10 Vendors Set to Innovate at the 2018 RSA Conference

The RSA Conference is one of the world’s largest cyber security events, and this year will be no exception. While vendors come to demonstrate and discuss their latest innovations, only 10 vendors have been selected by the RSA Conference as finalists in the annual RSAC Innovation Sandbox contest.

The RSA Conference runs April 16-20 — you can find all our RSA 2018 coverage at the eSecurity Planet Guide to RSA Conference 2018 — with the innovation sandbox event held on April 16. The ten vendors selected as finalist by the RSAC judges span a range of different technologies including deception, threat-hunting, network security, encryption, cloud security and container security.


Founded: August 2015


Funding: $33.1M

Acalvio emerged from stealth mode in July 2016 after two years of development. The company is led by Ram Varadarajan, who had previously founded Arcot Systems in 1997, which was sold to CA in 2010 for $200 million.

The company’s primary product platform, ShadowPlex, is a deception technology that aims to trick hackers and trap them.

Competitors: TrapX, Attivo, Illusive

Awake Security

Founded: October 2014

Awake Security

Funding: $30M

Awake’s core product, the Awake Security Investigation Platform, is a threat-hunting platform that also provides attack campaign analysis and rapid response capabilities.

Awake was previously identified by eSecurity Planet as one of the top 20 cyber security startups to watch in 2018.

Competitors:Carbon Black, Cybereason, Versive, Infocyte, Netsurion


Founded: February 2016


Funding: $16M

BigID calls itself an enterprise privacy and data management vendor. The company’s platform helps organizations discover personally identifiable information, both unstructured and structured data. That’s also one of the key capabilities that can help organizations comply with the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

Competitors: Anomali, Signal Sense, RSA Security


Founded: January 2017


Funding: Private

BluVector is in the business of artificial intelligence (AI) driven cyber-security. The company was originally developed as a product within Northrop Grumman in 2008 and spun out to become an independent company in 2017.

BluVector Cotex is the company’s detection and response security platform, while BluVector Pulse provides device management and monitoring capabilities that complement Cortex.

Watch a 2016 eSecurity Planet video with BluVector CEO Kris Lovejoy here.

Competitors: FireEye, Darktrace, Vectra Networks


Founded: October 2016


Funding: $29M

CyberGRX is a third-party cyber risk management platform that helps enterprises to both understand and manage supply chain threat vectors. CyberGRX CEO Fred Kneip’s comments has been featured in multiple eSecurityPlanet stories in recent years about supply chain security issues.

Competitors: BitSight, RiskSense


Founded: July 2016


Funding: $8M

Fortanix provides runtime encryption capabilities that complement the Intel Software Guard Extension (SGX). The company’s core platform is the Runtime Encryption Platform, which enables applications to be transparently encrypted while in use. Fortanix also has a Self-Defending Key Management Service (SDKMS) to protect cryptographic keys used for encryption operations.

Competitors: Virgil Security, Waratek


Founded: July 2016


Funding: $8M

Hysolate’s platform is all about providing a high-degree of isolation for endpoint resources. The company’s platform offers a “virtual air gap” that enables an endpoint to have an isolated locked-down operating system alongside an unlocked system that can access enterprise resources.

Competitors: Bracket Computing, Illumio

Refirm labs

Founded: August 2017

Refirm labs

Funding: $1.5M

Refirm labs is is an Internet of Things (IoT) security vendor, specifically focused on firmware integrity. Refirm lab’s core technology, the Centrifuge Platform, automatically detects IoT device firmware vulnerabilities.

Competitors: Armis, Zvelo



Founded: November 2015

Funding: $34M

ShieldX provides multi-cloud micro-segmentation capabilities as part of its APEIRO network security platform. APEIRO integrates deep packet inspection (DPI) capabilities alongside analytics and detection capabilities to help reduce and mitigate cyber risks.

Competitors: Bracket Computing, Illumio, VMware


Founded: November 2014


Funding: $14M

StackRox is a container and micro-services security vendor that provides visibility, control and threat detection capabilities. The company’s core platform is called Detect and Respond, and provides core container security capabilities. Just last month, StackRox added the Prevent offering to its portfolio, providing a centralized governance solution for container management.

StackRox was a member of the DockerCon EU 2017 container security panel moderated by eSecurity Planet‘s Sean Michael Kerner

Competitors: Aqua Security, Twistlock, LayeredInsight, Capsule8, NeuVector

Sean Michael Kerner is a senior editor at eSecurityPlanet and InternetNews.com. Follow him on Twitter @TechJournalist.

Sean Michael Kerner
Sean Michael Kerner
Sean Michael Kerner is an Internet consultant, strategist, and contributor to several leading IT business web sites.

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