Cybersecurity Ventures just released their annual list of the hottest cyber security startups on the planet. The company serves as a research and industry hot spot keeping track of one of the hottest and fastest growing startup categories.
“We selected thousands of potential companies for inclusion in the Cybersecurity 500, by soliciting feedback from CISOs and end-user security practitioners, researching hundreds of cybersecurity events on the Cybersecurity Calendar, and researching dozens of Cybersecurity news sources that we follow” said Steve Morgan, founder and CEO of Cybersecurity Ventures said in a statement..
The Cybersecurity startups were evaluated on the following criteria:
- Cybersecurity Sector (market category)
- Problem(s) Solved
- Customer Base
- Feedback from CISOs and Decision Makers
- Feedback from IT Security Evaluators & Recommenders
- Feedback from VARs, SIs and Consultants
- VC Funding
- Company Growth
- Published Product Reviews
- Demos and Presentations at Conferences
- Corporate Marketing and Branding
- Media Coverage
- Notable Implementations
- Founder and Management Pedigree
As expected with any technology driven list of companies, there was a good showing from Northern California. What may be surprising to many is that the companies ranked 5th 6th and 7th were from Dora Florida, Opelika Alabama, and Alpharetta Georgia respectively.
Easy Solutions from Doral Florida, does Electronic Fraud Protection. Future Tense Central, from Opelika Alabama, specializes in phone and mobile device security. Finally, Lancope from Alpharetta Georgia offers products in the Network Visibility and Security Intelligence industries.
Also in the region were 11th ranked Clearwater Compliance from Nashville Tennessee and Sera Brynn, ranked 16th hailing from Suffolk Virginia.
The south east region seems to be a hotspot of cybersecurity activity, which seems to be why the organizers of the hcon conference featuring, John McAfee, Nolan Bushnell and Brock Pierce elected to have it in Opelika Alabama April 14th-16th. John McAfee, a partner in Future Tense Central is one of the keynotes and organizers of the conference at hcon.co which will have a focus on startups, cyber security and crypto-currency.
Interestingly enough only 2 companies came from the Washington DC area, one of which was Lockhead Martin. You can see the complete data set of the CyberSecurity 500 here.
Ethics Statement: Kyle Sandler is partners with John McAfee, co-founder of Future Tense Central, on several projects. Future Tense Central, incubates at the Round House in Opelika AL, alongside Nibletz.