Security startups to watch for 2022

Security startups are often innovation leaders. These are some of the most interesting ones to watch as they tackle issues around cloud security, asset management and more.

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The problems cybersecurity startups attempt to solve are often a bit ahead of the mainstream. They can move faster than most established companies to fill gaps or emerging needs. Startups can often innovative faster because they are unfettered by an installed base.

The downside, of course, is that startups often lack resources and maturity. It’s a risk for a company to commit to a startup’s product or platform, and it requires a different kind of customer/vendor relationship. The rewards, however, can be huge if it gives that company a competitive advantage or reduces stress on security resources.

The vendors below represent some of the most interesting startups (defined here as a company founded or emerging from stealth mode in the past two years).

[Editor's note: This article, originally published February 4, 2022, is periodically updated as new startups emerge.]


Recently emerging from stealth, 443ID offers a real-time risk API for open-source intelligence (OSINT) data. OSINT Risk produces a score that rates an individual's or entity's risk to a business based on signals that the customer chooses. Customers may start with 443ID-provided templates or custom build their own. The product then drives workflows through the authentication process, triggering actions such as a secondary authentication factor depending on the risk score.


BastionZero offers a cloud service that uses a "cryptographic multi-root zero-trust protocol" that the company claims provides more secure remote access without the need for privileged access. By "multi-root," it means that BastionZero splits control of targets between a single sign-on (SSO) solution and its own service. two roots of trustIts service integrates with Linux, Kubernetes, webservers, databases, and SSO tools. BastionZero was founded in 2020.

Blueshift Cybersecurity

Blueshift Cybersecurity offers an extended detection and response service for small- to medium-sized (SMB) businesses and the defense industry. Blueshift XDR provides its unique detection and prevention capabilities as a service with a 24/7/365 security operations center (SOC). It uses layered security, advanced automation and machine learning to prevent, repel and remediate cyber threats. The company was founded in 2021.

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