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Global awards for enterprise IT startups announce shortlist: Voting is now open

London, UK – 19th January 2017 – The Tech Trailblazers Awards, the first independent and dedicated awards program for enterprise information technology startups, has revealed its shortlist of the most innovative entrants and concepts in enterprise technology areas such as cloud, security, IoT, mobile and many more.

The shortlists have been selected by a panel of leading IT industry experts and are now open to public vote.

Tech Trailblazers Awards logo

In its fifth year, the scheme continues to focus around the ethos of finding innovation from anywhere in the world, from the smallest startups to more established players.

This aim to highlight both up-and-coming and established talent from all regions is reflected in the Firestarter Award for non-VC funded early stage startups. New this year are the Female and Male Tech Trailblazers of the Year awards, celebrating individual success and contribution of men and women in the enterprise tech space.

These categories run alongside the main technology categories of Big Data, Cloud, FinTech, IoT, Mobile, Security, Storage and Virtualization.

In addition to the expert judging panel, the voting public can now help determine who will win in all categories by voting online by 11:59pm Pacific Time on Friday 17th February 2017.

To view the shortlist and vote for your favourites, please visit http://www.techtrailblazers.com/shortlist.

Rose Ross, founder of the Tech Trailblazers Awards, said “Year on year, the judges’ task to shortlist becomes more and more difficult. We have again seen exceptional enterprise tech startups enter the awards. Huge thanks to our judges who once again have had this difficult mission.

The team wishes the very best of luck to our amazing finalists.”

Tech Trailblazers Awards Fifth Edition Finalists

Big Data
Adavow Ltd.

Tunbridge Wells, UK @adavow www.adavow.com
CoHo Data Palo Alto, CA, USA @cohodata www.cohodata.com
Crate.io San Francisco, CA, USA @CrateIO www.crate.io
DriveScale Sunnyvale, CA, USA @DriveScale_Inc www.drivescale.com
Illumr London, UK @illumr www.illumr.com
NGDATA Gent, Belgium @NGDATA_com www.ngdata.com

Cloud
Adavow Ltd.

Tunbridge Wells, UK @adavow www.adavow.com
Bioz, Inc. Palo Alto, CA, USA @biozPage www.bioz.com
Cato Networks Tel Aviv, Israel @CatoNetworks www.catonetworks.com
Fedr8 Farnborough, UK @fedr8 www.fedr8.com
GreatHorn Belmont, MA, USA @greathorn www.greathorn.com
Teridion San Francisco, CA, USA @teridionnet www.teridion.com
YellowDog Bristol, UK @yellowdogltd www.yellowdog.co

FinTech
Cashpundit Pune, India @cashpundit www.cashpundit.com
Divido London, UK @DividoUK www.divido.com
Solfyre Limited Worcester Park, UK @solfyreID www.solfyre.com
Solgari Dublin, Ireland @Solgaritweets www.solgari.com
TransferGuru London, UK @_TransferGuru www.transferguru.com
TruValue Labs San Francisco, CA, USA @truvaluelabs www.Insight360.io

IoT
CopSonic Montauban, France @copsonic www.copsonic.com
Crate.io San Francisco, CA, USA @CrateIO www.crate.io
Dashboard Exeter, UK @dashboard_ltd www.dashboard.net
MammothDB Sofia, Bulgaria @mammothdb www.mammothdb.com
Relayr Berlin, Germany @relayr_cloud www.relayr.io

Mobile
Jumio Palo Alto, CA, USA @jumio www.jumio.com
Leanplum San Francisco, CA, USA @leanplum www.leanplum.com
Pyze, Inc. Redwood City, CA, USA @PyzeInc www.pyze.com
SHYN.one Sofia, Bulgaria www.gain.im
Solfyre Limited Worcester Park, UK @solfyreID www.solfyre.com

Security
Attivo Networks Fremont, CA, USA @attivonetworks www.attivonetworks.com
CLT.Re Oslo, Norway @getcltre https://get.clt.re/
Cognetyx Houston, TX, USA @cognetyx www.cognetyx.com
Dispel New York, USA @dispelhq www.dispel.io
Hexadite Boston, MA, USA @Hexadite www.hexadite.com
InvizBox Dublin, Ireland @invizbox www.invizbox.com
Veriflo San Jose, CA, USA @VeriflowSystems www.veriflow.net

