Founders: Michael Madon, Tim Jackson
Year founded: 2016
Number of employees: 10
Cyber problem you are solving: 95% of security breaches are caused by human error. Ataata helps companies fight costly information security breaches caused by everyday employee mistakes, bloopers and oversights.
DC is the global HQ for the cyber industry because: Home of National Intelligence
Founder: Joe Saunders
Year founded: 2015
Number of employees: 5
Cyber problem you are solving: Hackers typically gain control of systems via memory corruption errors and buffer overflow exploits. RunSafe Security hardens binaries against these, utilizing two runtime application self-protection (RASP) techniques. The RunSafe transform function protects vulnerable operations underpinning data centers, IoT devices like routers, vehicles and medical devices, or industrial control systems in power plants and utilities.
DC is the global HQ for the cyber industry because: DC has the most talented cyber security workforce in the world. Not only is the U.S. Government a leader in cyber security, the start up community and innovation in the DC area is greatly accelerating innovation. It's no wonder VCs from across the country are investing in companies launched here!
Virgil Security, Inc.
Founders: CEO Michael W. Wellman & CTO Dmitry Dain
Year founded: 2014
Number of employees: 35
Cyber problem you are solving: Virgil Security, Inc., provides password-free authentication, encryption, distributed immutable data storage via Blockchain, and verification of data, devices, and identities that is quickly and easily integrated into developer products – often in just hours – with no prior cryptographic knowledge or training required.
DC is the global HQ for the cyber industry because: The DC area is a global HQ for cybersecurity because the greater DC area invented the commercial Internet and evolved to become the epicenter of the cloud. Proximity to the seat of the US government and the organizations that serve the government make the area all but unique in the world. As a result, there is a constant flow of motivated and talented people into the area. Add an increasingly active angel investment and venture capital community and you’ll understand why DC is a leading hub for cybersecurity.
Founder: John Trauth
Year founded: July 2014
Number of employees: ~30
Cyber problem you are solving: Bricata is breathing new innovation into the mature, but under-served market, of standalone intrusion detection and prevention. The problem they solve centers on the over-reliance on network perimeter security such as traditional antivirus and firewalls.
DC is the global HQ for the cyber industry because: Washington, DC and the greater region in Maryland and Northern Virginia has fostered a unique mix of both commercial and government entities with keen interested in cybersecurity innovation. This area is home to customers, partners and even competition – and rising tide lifts all boats.