11 Security Companies to Watch

In spite of the headwinds from a stormy economy, these start-up companies are down the runway and taking off with innovative products and services for IT security. On their radar can be found a focus on botnet and malware detection as well as mobile and virtualization security.

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Our annual look at new security companies worth keeping an eye on. Are there others worth noting? Got experience with any of these companies? Leave your thoughts in our comments section.

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Key features: Cloud-based service intended to detect Web site infections that attackers carry out to turn legitimate sites into attack sites by injecting malware into them; plus a separate quarantining service that relies on Dasient software on a host Web server to contain and eliminate malware. More info.

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Key features: Small hardware device, installed in desktop computers, controls both access to USB ports as well as network access through domain separation based on factors such as time of day. More info.

Related story: Start-up Talis targets desktop security

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Key features: Software-as-a-service for fraud detection related to Web site log-in procedures by means of IP geo-location and keyboard analysis. Also offered as on premises gateway. More info.

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Key features: Switch, which includes both a Windows client software component and cloud-based management and enforcement, lets users encrypt any information to be shared with any authorized recipient with the Egress client software to decrypt it. More info.

Related story: Two start-ups, Egress and SafeMashups, make debut today

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Key features: The Failsafe appliance, placed in the corporate network, monitors for signs of botnets. More info.

Related story: Damballa unveils anti-botnet product, bad mouths McAfee A/V

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Key features: This application for one-time password authentication for mobile phones works with the FireID authentication server to provide higher security than re-usable passwords. More info.

Related story: RSA Conference's Innovation Sandbox

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Key features: Enables policy enforcement for administrative use of VMware ESX servers and the Virtual Center management console. More info.

Related story: Start-up HyTrust debuts policy enforcement for VMware

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Key features: A set of tools that provides a way to monitor, detect and if necessary, block the use of data associated with Microsoft's SharePoint server platform. More info.

Related story: InDorse unwraps data-protection suite

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Key features: Web toolkit works with digital certificates to apply trust relationships to a Web application interacting with another Web application in a dynamic mashup. More info.

Related story: Two start-ups, Egress and SafeMashups, make debut today

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Key features: Typically offered by financial institutions to their customers, Rapport monitors transactions to detect possible phishing attacks. More info.

Related story: ING Direct Bank offers free antiphishing software

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Key features: Developed as a highly scalable, fast and reliable directory server that is also part database to provide high-speed data retrieval, particularly for Web-based services and mobile computing. More info.

Related story: Start-up UnboundID unveils directory for Web 2.0

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