Storage
Catalogic Woodcliff Lake, NJ, USA @CatalogicSW www.catalogicsoftware.com
Cohesity Santa Clara, CA, USA @cohesity www.cohesity.com
Hedvig Santa Clara, CA, USA @HedvigInc www.hedviginc.com
Igneous Seattle, WA, USA @IgneousIO www.igneous.io
Rubrik Palo Alto, CA, USA @rubrikInc www.rubrik.com

Virtualization
128 Technology Burlington, MA, USA @128technology www.128technology.com
Cloudhouse Technologies London, UK @cloudhousetech www.cloudhouse.com
Teridion San Francisco, CA, USA @teridionnet www.teridion.com
Versa Networks Santa Clara, CA, USA @versanetworks www.versa-networks.com

Firestarter Award
Adavow Ltd Tunbridge Wells, UK @adavow www.adavow.com
CLT.Re Oslo, Norway @getcltre https://get.clt.re/
CyberSparta Reading, UK @CyberSparta www.cybersparta.com
Fuzz Stati0n Santa Cruz, CA, USA @fuzz_stati0n www.fuzzstati0n.com
Illumr London, UK @illumr www.illumr.com
Lucy Phishing Thalwil, Switzerland @lucysecurity www.phishing-server.com
SHYN.one Sofia, Bulgaria www.gain.im
Solfyre Ltd Worcester Park, UK @solfyreID www.solfyre.com
StorageOS London, UK @Storage_OS www.storageos.com
TransferGuru London, UK @_TransferGuru www.Transferguru.com
YellowDog Bristol, UK @yellowdogltd www.yellowdog.co

Female Tech Trailblazer of the Year Award
Dr. Karin Lachmi, Bioz, Inc. Palo Alto, CA, USA @biozPage www.bioz.com
Joanne Smith, RecordSure London, UK @recordsure www.recordsure.com
Leanne Harvey, Staff Spotlight Hampshire, UK @staffspotlight www.staffspotlight.com
Shreya Hewett, TransferGuru London, UK @transferguru_ www.transferguru.com
Faith Tulloch, TruValue Labs San Francisco, CA, USA @truvaluelabs www.Insight360.io

Male Tech Trailblazer of the Year Award
David Brown, Adavow Tunbridge Wells, UK @adavow www.adavow.com
Gur Shatz, Cato Networks Tel Aviv, Israel @CatoNetworks www.catonetworks.com
Gene Banman, DriveScale Sunnyvale, CA, USA @DriveScale_Inc www.drivescale.com
Tom Lyon, DriveScale Sunnyvale, CA, USA @DriveScale_Inc www.drivescale.com
Rhys Sharp, Fedr8 Farnborough, UK @fedr8 www.fedr8.com
Dickey Singh, Pyze, Inc. Redwood City, CA, USA @PyzeInc www.pyze.com
Kumar Mehta, Versa Networks Santa Clara, CA, USA @versanetworks www.versa-networks.com

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UK: +44 (0)20 8255 5225
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Follow the awards buzz at www.twitter.com/techtrailblaze

About the Tech Trailblazers Awards
Tech Trailblazers is a new concept in awards, designed explicitly for smaller businesses and startups that are five years old or less and at C-series funding or below.

The awards have low barriers to entry and not only recognize startup innovation but proactively help startups grow their business.

The awards include the following categories:

  • Big Data Trailblazers
  • Cloud Trailblazers
  • FinTech Trailblazers
  • Firestarter Trailblazers
  • IoT Trailblazers
  • Mobile Trailblazers
  • Security Trailblazers
  • Storage Trailblazers
  • Virtualization Trailblazers

Early stage startups (2 years and younger without VC funding) are able to apply for a chosen tech category free of charge via the new Firestarter bursary and are automatically submitted for the new Firestarter award.

In 2016, the Tech Trailblazers introduced the Female and Male Tech Trailblazers of the Year categories to celebrate individual success within senior members of enterprise tech startups.

The Tech Trailblazers Awards is supported by sponsors and industry partners including AfriLabs, Amoo Venture Capital Advisory, beSUCCESS, bnetTV, BigDataStartups, China AXLR8R, the Cloud Security Alliance, Computing, ExecEvent, GFT, GoMoNews, The Green Grid, GSMA, The Icehouse, Innovation Warehouse, Internet of Things Events, IP EXPO Europe, Launchpad Europe, L’Informaticien, Lissted, MIT/Stanford Venture Lab, The Next Silicon Valley, Outsource, Prezi, The Register, Silicon Cape Initiative, Skolkovo, StarTau, Startup America, Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA), Tech in Asia, TechNode, TiE Silicon Valley, Wazoku, Ventureburn and VMware.

