NexDefense Selected as Finalist for RSA® Conference Innovation Sandbox Contest 2015

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NexDefense is Recognized for its Potential to Transform the Cybersecurity Industry

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As cyber threats continue to become more targeted and advanced, NexDefense is certain to be at the forefront of protecting the world’s most critical infrastructure from a successful cyber attack.

NexDefense, the foremost authority on cybersecurity for automation and control systems, has been named one of 10 finalists for RSA® Conference Innovation Sandbox Contest 2015, which is celebrating its 10-year anniversary this year. On Monday, April 20, 2015, NexDefense will have the opportunity showcase its innovative information security technology to the Innovation Sandbox Contest panel of judges for a chance to be named “Most Innovative Company at RSA Conference 2015.”

Innovation Sandbox Contest promotes new approaches to information security technology, provides advice and counsel for entrepreneurs, and exposes the RSA Conference community to venture capitalists, industry experts, senior level business practitioners and thought leaders.

“Success awaits those that are named to the top 10 finalists for RSA Conference Innovation Sandbox Contest,” said Sandra Toms, vice president and curator for RSA Conferences. “Year after year, finalists have gained visibility and validation within the information security industry that has catapulted them to new heights. Many past winners and finalists have experienced high growth and increased funding, and we expect the same with this year’s top 10.”

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.

“Being recognized by RSA validates the market need for anomaly detection security that is specific to critical control systems, assets and equipment,” said Michael Sayre, Co-Founder, President and CEO of NexDefense. “As cyber threats continue to become more targeted and advanced, NexDefense is certain to be at the forefront of protecting the world’s most critical infrastructure from a successful cyber attack.”

The “Most Innovative Company at RSA Conference 2015” winner will be determined at the conclusion of Innovation Sandbox Contest, after each finalist gives a short presentation to a panel of judges that includes Asheem Chandna, partner at Greylock Partners; Gerhard Eschelbeck, vice president of security engineering at Google; Renee Guttman, vice president for information risk at Accuvant; Patrick Heim, head of trust and security at DropBox; and Paul Kocher, president of Cryptography Research.

Additional information about the “Most Innovative Company at RSA Conference 2015” and Innovation Sandbox Contest can be found at:

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.

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