Cybersecurity 500 List of the World's Hottest Security Companies

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Cybersecurity Ventures Announces Q2 2015 Directory of Cyber and Infosecurity Firms

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22% of the Cybersecurity 500 listed companies (110 companies) had international (non-U.S.) headquarters, a substantial increase over the Q1 2015 list.

Cybersecurity Ventures has announced the Q2 2015 edition of the Cybersecurity 500, a list of the world’s hottest and most innovative cybersecurity companies.

The Cybersecurity 500 is at

The Cybersecurity industry is growing from $71 Billion last year to $155+ Billion in 2019, according to consolidated estimates by IT research firms. There are many new entrants as well as M&A, investment and IPO activity, that is constantly changing the vendor and service provider landscape. The Cybersecurity 500 creates awareness and recognition for the most innovative cybersecurity companies – ranging from the largest brands, to VC backed startups and emerging players, to small firms with potentially game-changing technologies, to solution providers poised for growth around productized or vertically focused services.

Editor’s Choice For #1 is FireEye

Number one on the list is Cybersecurity Ventures Editors’ Choice, FireEye, the highflying Milpitas CA based cybersecurity and malware protection company.

AVG Tops Growing List of International Companies

AVG, with global headquarters in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, is the top listed international company and number six overall. AVG announced they have surpassed two-hundred million active users of their software.

22% of the Cybersecurity 500 listed companies (110 companies) had international (non-U.S.) headquarters, a substantial increase over the Q1 2015 list. Countries outside the U.S. with companies listed are: United Kingdom (20 companies); Israel (16); Canada (13); Germany (12); France (5); Ireland, The Netherlands, Denmark (4 each); Finland, China, Australia, Brazil (3 each); Italy, Greece, Spain, Switzerland, Sweden, Romania, South Korea; Argentina (2 each); and Russia, Slovakia, Japan, Hong Kong, India, South Africa, Czech Republic, Singapore, Portugal (1 each).

IBM’s Security Business Moves Up

Technology giant IBM ascended to number eight on the list, after integrating a number of divisions and acquisitions in to their now called IBM Security business, and a clarified message to the market.

Selection Criteria For The Cybersecurity 500

“We continuously look at thousands of companies for inclusion in the Cybersecurity 500, by soliciting feedback from CISOs, IT security practitioners and service providers, and researching hundreds of cybersecurity events and news sources that we follow” says Steve Morgan, founder and CEO at Cybersecurity Ventures, and Editor-In-Chief of the Cybersecurity 500.

The selection criteria for the Cybersecurity 500 includes some or all of the following when evaluating each company:

Cybersecurity Sector (market category)
Problem(s) Solved
Customer Base
Feedback from CISOs and Decision Makers
Feedback from IT Security Evaluators & Recommenders
Feedback from VARs, SIs and Consultants
VC Funding
Company Growth
Published Product Reviews
Demos and Presentations at Conferences
Corporate Marketing and Branding
Media Coverage
Notable Implementations
Founder and Management Pedigree
Interviews with Senior Management

The Cybersecurity 500 does not ‘rank’ companies by revenues, employees, or annual growth. “We do not think a list of the largest cybersecurity companies is useful to our target audience of cyber and IT security decision makers, evaluators, and recommenders” says Morgan. “They already know who the biggest vendors are. Instead, we give a nod to the hottest and most innovative companies”.

Searchable Directory

The Cybersecurity 500 is a keyword-searchable directory. Users can type in a cybersecurity term or acronym i.e. ‘malware’, ‘incident response’, ‘threat management’, ‘encryption’, ‘mobile’ etc., and then view a list of companies who provide solutions in that category. A link to the corporate website is displayed next to each company that is listed.

“The driving force behind the Cybersecurity 500 was providing something useful to the CISOs and security decision makers, evaluators, and recommenders” said Morgan. “Our compilation lets them search and find specific types of solutions from the most innovative Cybersecurity companies in the industry.”

Quarterly Editions & Monthly Updates

Cybersecurity Ventures publishes a new edition of the Cybersecurity 500 each quarter. The revised quarterly editions have new companies coming on the list, others dropping off, and changes to the listing order, to accurately reflect the current hottest and most innovative companies. There are also monthly updates to the list, with specific market sectors and geographies being reviewed by Cybersecurity Ventures’ editors.

All Companies Selected Based on Merit

The Cybersecurity 500 is not a ‘pay-to-play’ list. There is no cost for a company to be included, and every company on the list has been selected based on merit. After a company is selected and listed, there are paid premium listings and advertising opportunities. Premium listings are limited to specific positions for each company, based on a range where they qualify to be listed.

NOTE: FireEye did not pay to be included on the Cybersecurity 500 list, and they did not pay to be listed number one.

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