RSA Conference Announces Finalists For Innovation Sandbox Contest 2016

January 28, 2016

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Conference Eventto Honor Information Security’s Next Generation of Groundbreaking Technologies

BEDFORD, Mass. – January 28, 2016 RSAConference, the world’s leading information security conferences and expositions, today announces the 10 finalists for its annual Innovation Sandbox Contest. The competition is dedicated to encouraging out-of-the-box ideas and the exploration of new technologies that have the potential to transform the information security industry. Past winnersinclude Sourcefire, Invincea, Appthority, and, most recently, Waratek.

On Monday, February 29, 2016, each of this year’s finalists demonstrate its technology to conference attendees, as well as a judging panel that includes Asheem Chandna, partner at Greylock Partners; Gerhard Eschelbeck, vice president of security and privacy engineering at Google; Renee Guttman, chief information security officer for Royal Caribbean International; Patrick Heim, head of trust and security at DropBox; and Paul Kocher, president and chief scientist of cryptography research division at Rambus. The finalists also deliver a short presentation to the judges, who determine “RSA Conference 2016’s Most Innovative Startup.”

The finalists (in alphabetical order) are:

Bastille Networks
Bastille is the first company to detect and mitigate the rapidly emerging threats to enterprises that are the unintended consequence of the Internet of Things. Using next-generation sensors and software, Bastille gives enterprises full situational awareness by scanning the entire radio spectrum.

illusive Networks
illusive networks pioneers deception-based post-breach cybersecurity with its patent pending Deceptions Everywhere™ technology that neutralizes targeted attacks and APTs by creating a deceptive layer across the entire network — agentlessly deployed on every endpoint, server and network component with information that deceives would-be attackers.

Menlo Security
Menlo Security protects organizations against cyber attacks from the Web, email and other critical threat vectors.  The company's patented Isolation Platform isolates all content and eliminates malware in the cloud, providing users with a completely transparent and safe experience without the need to deploy and update software to their endpoints. 

Phantom is the 1st Purpose-Built, Community-Powered Security Automation & Orchestration Platform.  It makes your security smarter, faster and stronger.

Prevoty is dedicated to securing enterprises and the users they serve, monitoring and protecting the applications that are the heart of modern business. Prevoty’s products provide real-time application security intelligence and RASP (Runtime Application Self-Protection) capabilities for enterprises. For more information on the company's application security solutions, go to or follow @Prevoty on Twitter.

ProtectWise™ is disrupting the network security industry with its Cloud Network DVR, a virtual camera in the cloud that records everything on the network, which allows security professionals to see threats in real time and retrospectively for complete detection and visibility of enterprise threats.

Funded by Sequoia Capital and Shlomo Kramer, SafeBreach is a pioneer in the emerging category of breach validation. The company’s groundbreaking platform provides a “hacker's view” of an enterprise’s security posture for total and continuous security assessment, validation and reporting. SafeBreach automatically executes breach methods with an extensive and growing Hacker’s Playbook™ of research and real-world investigative data. For more information, visit or follow @SafeBreach on Twitter.

Skyport Systems
Skyport Systems’ SkySecure provides secure enclaves for the applications businesses care about most with the first turn-key and security-embedded platform in the commercial marketplace. By re-architecting compute, security, and virtualization into a single technology stack, your data stays on-premise, while mission-critical IT and assets remain safe.

Vera secures enterprise data in a world without borders or controlled endpoints. Vera delivers a first-of-its-kind zero-touch, zero-friction data protection and encryption solution to businesses of all types and sizes. Vera enables enterprises to secure, track and audit any digital information across all users, devices, applications and platforms in real-time — all without impacting end user choice or experience. With Vera, security and policy travels with data wherever it goes enabling enterprises to retain complete control and visibility over who can access their sensitive information and what they can do to that information, even allowing them to revoke access to data instantly.  Vera works seamlessly with all desktop, mobile, storage and collaboration platforms.

Versa Networks
Versa Networks enables service providers and enterprises to transform security for WANs and branch networks through virtualized network functions, providing unmatched agility, cost savings and flexibility vs. the traditional security hardware of legacy players.

“This year’s Innovation Sandbox Contest saw a record number of submissions representing an incredibly competitive group,” said Sandra Toms, vice president and curator for RSA Conference. “It’s inspiring each year to see the strength in submissions as it demonstrates how cybersecurity professionals are collaborating to present innovative solutions to help businesses protect themselves. These start-ups represent an elite group, and RSA Conference is thrilled to be able to provide them an opportunity to showcase their product to the cybersecurity community.” 

“Technology innovation has always been critical to the security industry, and is even more important now as we continue to see the trend of high-level security breaches creep into areas not traditionally prone to attack like entertainment,” said Alexandra Ames, Senior Marketing Manager, TechCrunch. “We’re looking forward to this year’s finalists’ presentations to see what new techniques will be brought to the stage to help transform information security and help individuals, enterprises and organizations alike keep their data safe.”

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