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Top Predictions of the Next Billion-Dollar Cybersecurity Startups

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Lookout Security

Lookout customizes cyber defense for the mobile market by using predictive analysis tools to plan for threats before they become a problem for users.  The company now boasts more than 60 million users, including organizations such as AT&T and Sprint. Mobile security is the next frontier for cyber security expansion.

BlockScore

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In 2014, Blockscore landed $2.4 million in funding for its identification verification product. Marketed as an anti–fraud and compliance product, Blockscore enters the market at a time when newsworthy hacks have made it obvious that simple password protection is fruitless against modern cyber criminals. While Blockscore is competing with dozens–if not hundreds–of security products, it markets itself as the simple, convenient, and effective option. On its landing page, the brand cleverly shows that users can sign up and use the service in the time it would take to read the competition's contracts.

Sift Science

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With more than 191 million digital shoppers in the United States alone, e–commerce sites across all niches are seeing growing business. Along with the increasing revenue comes a growing problem: fraud. In 2012, online retailers lost $3.5 billion to fraud, so it's not surprising that companies are cautious about potentially fraudulent orders.  This is where Sift Science comes in.

E–commerce fraud protection services may seem more difficult to brand, and you might not see a bandwagon potential at first. But consider the need to keep up with competition. Eventually, more retailers will have to buy in to the Sift Science product or risk the loss of consumers whose orders have been incorrectly denied.

We also like that Sift Science is integrated within thousands of websites.  Once you’re able to build dependency, similar to CloudFlare, you’re on your way to becoming a billion-dollar company.

True Link Financial

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True Link Financial offers monitoring and education tools for older adults and caregivers to help seniors avoid fraud and scams. Few cyber security companies dared to tackle this niche for the older generation Americans.  We are fascinated by the potential here.


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USA and China Cybersecurity Treaty

The United States of America and China Cybersecurity Treaty

...will it, and should it happen? And what does it mean for the cybersecurity industry? Startups and venture capitalist, listen up...

Recently, there's been an air of silence in the Obama administration about China's cyber attacks on the Office of Personnel Management (OPM).  This cyber attack on the American government was an audacious, malicious and devious imprint on American people.  I argue though that, rather than jumping into another foolish agreement with a foreign power that has zero respect for American sovereignty, let's consider stronger cybersecurity policy options - these policies will yield better results, and stronger international security.

So, what should the American government do to better protect our people from Chinese cyber criminals?  In my cybersecurity book, Cyber Nation, I argue the following for better cybersecurity policies in the USA...

Better American Cybersecurity Policies Include:

#1 Passing economic sanctions every time our country is attacked by a foreign government or state-sponsored hacker.   Money talks.  Our government should stand up for the people and implement economic sanctions that have triple weight on the nation that sponsored the cyber attack.  For example, if an attack against a Fortune 500 company by Russia costs that company $100 million, create sanctions of at least $300 million dollars driven by executive order if necessary. 

#2  Establishing a military tribunal to prosecute cyber criminals. There’s no question we’re at war – look no further than the latest attack on the most confidential information from millions of government works.  These cyber criminals wear no uniform, act without regard for our population, and continue to cripple our civil and economic infrastructure. 

#3 Implementing a zero-tolerance policy.  Countries like China control the internet throttle.  If we discover IP addresses or internet attacks originating from China, we have to assume the government is responsible.  Yes, there are Chinese hackers (independent of the government), but there are virtually no Chinese hackers at the level where they can attack and infiltrate an entire government's computer networks.  Thus, if we warn the Chinese government of attacks originating from certain sources, give them a time to cure the problem, and they do not respond/act upon it, then we must go on the offensive and penetrate their networks.  

#4 Exposing the cybercriminals’ own private and personal data.  Publish their family history, locations, and expose their criminal activity to the world.  Let it be known that these egotistical, narcissistic attackers are malignant tumors who should be eradicated. 

#5 Creating economic incentives for whistleblowersIf a corporation is attacked and the company or its board knowingly omits or does not disclose the cyber attack, whistleblowers should be able to profit.

#6 Give tax breaks to companies that invest capital in cyber security.  Whether it was a tax credit for a percentage or company’s total cyber spend, or a larger deduction for hardware and software (or both) spent to fight cyber crimes, economic incentives would motivate companies to act proactively, rather than retroactively.  

 

     Expert on cybersecurity policies and investments, Ross Blankenship. 

 

Expert on cybersecurity policies and investments, Ross Blankenship. 

When countries like China attack American corporations, fight back.  We need a better commander-in-chief who is willing to publicly decry that lack of respect and respond with economic sanctions and strong foreign and domestic cybersecurity policies. 

Will we enter an agreement with China for cybersecurity?  Yes.  Will it be effective?  No.

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This article was written by expert venture capital investor, Ross Blankenship, who has invested in cybersecurity and become a policy expert on the topic of cybersecurity policies.  

Top Cybersecurity Startups

Each year we search for some of the hottest, top cybersecurity startups in America.  We've published an official ranking of the best cybersecurity companies, but I want to highlight 5 more startups that are having a huge impact on enterprise, software, and cloud security.  These startups continue to innovate and protect American consumers and companies from cyber attacks and hackers abroad.  

Here are 5 top cybersecurity startups to know:

#1 Lookout Mobile - providing mobile protection for millions of consumers vis-a-vis apps. 

#2 Blockscore - identity verification and due diligence for hiring companies.  

#3 Sift Science - e-commerce fraud protection.  

#4 Synack Labs - crowdsourced white-hackers who prevent cyber attacks.  

#5 Bugcrowd - crowdsourced bounties and cybersecurity protection for B2B.

Honorable mention:  Authy (acquired by Twilio) for multi-factor authentication and cybersecurity for logins.  ZeroFox, which protects data associated with social media accounts.

    #1 Best-Selling Book on Cybersecurity in America - Cyber Nation by Ross Blankenship.

 

#1 Best-Selling Book on Cybersecurity in America - Cyber Nation by Ross Blankenship.

In my recent book on cybersecurity companies, Cyber Nation, I describe how important startups like these are for American national security.  We've got to prevent companies like China and Russia from hacking our economic ways of life.

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The Cybersecurity Threat Report - Emerging Global Threats from Cyber Attacks

The Cybersecurity Threat Report - Emerging Global Threats from Cyber Attacks

"The emerging trends in cybersecurity include a need to protect our healthcare, defense and newly-created Internet of Things (IoT) industries from cyber attacks."