Emerging Security Vendors To Know In 2019

As part of CRN's Emerging Vendors for 2019, here are 46 hot security startups, founded in 2013 or later, that solution providers should be aware of.

The New Generation Of Security Leaders

Cybersecurity remains the hottest industry segment for IT startups: This year's Emerging Vendors list includes an impressive 46 companies. As the frequency and types of security threats proliferate – a glance at the headlines makes clear how prevalent ransomware, phishing and other threats have become – so does the number of startups developing innovative technologies to fight those threats.

Major vendors such as Cisco, Fortinet, Palo Alto Networks, Sophos and Symantec may dominate much of the security technology market. But the types of cybersecurity threats are changing rapidly and startups are sometimes more nimble in developing the leading-edge technology needed to counter new attack vectors and help businesses protect themselves.

As part of CRN's 2019 Emerging Vendors list, here are 46 hot security startups, all founded in 2013 or later, that solution providers should be aware of.


Founded: 2013

Top Executive: Hugh Njemanze, CEO

Anomali develops a comprehensive platform for security threat detection, investigation and response. Last year the company moved to expand its channel ecosystem with the launch of new partner resources including developer kits for threat intelligence, integration and enrichment.

Aqua Security

Founded: 2015

Top Executive: Dror Davidoff, Co-Founder, CEO

Aqua Security provides the Aqua Cloud Native Security Platform for securing container-based and cloud-native applications. The system provides full life-cycle security for container-based and serverless applications from the continuous integration/continuous delivery pipeline to runtime production environments, helping organizations gain end-to-end visibility and protect their applications.


Founded: 2015

Top Executive: Yevgeny Dibrov, Co-Founder, CEO

Armis' agentless platform discovers all managed and unmanaged devices within an environment (including laptops, smartphones and VoIP phones, cameras, printers, digital assistants and even "smart building" systems), analyzes their behavior to identify risks or attacks, and protects critical business information.


Founded: 2013

Top Executive: Eugenio Pace, Co-Founder, CEO

Auth0's Identity-as-a-Service platform provides universal authentication and authorization for web, mobile, IoT and internal applications. A $103 million funding Series E round in May put the company over the $1 billion valuation mark.


Founded: 2015

Top Executive: Gaurav Banga, Co-Founder, CEO

Balbix BreachControl leverages specialized AI to provide predictive assessment and prioritization of security breach risk. Designed for CxOs and security teams, Balbix provides a searchable risk map, forecasts critical breach scenarios and prioritizes fixes by business risk.


Founded: 2013

Top Executive: Nat Kausik, CEO

Bitglass provides a cloud security access broker offering that delivers zero-day, agentless data and threat protection for applications and devices, helping enterprises securely move to SaaS-based and mobile deployments.


Founded: 2014

Top Executive: Amir Zilberstein, Co-Founder, CEO

Claroty's integrated platform provides 100 percent visibility into industrial networks for cyberthreat protection, detection and response. It is designed specifically for industrial control networks and will "do no harm" to the underlying industrial processes running on critical networks.

Code Dx

Founded: 2015

Top Executive: Anita D'Amico, CEO

Code Dx helps companies and governments manage the biggest threats to data protection from software applications. Customers, including the U.S. Department of Defense and finance and health- care organizations, use the platform to provide a single place to manage all application issues, provide visibility and lower application security costs.

Contrast Security

Founded: 2014

Top Executive: Alan Naumann, President, CEO

Contrast Security describes its self-protecting software as a “vaccine” for applications, automatically detecting and fixing vulnerabilities and defending against targeted attacks and bots without scanning or scheduling to eliminate risk to applications and data.


Founded: 2013

Top Executive: Guy Moskowitz, Founder, CEO

Coronet provides data breach protection, monitoring an organization's use of cloud applications such as Office 365 and G-Suite for data leaks, cyberthreats and regulatory violations. In May the company expanded its channel outreach with a new MSP program.


Founded: 2015

Top Executive: Adi Dar, Founder, CEO

Cyberbit provides cyber range training and simulation platforms, offering detection, response, automation and orchestration products across IT and operational technology networks.


Founded: 2013

Top Executive: Omer Schneider, Co-Founder, CEO

CyberX is building the financial infrastructure for digital currency assets based on blockchain technology and utilizing the latest advancements in mathematical modeling, deep learning, financial engineering and data mining.

Cyxtera Technologies

Founded: 2017

Top Executive: Manuel Medina, CEO

Cyxtera provides advanced cybersecurity combined with data center co-location services for securing and supporting IT systems and applications. In April the company unveiled Risk Orchestrator, enabling multiple Cyxtera anti-fraud products to share intelligence for more effective fraud case management.


Founded: 2013

Top Executive: Nicole Eagan, CEO

Darktrace provides autonomous response cybersecurity technology, known as the Enterprise Immune System, which applies artificial intelligence to a range of cyberthreats including insider attacks, latent vulnerabilities, cloud-based threats and state-sponsored espionage.


