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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9. Skyhigh Networks

Skyhigh Networks, cloud security tool startup

What they do: Provide a cloud lifecycle and security suite, which discovers, analyzes, and secures various cloud services.

Headquarters: Cupertino, Calif.

CEO: Rajiv Gupta. He formerly founded Securent and served as its CEO. After Cisco acquired Securent for $100 million in 2007, Gupta joined Cisco and served as VP/GM of the Policy Management Business Unit.

Founded: December 2011

Funding: In May 2013, Sequoia Capital and Greylock Partners invested $20 million in a Series B round, bringing total funding to $26.5 million.

Why they're on this list: Skyhigh Networks had a good year in 2013, securing a hefty funding round in May and releasing Skyhigh Secure, an end-to-end cloud security solution, in August.

Skyhigh's free Cloud Risk Assessment discovers and quantifies an enterprise's cloud usage, providing complete visibility into all IaaS, PaaS, and SaaS cloud services used by employees. Skyhigh then delivers a risk assessment for all the cloud services used by employees based on 30 attributes across data, user, device, service and business categories. This helps organizations isolate potential data leaks, security breaches, and non-compliance with regulatory and internal policies from the use of cloud services.

The risk assessment tool feeds into Skyhigh Secure, which provides security and control of the cloud lifecycle. Skyhigh Secure offers contextual access control, application auditing, encryption, data loss prevention (DLP), and cloud-to-cloud access control.

Customers include Cisco, Diebold, Equinix, and Torrance Memorial Medical Center.

Competitive Landscape: Skyhigh competes with Netskope, but expect to see several startups emerge from stealth mode in 2014.

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