RSAC Innovation Sandbox Contest has been selecting the most innovative information security companies and products for the past 10 years.  Previous RSAC Innovation Sandbox Contest victors have garnered venture capital investment, large company buyout and increased media coverage. RSAC Innovation Sandbox Contest has rewarded a range of information security solutions, including cloud security, mobile and app security, physical security and analytics. 

In addition, the Innovation Sandbox Contest on-site program includes valuable content on how to establish a start-up, start-up trends and the future of information security. See the 2015 Agenda to learn what’s happening this year.


Esteemed expert on IT Security, RSA Conference is happy to have Dr. Herbert (Hugh) Thompson emcee the Innovation Sandbox Contest.

 Hugh Thompson

Hugh Thompson, Program Committee Chairman, RSA Conference


To ensure that the contestants have the best chance of success, RSAC carefully selects judges from venture capital enterprises, entrepreneurs and large security companies, who will choose the winner of RSAC Innovation Sandbox Contest 2015. Below are the 2015 panel of judges. 

 Asheem Chandra

 Gerhard Eschelbeck

Asheem Chandra, Partner, Greylock Partners

Asheem Chandna is a Partner at Greylock Partners, a leading venture capital firm. He focuses on company investments in enterprise IT, and has over 16 years of industry experience in the security sector. Asheem has helped create and grow multiple technology businesses to market-leading positions. His current company boards include AppDynamics, Aquantia, Avi Networks, Delphix, Imperva (IMPV) and Palo Alto Networks (PANW). He was previously on the boards of CipherTrust (INTC), NetBoost (INTC), PortAuthority (WBSN), Securent (CSCO), Sourcefire (FIRE), Xsigo (ORCL) and Zenprise (CTXS). Asheem joined Greylock in 2003 from Check Point Software, where he was vice-president of business development and product management. Follow on Twitter @chandna.

Gerhard Eschelbeck, Vice President Security Engineering, Google

Gerhard Eschelbeck is Vice President Security Engineering at Google, where he leads the teams that ensure data and systems security, as well as user privacy. Gerhard has a passion for championing new technologies and is a trusted advisor to a number of early stage startup companies. He published the “Laws of Vulnerabilities” and is one of the inventors of the Common Vulnerability Scoring System (CVSS), and holds numerous patents in the field of managed network security. Prior to joining Google, Gerhard was CTO and Senior Vice President at Sophosand Qualys, and served in senior product and technology roles at companies including Network Associates and McAfee. Gerhard has a Ph.D in computer science from University Linz, Austria.

Renee Guttman
Patrick Heim

Renee Guttman, Vice President, Information Risk, Accuvant

Renee Guttmann is vice president of information risk and member of the Office of the CISO for Accuvant, Guttmann is responsible for providing guidance to security leaders at enterprise-class organizations. Her council helps enable them to think differently about security strategies so they can change, innovate and be more successful.

Prior to Accuvant, Guttmann served as chief information security officer of Coca-Cola, where she established an enterprise-wide information risk management program to address information security, privacy and business continuity planning risks across the Coca-Cola systems. Guttmann previously held leadership positions for Time, Inc. and Time Warner Inc. and served in various security-related roles at Capital One, Glaxo Wellcome and Gartner, Inc.

Patrick Heim, Head of Trust & Security, Dropbox

Patrick has been the Head of Trust & Security at Dropbox since January 2015. In this role he is accountable for ensuring security and compliance for both the company and the Dropbox service.

Prior to Dropbox, he was the Chief Trust Officer at Patrick has held CISO positions at Kaiser Permanente and McKesson. His career also spans two security technology startup companies and time leading security consulting, penetration testing and auditing teams at Ernst & Young.  

Patrick is also currently on the board of directors at Cylance and advises several security startup companies.

 Paul Kocher

Paul Kocher, President, Crytography Research

Paul Kocher is President and Chief Scientist of Cryptography Research. His accomplishments include inventing differential power analysis and the technologies to protect against these attacks, then licensing these defenses for over 5 billion chips made annually. Paul also co-authored the widely used SSL 3.0 standard, which is used in all major web browsers. He also led the design of the BD+ technology used in the Blu-ray disc format, as well as the CryptoFirewall ASIC technologies used in pay television and anti-counterfeiting applications. Cryptography Research was acquired by Rambus in 2011 and Paul continues to lead CRI as a division of Rambus. Paul’s current research includes efforts to improve security at the hardware level. Paul holds a B.S. degree in biology from Stanford University, and he was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 2009.

Dos & Don’ts for Submitting to RSAC Innovation Sandbox Contest

After 10 years of celebrating impactful information security solutions, RSAC Innovation Sandbox Contest is poised to crown the Most Innovative Company once again in 2015.  Innovation Sandbox promotes new approaches to today’s problems and tomorrow’s threats and we’ll continue celebrating impactful information security solutions in 2015. The top 10 competing companies gain advice and practical counsel from an illustrious panel of judges representing CISOs, venture capitalists, and entrepreneurs. They also get to show off their solution to the greater RSA Conference community. Past winners of this contest have all received investment within 12 months of winning the prize. Some have had successful IPOs, such as Invincea, or been acquired, such as Sourcefire by Cisco and Altor Networks by Juniper Networks. Check out the full list of past winners at our Innovation Sandbox Gallery of Victors page.   

The “Do” List

  • Tell a Story. You started this company because you recognized a problem and believed you had the solution… Be as compelling and passionate when telling your story to the judges, a panel of industry veterans and VCs, so they can believe it too!
  • Highlight Your Management Team and their past successes.  The judges are experts who want to know that your team has grit and knows how to work through the challenges associated with starting up a company.
  • Demonstrate That Your Business Plan is Executable. What is your go to market strategy and have you identified the resources necessary to execute your plan?  If not, what are you missing and how can you overcome the obstacles that might inhibit your success? Show the judges how you will turn the vision into reality.
  • Have Fun. This is a contest after all!  Let’s enjoy the experience and learn from the process!

The “Don’t” List

  • Don’t Worry About the Production Quality of Your Video Submission. The panel understands the constraints of the startup world and will not be looking for Hollywood production.
  • Don’t Leave a Question Blank. All submissions are kept confidential so please answer the questionnaire in its entirety. With the number of entries generated each year, we make first cuts based on whether submissions are complete.
  • Don’t Wait Until the Last Day to Submit. We know things are hectic, but the earlier you complete your submission, the better. This leaves one less thing to do and get’s you one step closer to winning the contest.

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