Founded: 2013

Top Executive: Brian Johnson, CEO

DivvyCloud monitors and remediates cloud and container misconfigurations and policy violations. Enterprise customers deploy DivvyCloud to gain the benefits of self-service access by developers to multi-cloud services without the typical security and compliance complications.

Edgewise Networks

Founded: 2016

Top Executive: Peter Smith, Founder, CEO

Edgewise improves network security, proactively preventing application compromise and attack progression by network-borne threats by allowing only trusted applications to communicate over approved network paths. In May the company received patents that cover key elements for automating micro-segmentation to enable zero trust security.


Founded: 2014

Top Executive: Roy Katmor, Co-Founder, CEO

EnSilo's real-time automated endpoint security system protects endpoints pre- and post-infection, stops data breaches in real time and orchestrates incident investigation and response. The company recently debuted version 4.0 of the enSilo Endpoint Security Platform and raised $23 million in Series B funding.


Founded: 2013

Top Executive: Nir Polak, Co-Founder, CEO

The Exabeam Security Management Platform is a SIEM (security information and event management) system that detects, investigates and responds to cyberattacks. Exabeam has been expanding its cloud security capabilities, recently acquiring SkyFormation, an Israel-based cloud application security company.


Founded: 2013

Top Executive: Chris Jordan, Founder, CEO

Fluency is a pioneer in central log management and security analytics. Its patented technology merges and analyzes data in real time, providing fast and efficient response. Fluency addresses three simple requirements: capacity, correlation and retention.


Founded: 2013

Top Executive: Ambuj Kumar, Co-Founder, CEO

Fortanix provides its Self-Defending Key Management Service (SDKMS) for the enterprise. SDKMS combines hardware security module and key management capabilities with software-defined flexibility and a scale-out architecture for modern cloud applications.


Founded: 2018

Top Executive: Danny Kibel, CEO

Idaptive's Identity-as-a-Service offering provides secure access through a zero trust approach. Its next-gen access cloud combines single sign-on, behavior analytics, and endpoint and mobile context in a single platform that enables customers to intelligently verify and validate people, devices and services.

Illusive Networks

Founded: 2014

Top Executive: Ofer Israeli, Founder, CEO

Illusive Networks' network security monitoring system uses deception technology to detect and reduce the risk of human-driven cyberattacks. The new Illusive Attack Intelligence System, unveiled in February, empowers security teams to respond more quickly and effectively to attacks in progress.


Founded: 2014

Top Executive: Curtis Hutcheson, CEO

The Infocyte Hunt platform simplifies and streamlines proactive cybersecurity operations at the host/endpoint level. Infocyte Hunt helps security teams control dwell time and eliminate threats by automatically hunting, detecting and responding to sophisticated cyberattacks that have bypassed existing tools/controls to persist undetected within an environment.


Founded: 2015

Top Executive: David McGillivray, Founder and Managing Partner

InterGrid's JetStream is a complete private-label cybersecurity services program that enables partners to offer a full scope of cybersecurity services under their brand without the large capital outlay or risk typically associated with building a cybersecurity practice from scratch.

IronNet Cybersecurity

Founded: 2014

Top Executives: Keith Alexander, Founder and Co-CEO, and William Welch, Co-CEO

IronNet's cybersecurity system provides advanced defensive capabilities against sophisticated nation-state-level attacks to secure enterprises and governments. Products include the IronDefense network traffic analysis software and the IronDome collective defense solution.


Founded: 2013

Top Executive: Eyal Benishti, Founder, CEO

Ironscales' offering combines human intelligence with machine learning and AI to automatically prevent, detect and respond to advanced email phishing threats, such as spearphishing and business email compromise at the mailbox level, and to predict future attacks.


Founded: 2015

Top Executive: Greg Martin, Co-Founder and CEO

Jask provides a cloud-native security information and event management (SIEM) platform. Built on cloud technologies, Jask's system streamlines security analyst workflows by automating many of the repetitive tasks that restrict productivity, freeing security analysts for higher-value tasks like threat hunting and vulnerability management.


Founded: 2015

Top Executive: Dan Hubbard, CEO

Lacework's lightweight agent provides visibility to all processes and applications within an organization's cloud and container environments. The breadth and depth of visibility helps detect vulnerabilities and uses Lacework's machine-learning analysis to identify anomalous behavior that poses threats.

Menlo Security

Founded: 2013

Top Executive: Amir Ben-Efraim, CEO

Menlo Security offers web and email security software that provides complete protection for enterprises and government agencies from malware and phishing attacks. The startup just raised $75 million in Series D funding.

Meta Networks

Founded: 2016

Top Executive: Etay Bogner, Co-Founder, CEO

Meta Networks provides zero trust network access as an alternative to VPNs for secure remote access to any application. As applications move to the cloud and workers are increasingly mobile, companies need a better approach to providing secure application access than the conventional, site-centric VPN. In May Meta Networks agreed to be acquired by Proofpoint, a next-generation cybersecurity and compliance company based in Sunnyvale, Calif.

