actionable and measurable. CyberSaint‘s CyberStrong platform empowers security teams and CISOs to measure, mitigate and communicate risk with agility and alignment.


Founded: 2017

Top Executive: Rob Gurzeev, Co-Founder, CEO

The CyCognito platform delivers attack surface protection by combining advanced external attack surface management capabilities with automated multifactor testing to discover the paths of least resistance attackers use to compromise organizations.


Founded: 2019

Top Executive: Ani Chaudhuri, Co-Founder, CEO

Dasera enables safe use of sensitive data by securing the entire data life cycle in cloud data stores. It detects where sensitive data is stored, tracks data lineage, understands how data is used and highlights risky behaviors.


Founded: 2019

Top Executive: Charlie Thomas, CEO

Deepwatch protects enterprise networks and digital assets, 24/7/365. Its highly automated, cloud-based SOC platform—backed by a world-class team of experts —extends security teams and proactively improves cybersecurity posture.


Founded: 2017

Top Executive: Andrew Rinaldi, Co-Founder

Defendify streamlines cybersecurity for organizations without security teams. Its all-in-one platform continuously strengthens cybersecurity posture across people, processes and technology using automation and expertise for cybersecurity assessments, testing, preparation, education and protection.


Founded: 2020

Top Executive: Adam Gavish, Co-Founder, CEO

DoControl helps organizations prevent data breaches and achieve balance between security and business enablement on popular SaaS applications. DoControl provides the automated, self-service tools security teams need for data access monitoring, orchestration and remediation.

Enso Security

Founded: 2020

Top Executive: Roy Erlich, Co-Founder, CEO

The Enso Security application security posture management platform creates an actionable, unified inventory of all application assets, their owners, security posture and associated risk, allowing software security groups to systematically protect applications.


Founded: 2019

Top Executive: Shai Morag, CEO

Businesses using public cloud platforms are exposed to security risks from excessive permissions extended to human and machine identities accessing company resources. Ermetic enables automatic discovery and mitigation of access- and entitlement-related risks.


Founded: 2015

Top Executive: Kyle Hanslovan, Co-Founder, CEO

The Huntress ThreatOps platform focuses on a specific set of attack surfaces, vulnerabilities and exploits, helping IT service providers find and stop hidden threats that get past preventive security tools.

Immersive Labs

Founded: 2017

Top Executive: James Hadley, CEO

The Immersive Labs platform helps large companies and government organizations upskill, exercise and measure the effectiveness of human cyber assets, building cyber readiness in cybersecurity personnel, senior management and development teams.


Founded: 2015

Top Executive: Guy Nizan, Co-Founder, CEO

Intsights provides external cyberthreat intelligence capabilities that enable security teams to defend against a rapidly evolving threat landscape while significantly reducing security team workloads. Rapid7 just acquired IntSights in July for $335 million.


Founded: 2017

Top Executive: Jim Schaper, CEO

From mobile devices to virtual desktop infrastructure, Ivanti’s automation platform discovers, manages, secures and services IT assets from cloud to endpoints, enabling corporate data to flow across devices and servers.


Founded: 2018

Top Executive: Erkang Zheng, CEO

JupiterOne’s cyber asset management and governance offering provides visibility and security into an organization’s cyber asset universe, allowing enterprises in the SaaS, financial technology and health-care industries to ensure they are compliant and secure.

Karamba Security

Founded: 2016

Top Executive: Ami Dotan, Co-Founder, CEO

Karamba Security offers software and services to protect connected IoT and edge devices from cyberattacks without making changes to R&D processes, supply chain modules, operating systems or hardware. Karamba currently protects 12 million devices.


Founded: 2020

Top Executive: Vladi Sandler, Co-Founder, CEO

Lightspin’s contextual cloud security platform protects cloud and Kubernetes environments from build to runtime, examining an organization’s cloud environment from an attacker perspective to identify, prioritize and fix open attack paths.


Founded: 2020

Top Executive: Joel Fulton, CEO

The Lucidum asset discovery platform eliminates blind spots across cloud, security and IT operations. Fortune 500 companies rely on Lucidum’s patent-pending machine learning technology to discover, triangulate, identify and secure all IT assets.


