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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6. MyPermissions

MyPermissions, cloud security tool startup

What they do: Provide a service that helps users manage, control, and monitor which apps and websites have access to their personal information.

Headquarters: Tel Aviv, Israel

CEO: Olivier Amar, who was previously the VP Marketing at GetTaxi and Toyga Financial.

Founded: 2012

Funding: The company has raised a $1 million seed round led by 500 Startups, lool Ventures and 2B Angels, with participation from Plus Ventures and angel investor Robby Hilkowitz.

Why they're on this list: Every time you sign up for a new online service, you're asked for personal information -- information an attacker could use for identity theft. For instance, Facebook recently revealed that there were over 850 million third-party connections performed with Facebook connect.

Meanwhile, 82 of the top-grossing iOS apps use some form of social connect to validate users, and 63 of the top Android apps do the same.

MyPermissions mobile and web-based solutions monitor users' personal information and provide alerts to users when apps or services try to access pieces of their personal information (photos, financial information, location data, etc.). The solutions also allow users to review what permissions apps and services have access to, so they can decide to allow or deny the app that requested permission to do something along the lines of posting on a users' behalf, accessing their contacts, or using a personal photo.

Business customers include Vod.io, EQuala.fm, Sytlemarks, and Any.DO.

Competitive Landscape: Competitors include Secure.me and Privacy Choice.

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