PRODUCTS l Industry innovators
his is a surprising and Of course, it would be alright we have a pleasant surprise for of pretty bad economic years.
T special category. The
selection this year came
to our attention through pure
with all of us if our maverick
did both very well, but it is not
you next year.
It is our intent to supplement
our single entry this year with
The evolution of innovation
is unpredictable, but it seems to
continue in some form almost
serendipity. However, I really In this year’s case, our selec- several next year. However, at no matter what else is going on
hope that we have started some- tion has taken a solid, billion the recent SC World Congress, in the world. It may take a brief
thing here going forward. dollar-plus business and rein- we saw some pretty innovative hiatus from time to time, but
When we look for innovative vented itself while protecting companies and products in our information increasingly
mavericks, we need a venue its core market. That takes our ﬁrst Security Innovators needs to be protected and it is
and this category – Special some clever planning and it Throwdown, a contest for up to us as security profession-
mention – ﬁlls the bill nicely. certainly satisﬁes anyone’s young technology companies als to see to that duty.
Here I have broken my own criteria for innovation. We’ll (we’ll discuss the winners in As we look for new tech-
rule a bit. A company that we discuss this, do a bit of analysis a future issue). Meanwhile, I niques and tools each year,
put here may only be innova- and send them forward with think that you will be pleas- companies such as the ones
tive in one of our two aspects: our best wishes and close scru- antly surprised at what’s going that we have highlighted this
technology or go-to-market. tiny for next year. We hope that on as we recover from a couple month will provide them for
us. I’ve heard – and I agree –
that a couple of years is an eter-
At the recent SC World Congress, nity in the IT security business.
And that – exactly that – is the
we saw some pretty innovative challenge that these companies
and companies just like them