A New Line of Defense: 5 Up-and-Coming Data Security Companies
Whether protecting the personal information on a single smartphone or a Fortune 500 company from a catastrophic data breach, data security is a quickly becoming one of the most vital industries in the world. As technology continues to advance at a rapid pace and as people and businesses rely on digital technology to store valuable information, data protection companies have to stay ahead of any and every security vulnerability. The following are five of the up-and-coming data security companies that make sure it all goes smoothly:
Outlier is who you call when you’ve already been victim to a data security breech. Started by Greg Hoglund in 2012, Outlier is a team of forensic security specialists who design systems that quickly pinpoint the location of a data breach. Typically, when there is data intrusion, the whole system needs to be scrutinized, which leaves it open to further intrusion. Outlier is basically security for your security. It passively analyzes your security protocols at all times, and, if it detects a compromise, it lets you know exactly where the breach took place. No more having to search through the haystack for a needle.
A denial of service attack can completely debilitate a company’s web presence by clogging all of the bandwidth allocated to its servers, causing them to crash. It’s also an extremely easy way to breach a company’s security. You don’t need to break through any encryption, you just need enough resources and a bone to pick. Luckily, Sentrix’s specialty is denial of service attacks. Once an attack is underway, its platform instantly mirrors your website on cloud services like Amazon or Azure so you stay up and running. It’s a novel solution to an increasingly common problem for businesses.
LifeLock’s services are aimed directly at the cellphone-carrying consumer. Over 100 million Americans own smartphones, according to comScore, and they are quickly becoming the preferred target for fraud and identity theft. LifeLock‘s popularity is due not only to its effectiveness as a fraud deterrent but also to its ease of use. It provides you with a platform for strengthening passwords and encrypting personal data. It also monitors that data on the backend and provides constant alerts if any suspicious activity occurs. If you use your smartphone for any kind of monetary or data transactions, you can’t go wrong with LifeLock.
One of the key components of data security is encryption. If data security is a lock, then encryption is the combination. The longer and more complicated the combination, the harder it is to open the lock. Secure Channels claims that its encryption is so good that it would take an advanced supercomputer nine times the age of the universe to crack it. That’s because it doesn’t put the bulk of your data behind one layer of encryption. The company breaks it down into chunks, and then encrypt each piece separately. That’s a lot of locks. On the front end, Secure Channels offers you a highly-customizable platform so you have complete control of the strength and complexity of your encryption.
If you have experienced a malware attack on your computer, you know just how frustrating it can be. If a piece of malware slips by your computer’s security, it can be nearly impossible to get rid of it without completely formatting the hard drive and starting fresh. The problem is that new breeds of malware are born every day, and so your security system doesn’t always have time to learn how to spot it. TrustPipe offers the solution. Using only 14 sets of “behavior expressions” common to all malware, its software detects attacks instantly. The company has spent two years throwing every possible malware variation at its software and it has yet to fail. A commercial version will be available on Windows, Macs and Linux by the end of 2015.
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