Reflections of SINET Showcase 2013 and a New Perspective for 2014
10 January 2014
As we welcome in the New Year, I would like to express my gratitude for your support of our mission to advance innovation in the Cybersecurity domain. And as I reflect back to the SINET Showcase in early December, where we welcomed more than 350 leaders of the Cybersecurity community, I’m grateful to have met, collaborated with and learned about the new class of entrepreneurs who are driving innovation to secure our information systems and critical infrastructure.
Of SINET’s four events delivered each year, Showcase is my favorite. It has a specific deliverable and provides a platform for entrepreneurs from around the world to have a voice that enables them to share their inventions. It exemplifies what SINET is about: a global community of interest and trust that fosters collaboration between the public and private sectors, and showcases interesting and innovative solutions. To me, the highlight of the event was meeting the inspired entrepreneurs who are bringing this innovation to market, and connecting them with the investors and buyers who can help them to realize their objectives.
SINET Overview Video from Showcase 2013
The trends revealed by this year’s class of SINET 16 Innovators included solutions focused on situational awareness and security management systems. Access control, mobile applications and network security were all represented. We also saw many emerging security solutions focused on protecting and securing the “Internet-of-Things,” applications and Internet ecosystems.
As I reflect on our past SINET 16 innovators, I’m proud to share that some are achieving success, including companies that have been acquired, such as Kinamik Data Integrity, Breaking Point, Solera Networks, SilverTail Systems and Mykonos Software, and many that have raised capital, including Catbird, Invincea, Ciperhcloud, Symplified, Triumfant, Appthority and Bromium. In fact, Mocana received $25 million in 2012 in a series “D” round funding, eight months after meeting Alberto Yepez of Trident Capital during a Showcase coaching session. And FireEye, a SINET Innovator from our first Showcase that went public in September, is a success story that keeps adding chapters, having recently purchased Mandiant for $1 billion.
We also applaud those entrepreneurs who have applied from around the world, such as Codenomicon, Seculert, and PerspecsSys, among companies from Canada, Norway, UK, Spain, Israel, Australia, New Zealand and other nations. It’s great to see the global interest; and to that end, we are very excited to take the SINET model abroad to London, England in September 2014. We hope you’ll join us.
It is clear that the market is experiencing an ideal environment for innovation to accelerate and prosper. We are truly blessed to be in the middle of such a dynamic and exciting era. Yet, traditional models, solutions and approaches are not advancing the Cybersecurity agenda fast enough.
Let 2014 be the year for us to “be different” and to not only think out of the box, but to ask the question: “why not a circle?” All of us focused on improving Cybersecurity are experiencing our own disruption — one that is calling for us not only to embrace and lead change, but most importantly, to not be afraid of change. Let us reevaluate the way we traditionally view risk, explore early adoption and introduce new models that are desperately needed to stay ahead of the adversary.
The importance of highlighting and accelerating innovation continues to be imperative, not only for the entrepreneur, but to the higher calling: the national security and economic interests of the US and our trusted global allies.
Thank you for you continued support in SINET and our combined mission to defeat those who would do harm to our critical systems. I believe that if one is passionate about something, everything else just seems to fall into place. And only when one takes risks, can we truly alter the world…
Robert D. Rodriguez
Chairman and Founder
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