Founded: 2017

Top Executive: Jonathan Langer, Co-Founder, CEO

Medigate’s Device Security Platform provides health-care delivery organizations with the insight, protection and analytics needed to ensure health-care operations runs smoothly. MDSP provides actionable insight that drives informed decisions across the organization.


Founded: 2018

Top Executive: Barrett Lyon, Co-Founder, CEO

Netography provides network detection and response capabilities to defend against global threats that existing technologies miss. Netography helps companies gain visibility into on-premises, cloud and hybrid network environments to eliminate blind spots.

Obsidian Security

Founded: 2017

Top Executive: Hasan Imam, CEO

Obsidian’s cloud detection and response technology closes security and compliance gaps across interconnected SaaS applications like Salesforce, Workday and Microsoft 365, protecting against insider threats, access misuse, data leaks, excessive privileges and weak security posture.

One Identity

Founded: 2016

Top Executive: Patrick Nichols, CEO

One Identity helps organizations achieve identity-centered security. Its broad and integrated portfolio of identity governance and privileged access management solutions help organizations achieve security by placing identities at the core of security initiatives.

Orca Security

Founded: 2019

Top Executive: Avi Shua, Co-Founder, CEO

Orca Security’s cloud-native offering provides workload-deep security and compliance for Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, and Google Cloud Platform. The system detects malware, misconfigurations and other vulnerabilities—all without gaps in coverage, alert fatigue and the operational costs of agents.


Founded: 2015

Top Executive: Greg Murphy, President, CEO

The Ordr platform provides real-time asset inventory, behavior profiling and automated policies to secure all devices—including traditional IT devices, IoT devices and operation technology—and enforce zero trust policies.

Perimeter 81

Founded: 2018

Top Executive: Amit Baraket, Co-Founder, CEO

Perimeter 81 is a leading secure Network-as-a-Service provider, helping organizations rapidly scale their networks and ensure secure remote access, regardless of where and how their employees work.


Founded: 2016

Top Executive: Balaji Ganesan, Co-Founder, CEO

Privacera’s SaaS-based data security and governance platform enables analytics teams to access data without compromising compliance with regulations such as GDPR, CCPA, LGPD and HIPAA, securing sensitive data across multiple cloud services.


Founded: 2019

Top Executive: Guru Pai, Co-Founder, CE

Privafy’s Security as a Service creates a secure, private network on public networks, providing security for data-in-motion. Privafy offerings incorporate encryption, firewall and identity endpoint technology to protect data as it travels between locations, clouds, mobile and IoT.

QuoLab Technologies

Founded: 2019

Top Executive: Daniel Young, President, CEO

QuoLab develops a data-centric security operations platform for analyzing, investigating and responding to threats within an integrated ecosystem. QuoLab’s technology fuses external threat intelligence, internal data sources and user supplied data.

Red Sift

Founded: 2015

Top Executive: Rahul Powar, Founder, CEO

Red Sift’s data analysis platform, purpose-built for cybersecurity, closes the net on the phishing problem by blocking outbound phishing attacks and analyzing the security of inbound communications for companywide email threat intelligence.


Founded: 2017

Top Executive: Michael Fraser, Co-Founder, CEO

The Refactr DevSecOps automation platform enables collaboration between DevOps and cybersecurity teams. Utilizing existing DevOps and security tools through DevSecOps pipelines, Refactr helps organizations modernize and continuously automate securely and seamlessly.


Founded: 2015

Top Executive: Timothy Keeler, Founder, CEO

Remediant SecureOne enables agentless discovery and removal of unnecessary administrative access from endpoints. Organizations add privileged access with multifactor authentication for zero trust security, reducing attack surfaces and preventing lateral movement attacks.

Salt Security

Founded: 2016

Top Executive: Roey Eliyahu, Co-Founder, CEO

Salt Security protects APIs across the complete build, deploy and runtime life cycle. The platform discovers all APIs and the sensitive data they expose, stops API attackers, and prevents data exfiltration, account takeovers and service disruption.


