NexDefense Named Top 10 Innovative Technology Company in Georgia

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Technology Association of Georgia (TAG) Awards NexDefense for its Cybersecurity Innovation and Contributions to State’s Technology Community

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We are excited about leveraging the deep pool of talent and resources that Georgia offers as we work to fulfill our mission of protecting the world's controls systems and the critical services they provide.

NexDefense, the foremost authority on cybersecurity for automation and control systems, today announced that it has been named a “Top 10” most innovative technology company by the Technology Association of Georgia (TAG). NexDefense was chosen from TAG’s "Top 40" 2015, and its selection was based on a number of criteria, including: degree of innovation; scope and financial impact of innovation; likelihood of success; and promotion of Georgia's innovative efforts nationally and internationally.

NexDefense provides cybersecurity for the control systems and automation of critical infrastructure, which includes power, oil & gas, water and defense facilities, through its patent-pending Industrial Network Anomaly Detection (INAD) software known as Sophia. A result of collaboration between the U.S. Department of Energy, Battelle Energy Alliance and Idaho National Laboratories, Sophia presents real-time intelligence that empowers operators to quickly expose anomalies and act before impact to avoid potential disruption and maintain reliability. Sophia’s ability to discover assets, visualize traffic patterns, and alert on deviations from normal operations provides unprecedented visibility and insight that limits risk, reduces liabilities, and ensures the integrity of the automation and control systems that are essential to our nation’s infrastructure. NexDefense announced commercial availability of Sophia in November 2014, after a successful beta with more than 70 organizations.

"The competition for Top 10 recognition was particularly fierce this year," said Dennis Zakas, a partner and founder of Zakas & Leonard, LLP, Chair of Group Office Buys, LLC, and chairperson of the Top 40 Selection Committee. "The Top 10 demonstrates the depth and breadth of Georgia's technology community. We are pleased to recognize this group of companies and believe that the community will be just as impressed as we are by their innovation and impact on Georgia's technology industry."

TAG will recognize NexDefense and the other winners at the 2015 Georgia Technology Summit (GTS) on March 25, 2015, at the Cobb Galleria Centre.

“We moved NexDefense from Silicon Valley to Georgia because of the city’s preeminent cybersecurity talent and the maturity of the greater technology ecosystem,” said Mike Sayre, NexDefense’s co-founder, president and CEO. “We are excited about leveraging the deep pool of talent and resources that Georgia offers as we work to fulfill our mission of protecting the world's control systems and the critical services they provide.”

For more information on NexDefense, visit and follow us on Twitter @nexdefense. For more information about TAG and the Georgia Technology Summit and to register for the event, visit Follow the conversation on Twitter through #TAGGTS.

About NexDefense:
NexDefense empowers industrial automation and control system operators in critical infrastructure and defense facilities with the real-time knowledge needed to maintain system integrity and combat sophisticated security threats. Through Sophia, a patent-pending Industrial Network Anomaly Detection (INAD) system, engineers, security, and control system operators can covertly maintain direct insight and control over threats and increase compliance without sacrificing productivity, optimization or performance. Originally funded by the United States Department of Energy and developed at the Idaho National Laboratory (INL) under the management by the Battelle Energy Alliance, Sophia’s proven capacity to continuously identify, analyze and warn about deviations from normal operations limits risk, reduces liabilities and ensures the integrity of critical industrial automation and control systems. For more information on NexDefense, visit and follow us @NexDefense.

About The Technology Association of Georgia (TAG)
TAG is the leading technology industry association in the state, serving more than 26,000 members through regional chapters in Metro Atlanta, Athens, Augusta, Columbus, Macon/Middle Georgia and Savannah. TAG’s mission is to educate, promote, and unite Georgia’s technology community to foster an innovative and connected marketplace that stimulates and enhances a tech-based economy. The association provides networking and educational programs; celebrates Georgia’s technology leaders and companies; and advocates for legislative action that enhances the state’s economic climate for technology.

TAG hosts over 200 events each year and serves as an umbrella organization for 34 professional societies. Additionally, the TAG Education Collaborative (TAG’s charitable arm) focuses on helping science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education initiatives thrive. For more information visit the TAG website at To learn about the TAG-Ed Collaborative, visit

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