Security Firm Nytron Launches in the U.S, Bringing Paranoid Threat-Agnostic Defense

Nyotron launches in the U.S. with a technology platform that it claims to be 'threat -agnostic', using the company's patented Behavior Pattern Map to identify potential risks. At the young age of only nine years-old, Nir Gaist was already running a cyb...

Giuliani announces he’ll be Trump’s czar for the cyber thing

Rudy Giuliani explains the cyber.Fox & Friends, Fox News reader comments 164 Share this story On Fox News' morning show Fox & Friends, former mayor (and frequent proxy for Donald Trump) Rudy Giuliani announced that he would be coordinating a cybersecurity advisory group for the Trump administration. Giuliani's bona fides for this role apparently spring from his time as chair of the "Cybersecurity, Privacy and Crisis Management Practice" at the New York law firm Greenberg Traurig, a position he assumed a year ago. However, it's not clear that Giuliani has ever had any direct experience in cybersecurity law or policy.

Giuliani previously was a partner in a Houston-based international law firm Bracewell (formerly Bracewell & Giuliani) for over 10 years, and he ran his own security consulting firm based on his mayoral experience and credibility from New York City's measures taken after the September 11, 2001 terror attack.

But Giuliani is really counting on private industry to provide all the answers. "The President-elect decided that he wanted to bring in on a regular basis the private sector—the corporate leaders in particular and thought leaders in particular for cyber, because we're so far behind," said Giuliani. "And it's his belief which I share, that a lot of the solutions are out there, we're just not sharing them.
IT's like cancer—there's cancer research going on all over the place. You'd almost wish they'd all get together in one room, and maybe they'd find a cure." Giuliani said he believes that industry will have to lead an answer to cybersecurity rather than government. "That's where we have the great creativity and we have the huge amount of money, and that's where we have these great companies, the greatest in the world," Giuliani said this morning. "So the idea here is to bring together corporate leaders and their technological people.

The president will meet with them on an ongoing basis, as well as anyone else in the administration… I'll coordinate the whole thing." The goal appears to be a one-way flow of information from industry to the government. "Number one, it'll give the government all the information available in the private sector," Giuliani explained. "Number two, it'll form a little more connection between these people who are doing cybersecurity so they can work with each other.
Some of these people, you put one and two together, you're going to come up with six." Much of the private sector already shares information with each other, so it's not really clear what benefit other than presidential face time corporate executives and "technological people" will get out of this proposed arrangement.

The financial industry, for example, has the Financial Services Information Sharing and Analysis Center; the auto, aviation, telecommunications, health, retail, and transportation industries, among others, all have their own organizations as well. Previously, there have been efforts, including the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act of 2015, to encourage an exchange of information between government and industry.

And the Obama administration made attempts to foster other industries to form information sharing and analysis organizations (ISAOs) through the Department of Homeland Security's National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center.

That administration also encouraged information sharing standards. It's not clear what roles any ISAOs will have in this new cybersecurity body, or even who the "thought leaders" Giuliani wants to participate will be.

But Giuliani apparently wants to include foreign cybersecurity firms, including some from Israel. "They have tremendous cyberdefense research," he said this morning. "We don't get access to that over here."

iPhone hacking biz Cellebrite hacked

Database pwned, cyber-forensics outfit admits The Israeli company that found fame when it was fingered as a potential source of hacking software used by the FBI to crack open an iPhone has itself been hacked. In a statement on its website, Cellebrite today admitted that an "external web server" containing the company's license management system had been accessed by an unknown third party.

The company is still investigating the extent of the hack, but it has advised all its customers to change their passwords. The biz says the database is an old one – it has migrated to a new system – but warned that basic contact information for people that were registered to receive notifications from the company has been accessed. Reportedly, as much as 900GB of information was taken. Such a database could prove valuable given Cellebrite's line of work: it specializes in mobile forensics.
In that capacity, the FBI apparently approached it in an effort to crack the iPhone of San Bernardino shooter Syed Farook. Farook was running version 9 of the iOS mobile software, which encrypted the phone's data and required a four-digit pin to access it.