Founded: 2019

Top Executive: Eldad Chai, Co-Founder, CEO

Satori’s Universal Data Access service helps organizations move away from legacy data administration to modern DataSecOps. The cloud-native platform finds, classifies and controls data from a single control plane, improving data access, security and governance.


Founded: 2019

Top Executive: Bob Lam, Co-Founder, CEO

ShardSecure’s approach to data security uses microshard technology to automatically shred, mix and distribute data, eliminating sensitivity and reducing the attack surface. ShardSecure provides data security, privacy and compliance beyond encryption for enterprise customers.


Founded: 2016

Top Executive: Hed Kovetz, CEO

Silverfort’s Unified Identity Protection Platform consolidates IAM security controls across hybrid and multi-cloud environments to block identity-based attacks. It enables multifactor and risk-based authentication and zero trust policies without requiring agents, proxies or code changes.


Founded: 2015

Top Executive: Peter McKay, CEO

Snyk’s cloud-native platform enables developers to build secure applications. Snyk secures critical application development components including code, open-source libraries, container infrastructure and infrastructure-as-code, enabling companies to securely scale digital transformation initiatives.

Stellar Cyber

Founded: 2015

Top Executive: Changming Liu, Co-Founder, CEO

Stellar Cyber’s intelligent, next-generation security operations platform provides high-speed, high-fidelity threat detection and response across the entire attack surface. The Open-XDR platform is an easy-to-use investigation and automated response system that enhances existing security tools.

Strata Identity

Founded: 2019

Top Executive: Eric Olden, President

Strata’s identity orchestration offering automates multi/hybrid cloud identity management. Companies don’t need to replace identity systems or rewrite applications to make them compatible with new identity systems, avoiding integration and migration time and costs.

Tala Security

Founded: 2016

Top Executive: Aanand Krishnan, Founder, CEO

Tala delivers automated data protection and data privacy to web applications and websites. Tala’s delivery model includes simplified integration and has zero impact on website performance or user experience.

Third Wall

Founded: 2015

Top Executive: Scott T. Springer, Founder, CEO

Third Wall’s software plug-in for ConnectWise Automate gives greater control to the MSP/TSP to lock down customers’ cybersecurity settings, dramatically reducing their risk profile, and detects and responds to ransomware and brute force attacks.


Founded: 2017

Top Executive: Danny Jenkins, CEO

Threatlocker develops zero trust security technology, including application whitelisting and ringfencing tools, that provide organizations with control over what software can run on a network, and by whom and what data can be accessed.


Founded: 2015

Top Executive: John Nellen, CEO

Todyl integrates networking and security into a single cloud platform for MSPs and MSSPs. Todyl aggregates next-generation firewall, secure DNS, IDS/IPS, SSL inspection, web proxy, content filtering, Wi-Fi security, privacy, SIEM and more into a unified platform.


Founded: 2015

Top Executive: Sameer Malhotra, CEO

TrueFort Fortress, an application-centric security offering, provides visibility and protection for modern application workloads across multi/hybrid clouds and data centers. Fortress automates application self-protection, preventing application compromise, undetected lateral movement and data exfiltration.


Founded: 2016

Top Executive: Filip Kaliszan, Co-Founder, CEO

Verkada modernizes physical security with a software-first approach. Command, Verkada’s centralized cloud-based management platform, manages video security, access control and environmental sensors. Verkada’s hybrid devices leverage on-board processing to deliver advanced analytics insight.


Founded: 2020

Top Executive: Assaf Rappaport, Co-Founder, CEO

The Wiz system analyzes vulnerabilities across the full cloud stack (cloud services, VM, containers and serverless). It combines that information into a single graph to correlate and identify attack vectors, enabling customers to build safer cloud environments.

Xage Security

Founded: 2016

Top Executive: Duncan Greatwood, CEO

Xage is a leading zero trust security company. The Xage Fabric secures the digitization of enterprises across OT, IT and cloud. The Fabric powers the Xage Identity & Access Management, Zero Trust Remote Access and Dynamic Data Security offerings.