DataTribe | July 29, 2022
DataTribe, a global cyber foundry that invests in and co-builds next-generation cybersecurity and data science companies, announced today the launch of its fifth-annual DataTribe Challenge. The competition is poised to identify and curate Pre-Series A, high-technology start-ups with a vision to disrupt cybersecurity and data science.
Three finalists will split $20,000 in prize money, and one winner will be eligible to receive up to $2 million in seed capital from DataTribe. In 2021, the Challenge had two winners: Quickcode.ai and ContraForce. Quickcode.ai helps non-technical experts build machine learning training data with unprecedented speed and accuracy while ContraForce is the only platform to make comprehensive cybersecurity easy, effective, and accessible for the small to midsize enterprise.
“Over the last five years, the Challenge has evolved into an excellent platform for entrepreneurs to not only get exposure and feedback — but to actually fundraise. For the winner, it could take care of their entire seed round. We’re always humbled by the quality of submissions — as founders look over the horizon to chart the future of cyber. The Challenge is a lot of fun and we look forward to working with participants.”
John Funge, Managing Director of DataTribe
Mike Janke, Co-founder of DataTribe said, “The Challenge is the top cybersecurity startup competition in the world. We are inspired by the founders that participate and the innovations they present. We’re honored to be able to use all the resources we have at DataTribe to co-build with entrepreneurs, giving them an unfair advantage and creating the next generation of market-leading companies.”
In June 2021, Synopsys acquired the winner of the 2019 Challenge, Code Dx, a software security testing orchestration, correlation, and prioritization platform. The exit was a demonstration of the Challenge’s ability to draw top cybersecurity solutions, as well as of the success of the DataTribe model of partnering with over the horizon technology coming out of national security agencies.
DataTribe invites contestants to join the Challenge who have developed a robust concept and/or initiated development of a minimal viable product (MVP) – i.e., a product developed with sufficient features to entice early adopters. The firm anticipates a strong showing from teams with experience working in national security, defense, national laboratories, or at organizations specializing in cybersecurity and data science R&D.
Applicants will have until August 31, 2022 to enter an application. DataTribe will review submissions for technical merit, market potential, and readiness of the team. On October 12, 2022, DataTribe will announce up to three finalists. These teams will then have 3 weeks to refine their pitch and prepare for final judging, with assistance from DataTribe’s team of startup veterans. In a live event, finalists will present a pitch and answer questions from a panel of esteemed judges on November 3, 2022.
“Winning the 2021 DataTribe Challenge was a major catalyst in achieving the product and market momentum necessary to grow our customer base,” said Stan Golubchick, ContraForce Co-Founder and CEO. “DataTribe is more than just an investor. Their unique foundry approach is a true partnership, adding the experience, support, and knowledge of successful company-builders to our team.”
DataTribe is a startup foundry that invests in and co-builds world-class startups focused on generational leaps in cybersecurity and data science. DataTribe was launched in 2015 with the vision of empowering technologists in the Washington, D.C. region to build and grow successful companies.
DTEX Systems | June 18, 2022
DTEX Systems, the Workforce Cyber Intelligence & Security Company™, today announced that it has been named to the Enterprise Security Tech Cyber Top 20 List. The list recognizes the top cybersecurity companies providing the most value to market based on technical product/service innovation, industry analyst recognition, customer testimony, diversity and inclusion initiatives, talent development initiatives, and contributions to the cyber community.
“The future of data loss prevention and protection is human-centric, not data-centric. “We’re thrilled to be named to this inaugural list of top cybersecurity companies by Enterprise Security Tech, as it is further testament to the success of DTEX’s innovative, human-centric approach to enterprise security and our team’s continued efforts to expand beyond the capabilities of legacy cybersecurity solutions.”
Jonathan Daly, Chief Marketing Officer at DTEX Systems
As the first and only Workforce Cyber Intelligence and Security platform to put humans at the center of an organization's cybersecurity matrix, DTEX InTERCEPT offers an innovative approach to data collection and analysis that centers around human activity and intent, providing organizations with the context needed to escalate and remediate an event before malicious insiders attack, or data exfiltration occurs. The InTERCEPT platform brings together the capabilities of Insider Threat Management, User and Entity Behavior Analytics, Digital Forensics, and Behavioral DLP in an all-in-one lightweight, cloud-native platform. Only DTEX InTERCEPT delivers the behavioral context and activity intelligence that answers the Who, What, When, Where, Why and How related to any potential insider threat situation, compromised account event or data loss scenario without invading personal privacy.
“The cybersecurity industry is going through an evolution right now,” said Jack Campbell, Editor, Enterprise Security Tech. “The threat landscape is growing at a faster pace than organizations can keep up with - so companies need innovative tools and services that leverage automation and simplification to combat threats at scale. We’re honored to be able to recognize these leaders for the value that they are bringing to the market and their contributions to the fight against cyber threats.”
This accolade comes on the heels of two notable industry recognitions from Cyber Defense Magazine (CDM), which named DTEX ‘Most Innovative Data Loss Prevention’ and ‘Publisher's Choice Insider Threat Prevention’ in the 10th annual Global InfoSec Awards.
About DTEX Systems
DTEX Systems helps hundreds of organizations worldwide better understand their workforce, protect their data, and make human-centric operational investments. Its Workforce Cyber Intelligence & Security platform brings together next-generation DLP, UEBA, digital forensics, user activity monitoring and insider threat management in one scalable, cloud-native platform. Through its patented and privacy-compliant meta-data collection and analytics engine, the DTEX platform surfaces abnormal behavioral “indicators of intent” to mitigate risk of data and IP loss, enabling SOC enrichment with human sensors and empowering enterprises to make smarter business decisions quickly.
