10 Cloud Security Startups to Watch in 2014

The market for cloud security tools is expected to grow significantly in the coming year. Here are 10 cloud security startups that could help boost cloud adoption in 2014 and beyond.

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10. SnoopWall

SnoopWall, cloud security tool startup

What they do: Provide antispyware/antimalware "counterveillance" software that detects and blocks remote control, spying and eavesdropping on computers, tablets, smartphones and other mobile devices.

Headquarters: Nashua, N.H.

CEO: Gary Miliefsky. He was formerly founder and CTO of NetClarity.

Founded: 2013

Funding: SnoopWall is currently backed by an undisclosed amount of angel funding.

Why they're on this list: Cyberintrusions are getting more worrisome by the day. Not only do you have to worry about overseas hackers, but now being concerned that the NSA is snooping on you doesn't get you labeled as crazy. Moreover, zero-day malware, which is undetected by most current cybersecurity solutions, often infiltrates devices when users install apps they believe to be trustworthy.

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SnoopWall flags and prevents cyberthreats, acting as a "port authority gatekeeper" to prevent access to high-risk data ports, including webcams, microphones, GPS, USB and other points of entry that are susceptible to becoming infected with malicious code.

Competitive Landscape: SnoopWall is uniquely positioned for now. However, after SnoopWall made a big splash at DEMO Fall 2013, expect to see other antimalware providers add similar features to their suites.

Jeff Vance is a Los Angeles-based freelance writer who focuses on next-generation technology trends. Follow him on Twitter @ JWVance. Follow everything from CIO.com on Twitter @CIOonline, Facebook, Google + and LinkedIn.

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