NexDefense Named a TAG Top 40 Innovative Technology Company for its Industrial Control Systems Cybersecurity

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For second consecutive year, Technology Association of Georgia honors NexDefense for innovation and contributions to the state’s technology community

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We are pleased to be recognized two years in a row for our technology innovation and contribution to the state of Georgia, and look forward to many more outstanding years to come.

NexDefense, the leading authority on cybersecurity for industrial control systems (ICS), today announced that it has been named a “Top 40” most innovative technology company by the Technology Association of Georgia (TAG). An honoree for the second year in a row, NexDefense was selected from among over 100 applications submitted by companies from across Georgia. NexDefense and other winners will be showcased in an exhibition at The 2016 Georgia Technology Summit on March 17, 2016, at the Cobb Galleria Centre.

TAG’S Top 40 Awards recognize Georgia-based technology companies for their innovation, financial impact, and their efforts at spreading awareness of Georgia’s technology initiatives throughout the United States and globally.

“The 2016 Top 40 finalists are an elite group of innovators who represent the very best of Georgia’s Technology community,” said Tino Mantella, president and CEO of TAG. “The 2016 Top 40 finalists are shining examples of what makes our state such a hotbed for technology and we applaud them for standing out as leaders in Georgia’s technology community.”

NexDefense helps organizations across critical infrastructure sectors to identify threats, reduce risks and better maintain the availability, integrity and confidentiality of all essential operations. Sophia™, its patent-pending Industrial Network Anomaly Detection (INAD) system, is a cybersecurity solution purpose-built for control systems to enhance protection while also facilitating compliance to standards and best practices. Sophia also understands ICS protocols and provides real-time insight into systems to give organizations visibility and access to the data they need to know to make real-time decisions to better protect critical infrastructure from cyber attacks.

"An extraordinary number of truly innovative technology companies participated in this year’s Top 40 competition, demonstrating the depth and breadth of Georgia's technology community," said Dennis Zakas, managing partner of Zakas & Leonard, LLP, CEO of Zinc., and chairperson of the Top 40 Selection Committee. “In fact, based on the quality of the contestants, we could have had a 'Top 60' without losing a beat."

“We strategically moved NexDefense’s headquarters from Silicon Valley to Atlanta to capitalize on the city’s depth of experience and cybersecurity talent,” said Mike Sayre, co-founder, president and CEO of NexDefense. “Each day we are reminded that the choice we made was the correct one. We are pleased to be recognized two years in a row for our technology innovation and contribution to the state of Georgia, and look forward to many more outstanding years to come. ”

The 2016 Georgia Technology Summit is expected to draw a crowd of more than 1,300 C-level executives, entrepreneurs, technology professionals and academia to celebrate and recognize Georgia’s technology community. In addition to presentations from some of the top technology influencers in the nation, the newest member of the Technology Hall of Fame of Georgia will be inducted.

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 control system operators with the real-time knowledge needed to maintain system integrity and combat sophisticated cybersecurity threats. Through Sophia™, a patent-pending industrial network monitoring and anomaly detection system, control system engineers, operators and security practitioners can gain valuable insight into networking events and activities that can negatively affect vital process and manufacturing systems. When employed throughout the control system’s lifecycle, its proven capacity to continuously identify, analyze and warn about deviations from normal operations provides unparalleled situational awareness and actionable intelligence to limit risk, reduce liabilities and enhance control system safety, security and productivity. 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 30,000 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.

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 or TAG’s community website at To learn about the TAG-Ed Collaborative visit

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