On entry to the event, it’s immediately evident that some vendors really go ‘all out’ with their stalls and presentations. They have spared no expense on getting their best people down to the event, setting up extravagant stands, and offering some pretty impressive freebies.
Over the course of the three days, we had the privilege of meeting with representatives from all manner of vendors, ranging from start-ups to multinational corporates.
Our Business Development Manager, Lance Latchman, met with Evident.IO’s Tom M. Orella. Evident.IO provide Amazon Web Services Security solutions, and look to be moving in the right direction to become a major player within the market.
We were also fortunate to meet with Cyphort’s Denise Hayman. We were left with an incredibly strong impression of Denise, who is experienced and knowledgeable about the market, and truly an ambassador for women in technology. Cyphort is a provider of Advanced Threat Protection solutions that defend against current and emerging Advanced Persistent Threats, targeted attacks, and zero day vulnerabilities.
Checkmarx was another vendor that we had the pleasure of catching up with. An Israeli vendor founded in 2006, they specialise in application security solutions, and have been named as one of Gartner’s “Cool Vendors” in Application Security. Overall, these guys were great, and seem to be doing fantastically.
A chat with Tariq Ahmed and Ben Todd left us in awe of start-up vendor Lancope, a provider of network visibility and security intelligence for enterprises. Their solution is getting a lot of attention, and it’s obvious why. With one of the best presented stands at the conference, they exuded self-belief which supported the general market perception of them.
Other impressive professionals we encountered included Lastline’s John “Thor” Bradshaw – one of the industry’s most visionary PreSales leaders – as well as Ruby Khaira (Firemon), Ross Brewer (LogRhythm), Kelly Brazil (Elastica), Steve Durkin (Infoblox) and Luca Simonelli (OpenDNS).
I met with Alain Sergile – VP Product Marketing – for Ionic Security. Ionic are a data security platform that provides access control, intellectual property monitoring, data encryption, and policy management. They’re growing aggressively across EMEA and have just had series C funding in January 2015. They have strong growth plans and Alain was really enthusiastic guy – definitely a vendor to watch out for.
The security team were invited to various meetups whilst at the conference. We had the privilege of spending time with the guys from Firemon, CyberArk, Palo Alto Networks and Tenable Network Security, amongst others. These mini-events offered our team the fantastic opportunity to converse with industry legends, such as Jack Daniel of Tenable Networks, who was inducted into the Infosecurity Europe Hall of Fame, and Karl Driesen, former VP Sales at Palo Alto Networks and now VP EMEA for Elastica – both truly fascinating gentlemen!
Overall, the event was brilliant and, given more time, we probably could have covered even more of the floor, meeting with more innovative vendors. The feeling in the hall was that of real progress, with contagious energy throughout. We would strongly recommend attending an Infosec event, and are already looking forward to next year.
“Seeing a wave of change since last year’s InfoSec event, with many new brands, faces and changes in the security vendor landscape. There will be much more change, with the more well established brands consolidating market share, whilst the more disruptive start-ups continue to develop their challenging technologies, creating forces that fail to go unnoticed. The market is growing and developing at a rate like never before, and it is a true pleasure to be known across the industry for assisting these businesses with building and enhancing their international presence across global territories. The warm welcome I received, and open discussions I had with industry leaders I met at the event, confirmed that they have received – or can clearly see – the value coming from a longstanding partnership with Emerald Technology.”