Too many wrong tries effectively render the phone inoperable.

The FBI decided to use the case to have a very public fight with Apple over its security features, demanding that the iTunes giant give the FBI access to the phone. Apple refused, stating that it was effectively being told to break its own product, and the impasse became national news, with politicians dragged into the argument.
In the end, in a face-saving exercise, the FBI said it had found a third-party vendor that could access the phone, and backed down from what had by then become a legal challenge. Although neither the FBI nor Cellebrite ever confirmed the forensics company was the source of the hack, neither denied reports, either. Whatever biz bypassed the smartphone's security, it received as much as $1m for its troubles. With that amount of money flying about, it was inevitable that hackers would try to get into Cellebrite's systems. "Cellebrite actively maintains an ongoing information security program and is committed to safeguarding sensitive customer information using best-in-class security countermeasures," the company assured customers. "Once the investigation of this attack is complete, the company will take any appropriate steps necessary to harden its security posture to mitigate the risk of future breaches." The outfit, which is a subsidiary of the Japanese Sun Corporation but is based in Israel, said it was working with the authorities to try to track down the hackers. ® Sponsored: Flash enters the mainstream.
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GCHQ feeds first crop of infosec startups to Cyber Accelerator

Tech 'créche' will nurture firms to compete on the world stage The first infosec startups selected for the GCHQ Cyber Accelerator have been unveiled. The accelerator, which officially launches in Cheltenham later today, is part of a UK government-funded Cyber Innovation Centre. The tech créche is designed to nurture information security startups to the point where they can compete on the world stage, boosting British exports in the process. The seven early stage startups selected will receive benefits including access to technological and security expertise, networks, office space and mentoring during a three-month development programme. Contact with an extensive investor network and access to GCHQ's personnel and technical expertise form part of the package. The "magnificent seven" companies selected to join the programme include: CounterCraft, which has developed a cyber-security deception platform, designed to fool hackers with decoy computers, false data and fake identities Cyberowl, an early warning system for cyber attacks Cybersmart, a platform that automates implementation, certification and compliance with cyber-security standards FutureScaper, a collective intelligence platform that provides data visualisations that gives security analysts a better handle on security threats Spherical Defence, an intrusion detection system geared to the needs of the banking sector and featuring deep-learning technology StatusToday, providers of technology designed to detect insider attacks and inadvertent mistakes Verimuchme, a digital wallet and exchange platform The accelerator is a partnership between GCHQ, the Department of Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), and Wayra UK, the corporate accelerator that is part of the global Telefónica Open Future_ network. The cyber-security sector contributes around £2bn a year in exports to the UK economy, according to backers of the new programme. The accelerator forms part of the Cheltenham Innovation Centre, the first of two innovation centres created as part of the government's National Cyber Security Programme. A second innovation centre will open in London later this year. DCMS is contributing up to £50m over the next five years to deliver the two innovation centres. Minister of State for Digital and Culture Matt Hancock MP said: "I congratulate all the companies selected to join the new accelerator facility which is now open for business. This is an important step in delivering our National Cyber Security Strategy, and supported by £1.9bn transformative investment in cyber security. Based in Cheltenham, the accelerator will help UK entrepreneurs create cutting-edge technology to better protect the nation from cyber attacks and make going online safer for all." Government ministers backed plans for GCHQ to become an incubator for the next generation of infosec firms, first floated two years ago. The idea is inspired, in part, by the production line of successful cyber-security firms set up by alumni from Unit 8200, Israel's military intelligence unit. They have gone on to found Check Point, Palo Alto Networks, and numerous successful security firms. These companies went through their incubator phase while their future founders were serving compulsory military service, which even taken alone is a big difference from the UK model. The cyber-security company production line in Israel is 30 years old and therefore well established, not least thanks to links with US companies, investors and entrepreneurs. Team8, a cyber-security foundry created by members Unit 8200, this week announced a strategic funding round with investments from Microsoft and Qualcomm, among others. Team8 has raised $92m to date from previous investors including AT&T, Accenture and Eric Schmidt's Innovation Endeavors. This is all a long way from a three-month boot camp close to GCHQ but, then again, you have to start somewhere, assuming you agree that government has a role in backing this sort of investment, which is open to debate. ® Sponsored: Next gen cybersecurity. Visit The Register's security hub

If You Thought 2016 Was an IT Security Disaster, Just Wait...

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