Dark Reading Announces Winners of Best of Black Hat Awards

Information security leaders recognized during Black Hat USA, taking place this week in Las Vegas

Aug 3, 2016

SAN FRANCISCO, Aug. 3, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, Dark Reading announced the winners of the inaugural Best of Black Hat Awards, a new program recognizing innovative companies and business leaders in the Black Hat USA Business Hall. Awards spanned three categories, honoring technical developments within the security industry. Winners were recognized during an awards ceremony held in conjunction with Black Hat USA, running July 30August 4 at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas. For more information about the Awards, visit http://ubm.io/BestofBHWinners.

Best of Black Hat Awards

And the winners are…

Most Innovative Startup: Deep Instinct LTD
Deep learning is the next stage of machine learning, mimicking the brain's ability to learn and make decisions, and Deep Instinct is the first company to apply this type of artificial intelligence to cybersecurity, which made the company a top choice for the Award. In addition, benchmark tests of Deep Instinct's technology indicate a high degree of accuracy in detecting malware, at 99.2%. And unlike some endpoint security approaches, it occurs locally and there's no sandbox or kicking it to the cloud for additional analysis. 

Finalists: Phantom Cyber Corp. and SafeBreach Inc.

Most Innovative Emerging Company: Vectra Inc.
Vectra addresses several of security professionals' most persistent challenges, with solutions that are both inventive and practical. Their solution helps prioritize threats for your specific organization, can reduce attacker dwell time, and do so with a lightweight solution. Most importantly, Vectra's tool allows security teams to identify their most important assets, by making sure those systems are identified at the top of the priority list.

Finalists: SentinelOne and ZeroFOX

Most Innovative Thought Leader: Paul Vixie, Farsight Security
Paul enjoys working, researching and innovating in areas where few others are willing to go. In the last year, Paul has taken some of the lessons he's learned about DNS and the way the internet works, and built Farsight Security, which collects and processes more than 200,000 observations per second to help security operations centers and incident response teams identify threats more quickly. In addition to his work with Farsight Security, he continues to participate in a variety of efforts, including source address validation; the OpSec Trust initiative, which is building a trusted, vetted security community for sharing information, and Internet governance, including the controversial discussion around route name service.

Finalists: Krishna Narayanaswamy, Chief Scientist and Co-founder, Netskope, Inc. and Jeff Williams, Chief Technology Officer and Co-founder, Contrast Security

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Future Black Hat Dates and Events

  • Black Hat Europe 2016, Business Design Centre, London, England, November 1-4, 2016
  • Black Hat Asia 2017, Marina Bay Sands, Singapore, March 28-31, 2017

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About Dark Reading
Dark Reading is the cybersecurity industry's top destination for news and insight. The site gives cybersecurity professionals an editorially supported environment to connect with peers through moderated discussions, blogs and social media. Cybersecurity professionals visit Dark Reading to learn about cyber threats, vulnerabilities and technology trends. It's where they discuss potential defenses against the latest attacks, and key technologies and practices that may help protect their most sensitive data in the future. It's where they come to engage with one another and with Dark Reading editors to embrace new (and big) ideas, find answers to their IT security questions and solve their most pressing problems. For more information, go to http://www.darkreading.com. Dark Reading is organized by UBM Americas, a part of UBM plc (UBM.L), an Events First marketing and communications services business. For more information, visit ubmamericas.com.

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