RSA is in full swing today, as keynotes begin at the Moscone Center. Yesterday's highlight was the Innovation Sandbox, in which ten of the most interesting start-ups in the sector competed for recognition.
Two finalists were selected from the field. One was Fortanix, whose runtime encryption protects data in use, and thus offers cloud users a trusted enclave. Applications run inside a secure envelope that travels with the app wherever it moves. The other finalist was BigID, which offers a solution to a range of privacy challenges by identifying personal data, correlating it with persons, and placing those data in context.
The judges finally selected BigID as the winner. The topicality of the challenges the company addresses, and those challenges' attendant market needs, carried the day.
Most Innovation Sandbox finalists have, over the years, compiled impressive records in the market. Success has by no means been confined to the winners, so it's worth giving another look to all of 2018's finalists: Alcavio (deception technology), Awake (security investigation platform that scales high-level expertise), BigID (advanced personal data discovery), BlueVector (machine learning and speculative code execution engines), CyberGRX (third-party cyber risk management), Fortanix (self-defending key management service), Hysolate (user freedom within air-gap security), ReFirm Labs (enterprise IoT firmware verification and validation), ShieldX (multi-cloud security platform), and StackRox (security for containerized and cloud-native applications).
We'll have continuing coverage of the RSA Conference throughout the week. If you'll be at San Francisco's Moscone Center this week, stop by and say hello to the CyberWire team. We'll be at the Akamai booth, #3625 in the North Hall. We hope to see you there (and we thank Akamai for their hospitality).