The following post highlights how Venture Scanner categorizes the Security Technology startup landscape, and presents our Innovation Quadrant showing how those categories compare to one another. The data for this post is through February 2017.
The above sector map organizes the sector into 14 categories and shows a sampling of companies in each category.
Our Innovation Quadrant provides a snapshot of the average funding and average age for the different Security Technology categories and how they compare with one another.
Heavyweights: These categories are comprised of companies that have reached maturity with significant financing.
Established: These categories are comprised of companies that have reached maturity with less financing.
Disruptors: These categories are comprised of companies that are less mature with significant financing.
Pioneers: These categories are comprised of companies that are less mature with earlier stages of financing.
The definitions of the Security Technology categories are as follows
Application and Source Code Security: Companies that scan application and program source codes for potential loopholes. Examples include runtime application security, application performance management, and application assessment.
Brand Protection: Companies that protect the public image of brand's presence on the internet. Examples include reputation management, domain name monitoring, and social media attacks mitigation.
Cloud and Hosting Server Security: Companies that provide security solutions that protect hosting servers from being attacked. Examples include security solutions for cloud applications, third-party cloud services, cloud infrastructure, and cloud data files.
Computer Forensics: Companies that monitor and investigate computer usage for criminal investigation or evidence acquisition. Examples include internet usage monitoring, employee behavior monitoring, and online parental control.
Data and Information Security: Companies that help protect electronic data from unauthorized external access or threats. Typical use cases include data leakage prevention, file-based security, information assurance, and work data encryption.
Email Security: Companies that focus on providing security solutions for email platforms. Examples include anti-spam solutions and anti-phishing solutions.
Endpoint Security and Firewalls: Companies that provide security solutions that protect the devices connected to the network, as opposed to the network itself and the servers. Examples include anti-virus programs, firewall, anti-malware programs, system cleaner/backup programs, and other computer utility tools.
Identity and Fraud Security: Companies that authenticate identities, approve access within a system, and monitor activities to prevent fraud. Typical use cases include detection analytics, password management, security tokens, and digital identity management.
Infrastructure and Industrial Security: Companies that protect critical infrastructure and industrial operations such as power plants, electricity grids, water systems, and highways. Typical use cases include security against terrorism, information warfare, and natural disasters.
Mobile Security: Companies that protect smartphones, tablets, laptops and other wireless devices from threats associated with mobile computing. Examples include proactive mobile protection, lost device management, and predictive intelligence.
Risk Assessment and Compliance: Companies that assess the security level of enterprise networks and ensure that they comply with governmental and industrial standards. Examples include companies that conduct penetration tests, ethical hacking, and compliance management.
Security Hardware: Companies that produce hardware components for digital security purposes. Examples include cloud key USBs, VPN routers, and controller access points.
Security Intelligence and Analytics: Companies that collect data and provide actionable analytics on network security and potential threats. Examples include threat intelligence and security predictive analytics.
Threat Detection and Mitigation: Companies that actively monitor your network to detect attacks and help mitigate them by responding in real-time. Examples include threat monitoring, vulnerability scans, and network hardening.
We are currently tracking 853 Security Technology companies in 14 categories across 41 countries, with a total of $16 Billion in funding. Click here to learn more about the full Security Technology report and database.