Momentum Partners Releases Its Watch List at the 2016 RSA Conference

Momentum Partners has completed their selection of the forty companies to the firm’s annual Watch List from the 1,500+ cybersecurity companies the firm tracks globally. Input was carefully considered from Momentum’s vast network of corporate dealmakers, investors, and cybersecurity professionals in order to identify these forty companies displaying tremendous momentum.

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SAN FRANCISCO--()--Momentum Partners, advisors and dealmakers in cybersecurity, has announced the final ten companies added to the firm’s annual Watch List. Each quarter ten companies are selected after carefully weighing feedback from the field and considering a variety of growth and innovation factors.

“We are delighted to announce another stellar cohort of innovative and breakout companies in cybersecurity,” said Eric McAlpine, Momentum’s Managing Partner. “There is a vast sea of vendors often solving the same or similar problems in this complicated industry and the signal-to-noise ratio can make it difficult to discern signal from noise. We are vigilant in our coverage of the cybersecurity ecosystem and encounter many vendors with tremendous momentum. As such, we do our very best to listen to our network to identify these truly innovative companies. Congratulations to their founders, their teams, and their investors.”

The Momentum Watch List for the first quarter of 2016 includes:

  • Auth0: zero-friction Identity-as-a-Service platform for developers
  • Bugcrowd: crowdsourced enterprise security; bug bounty platform with 25k+ security researchers
  • Distil Networks: automated, intelligent bot detection and mitigation
  • Firelayers: policy-based security, compliance, and governance platform for Cloud applications
  • Flashpoint: provides tools, data, reports, and experts to obtain intelligence from Deep & Dark Web
  • Identity Finder: data discovery, data classification and data loss prevention solution
  • SAASPASS: two-factor authentication that replaces passwords with encrypted images and proximity
  • Team8: cybersecurity company-creation platform focused on developing disruptive technologies
  • TwistLock: security suite for virtual containers with policy management, monitoring, and auditing
  • Venafi: provider of a trust platform for the Internet protecting crypto keys and digital certificates

The Momentum Watch List for the fourth quarter of 2015 included:

  • Area 1: data-driven approach to eliminating phishing attacks utilizing a global senor network
  • ForeScout: agentless endpoint visibility, control and system-wide orchestration
  • Fortscale: user and entity behavior analytics platform to detect insider threats
  • LookingGlass Cyber Solutions: threat intelligence-driven security and dynamic threat defense
  • Peerlyst: an on-line community of security professionals to share knowledge and connect to protect
  • PhantomCyber: orchestrates security operations delivering dramatic increases in productivity
  • ProtectWise: a virtual camera in the cloud that records everything on the network
  • RedSeal: cybersecurity analytics solution for enterprises to help maximize their digital resilience
  • ThreatQuotient: platform that automates, structures, and centrally manages threat intelligence
  • Wandera: mobile threat prevention, data cost management and compliance solutions

The Momentum Watch List for the third quarter of 2015 included:

  • Barkly: invisible agent endpoint security solution powered by advanced behavioral analytics
  • Bastille: IoT security platform with sensors that detect and protect against airborne threats
  • DomainTools: domain name and DNS-based cyber threat intelligence and cybercrime forensics
  • Hexadite: fully automated cyber incidence response solution
  • IronNet Security: real-time cyber defense utilizing behavioral modeling and big data analytics
  • Nuro: cognitive enterprise-grade group messaging designed for businesses to message securely
  • Survela: fully integrated cyber threat intelligence and surveillance platform to protect digital assets
  • Shadow Networks: advanced threat deception security solutions to detect and mitigate APTs
  • TrapX Security: deception based cybersecurity to detect, analyze and defend against attacks
  • vArmour: application-aware micro-segmentation and advanced security analytics

The Momentum Watch List for the second quarter of 2015 included:

  • Bayshore Networks: IoT security protecting industrial applications, networks, and workers
  • Cylance: endpoint security utilizing artificial intelligence, algorithmic science and machine learning
  • Darktrace: real-time cyber threat defense powered by machine learning and mathematics
  • Easy Solutions: detection and prevention of electronic fraud across all devices, channels and clouds
  • Elastica: data science powered SaaS application and cloud service security
  • Exabeam: user behavior analytics based upon security-based data science
  • Menlo Security: cloud-based isolation technology that eliminates malware from Web and email
  • RiskIQ: external threat management platform to secure an enterprise’s digital footprint
  • SnoopWall: counterveillance software focused on maintaining privacy across all computing devices
  • Vectra: automated threat management for real-time detection of in-progress cyber attacks

Included on the Watch List is the 2016 RSA Innovation Sandbox Winner PhantomCyber and three other finalists (Bastille, Menlo Security, and ProtectWise) as well as three finalists from 2015 (Bugcrowd, Fortscale, and Vectra). Additionally, five companies have raised their next round of financing (Exabeam, Hexadite, IronNet, Nuro, and Vectra) since making the Watch List while one company has been acquired (Elastica acquired by Blue Coat for $280 million). Watch out for increased strategic activity and maneuvering by these companies in the year ahead.

The complete Watch List with details on each company can be found here:

About Momentum Partners

Momentum Partners is based in Silicon Valley and provides strategic and financial advisory services to Founders/CEOs and their Boards in cybersecurity. The firm employs a high-touch advisory model suitable for both the unique needs of earlier stage entrepreneurs and the complexity of later stage endeavors – Series A to Exit. Advisors and dealmakers in cybersecurity for the past two decades, Momentum's senior professionals have closed over 200 transactions around the globe totaling over $200 billion in total value. Securities are offered through Momentum Capital Markets, LLC, a division of Financial Telesis Inc. Member FINRA/SIPC.

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Keith Skirbe

Release Summary

Momentum Partners completes selection of 40 cybersecurity companies to the firm’s annual Watch List from over 1,500 companies the firm tracks globally. Watch List announced at 2016 RSA Conference.


Momentum Partners
Keith Skirbe