Minerva Labs

Founded: 2014

Top Executive: Eddy Bobritsky, Co-Founder, CEO

Minerva Labs offers an innovative endpoint security system that protects against attacks without the need to detect threats first. The company's Anti-Evasion Platform blocks threats that bypass antivirus and other baseline protection systems by deceiving malware and causing it to disarm itself.

Nozomi Networks

Founded: 2013

Top Executive: Edgard Capdevielle, President, CEO

Nozomi Networks' products, including the flagship SCADAguardian, provide real-time security and operational visibility for industrial control networks, protecting them from cyberattacks and operational disruptions.


Founded: 2016

Top Executive: Glenn Hazard, CEO

The Opaq platform enables service providers to simply deliver fully integrated network Security as a Service from the cloud and manage everything from a single cloud console. This enables service providers to boost recurring revenue and margins, slash costs, and scale their businesses with differentiated services.


Founded: 2014

Top Executive: Ajit Sancheti, Co-Founder, CEO

The Preempt Platform, a conditional access system for securing identities, offers continuous threat prevention capabilities that automatically adapt based on identity, behavior and risk, responding to both security threats and risky employee activities.


Founded: 2013

Top Executive: Mike Fong, Founder, CEO

Privoro is pioneering innovative mobile security hardware protections that enable organizations and individuals to take unprecedented control of access to their most important information.

ReFirm Labs

Founded: 2017

Top Executive: Derick Naef, CEO

ReFirm Labs provides IoT and firmware security offerings that proactively validate and monitor IoT devices, defending connected devices and supply chain integrity. Founded by former NSA offensive cyber operators, ReFirm's technology is used by government, telecommunications, IT, automotive, health-care, utilities and manufacturing organizations.


Founded: 2014

Top Executive: Guy Bejerano, Co-Founder, CEO

SafeBreach’s platform provides a "hacker's view" of an enterprise's security posture to proactively predict attacks, validate security controls and improve SOC analyst response. The technology automatically executes thousands of breach methods from a hacker's playbook.


Founded: 2014

Top Executive: Chandra Pandey, Founder, CEO

Seceon's Open Threat Management Platform empowers enterprises and MSSPs to provide comprehensive cybersecurity for the digital era. The technology utilizes dynamic threat models, machine learning and AI, and actionable contextual awareness to proactively surface threats and automatically contain/eliminate them in real time.


Founded: 2013

Top Executive: Tomer Weingarten, Co-Founder, CEO

SentinelOne is a rising star in the endpoint protection arena with its autonomous endpoint protection technology that unites detection, response and remediation capabilities. The startup recently raised $120 million in Series D funding to fuel its growth.

ShieldX Networks

Founded: 2015

Top Executive: Ratinder Paul Singh Ahuja, Founder, CEO

The cloud-native ShieldX Elastic Security Platform scales to provide multi-cloud security to protect data centers, cloud infrastructure, applications and data wherever they reside. The platform delivers a full set of controls including micro-segmentation, IPS, firewall, malware prevention and more.


Founded: 2015

Top Executive: Amos Stern, Co-Founder, CEO

Siemplify is a security orchestration, automation and response (SOAR) provider that is redefining security operations for enterprises and MSSPs worldwide. Its holistic security operations platform is a simple, centralized workbench that enables security teams to better investigate, analyze and remediate threats more efficiently and with more rapid response times.


Founded: 2016

Top Executive: Hed Kovetz, Co-Founder, CEO

Silverfort delivers strong authentication across corporate networks and cloud environments without requiring agents, proxies or local configurations. Silverfort enables adaptive multifactor authentication for any sensitive system, including IoT, homegrown applications and critical infrastructure, enabling enterprises to prevent breaches and comply with regulatory requirements.

Skout Cybersecurity

Founded: 2013

Top Executive: Aidan Kehoe, Co-Founder, CEO

Skout Cybersecurity's cloud-native, streaming data analytics platform protects everything from emails to endpoints. Products include Skout Security Monitoring, Skout Email Protection and Skout Endpoint Protection. The company's focus is on protecting SMBs and partnering with MSPs.


Founded: 2014

Top Executive: Kamal Shah, CEO

StackRox secures Kubernetes environments at scale. The StackRox Kubernetes Security Platform enables organizations to enforce compliance and security policies across the container life cycle, including build, deploy and run phases. It integrates with existing DevOps and security tools to operationalize security.


Founded: 2013

Top Executive: John Czupak, President, CEO

ThreatQuotient's threat-centric platform improves the efficiency and effectiveness of security operations. By integrating an organization's existing processes and technologies into a single security architecture, ThreatQuotient accelerates and simplifies investigations and collaboration within and across teams and tools, highlighting top priority threats.


Founded: 2013

Top Executive: Ivan Novikov, Co-Founder, CEO

Wallarm's continuous application security technology leverages real-time protection, threat verification and AI behavioral analytics to automate protection of websites, microservices and APIs running on public and private clouds. In October Wallarm raised $8 million in Series A financing.