About Enterprise Security Tech
Enterprise Security Tech is a specialized cyber media company with a global presence. The Enterprise Security Tech blog is a cybersecurity blog written for CISOs, CIOs, and security-minded CEOs that brings together critical news, expert insights, and product information to help security leaders make informed business decisions. Enterprise Security Tech is also home to The Cyber Jack Podcast, which brings listeners the latest cybersecurity insights via security experts from around the industry.
Bluum | June 14, 2022
Bluum, North America's leading education technology solutions provider, recently announced the launch of a comprehensive cybersecurity offering to schools. Cybersecurity needs and solutions for schools have evolved in recent years – even beyond those brought about by hybrid and remote learning – so Bluum responded with security solutions for people, processes and technology.
According to the SecurityScorecard 2018 report, education ranks last out of 17 industries in terms of cybersecurity, demonstrating that a legacy solution that only includes a first-generation firewall and antivirus software has long been rendered obsolete. Since 2016, there have been more than 1,300 publicly disclosed attacks in the U.S., which averages out to more than one K-12 cyber incident per school day. More than three million students have been affected by cybersecurity breakdowns since February 2018, with education institutions spending an average of $2.73 million to address the impact of a ransomware attack.
"With limited budgets, highly skilled IT personnel and time, K-12 organizations are hard-pressed to create a solid cybersecurity plan. "Cybersecurity is an incredibly technical and extensive area in IT that is rapidly evolving and needs to stay ahead of ever-evolving attack methods. Historically, school IT budget constraints have resulted in ineffective and outdated systems, so Bluum has developed comprehensive countermeasures to fill that void."
Bluum Vice President of Product Strategy and Growth Andre Vashilko
Whether cybersecurity incidents are caused externally or self-inflicted, Bluum can assist in preventative measures before, during and after the incidents and attacks. To get started, Bluum has debuted easy-to-use services to help schools assess their cybersecurity needs and identify immediate and future solutions.
Vulnerability scans and penetration testing will detect critical areas of concern and exposure in the infrastructure, while a complementary customer survey will provide further insights into a school's specific needs.
Bluum empowers educators with technology solutions that improve learning and make it more accessible, assisting more than 27 million students grow and flourish.
Evo Security | June 21, 2022
Evo Security today announced the launch of Evo Partner Identity Cloud or EPIC. Evo Partner Identity Cloud is the first all-in-one identity and access management (IAM) solution designed exclusively with the needs of managed service providers (MSPs) and their business customers in mind. The enterprise-grade cloud platform is a comprehensive identity and access management solution that gives MSPs an easy and highly secure way to protect small and medium-sized businesses and enterprises from the most common types of cybersecurity attacks that frequently exploit login and access vulnerabilities to penetrate network and cloud assets.
Evo Partner Identity Cloud includes multi-factor authentication (MFA), single sign-on (SSO), privileged access management (PAM), technician elevated access, secrets management, and unified directory services, among other critical security capabilities. Evo Partner Identity Cloud is the easiest and most complete way for MSPs to simultaneously protect login credentials and apply least-privilege access across applications, networks, and infrastructure for themselves and their customers in a single scalable, multi-tenant solution.
"Traditional enterprise identity and access management solutions are built for 1:1 administration, which means they cannot adequately support the MSP and the MSP's customers simultaneously. Point solutions have helped bridge the gap, but don't provide the enterprise-grade security and platform approach required by MSPs seeking to build a sound security practice" said Evo Security's CEO and Founder, Mike Roth. "We built Evo Partner Identity Cloud with a multi-tenant architecture to provide MSPs an enterprise-grade level of security that they can use to protect themselves and all of their SMB and SME customers at scale with purpose-built platform that means business." said Evo's CEO and Founder, Michael Roth.
"What's great about Evo Security's Partner Identity Cloud is that it works with our existing MSP managed technology stack to provide comprehensive identity and access management capabilities for us and our customers. It helps keep our internal systems secure, while providing cloudIT with new ways to generate revenue and enforce best security hygiene practices in our customers' networks."
Vince Kent, CEO of managed service provider cloudIT
The Evo Partner Identity Platform supports MSPs by providing the ability to:
Turn identity and access management (IAM) into a highly profitable revenue center that can immediately produce new revenue with industry-leading margins;
Replace multiple point solutions, including password vaults, password rotation tools, multi-factor authentication (MFA) tools, and privileged access management (PAM) tools, with a comprehensive identity and access management platform that reduces overhead expenses, provides enterprise-grade protection, and simplifies application and security administration for the MSP and its customers;
Deploy login security at scale across customers for web applications, workstations, Macs, servers, VPNs, firewalls, switches, and other network devices;
Establish least-privilege and exceed-compliance controls in managed and co-managed scenarios using granular permissions and security groups;
Completely eliminate sharing of customer passwords and MFA codes, while simultaneously streamlining technician access across all customer endpoints and apps;
Migrate from Microsoft to Evo as the sole Identity Provider (IdP) or build a hybrid IdP scenario based on customer configuration needs;
Connect to common MSP tools, such as ConnectWise, Datto, and Microsoft, and improve internal management efficiencies;
Gain visibility and real-time security intelligence across customer infrastructure to improve value of services delivery and stop attacks before they start.
Evo Security CEO Michael Roth said "Evo Partner Identity Cloud isn't just an all-in-one MSP identity and access management platform. It's an all-in-one MSP business solution."
About Evo Security
Based in Austin, Texas, Evo Security is an identity and access management cybersecurity company that builds enterprise-grade security products with the MSP in mind. Evo Security's solutions are designed to protect MSPs and their SMB and enterprise customers with comprehensive, multi-tenant security solutions. They are easy to implement and help manage security across managed service providers' internal and external users, while providing MSPs new ways to generate new and highly profitable revenue streams.