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Cybersecurity Alert: British Invasion

By June 23, 2015Article

No, not a cyber-attack – not that kind of invasion. More like the mid-1960s British invasion when the Beatles, Rolling Stones, The Who and other great rock bands landed on U.S. soil and took the music world and young people by storm. 

This time it’s dozens of British cybersecurity companies that have landed on the Cybersecurity 500 list of the world’s hottest and most innovative cybersecurity companies – with more on their way. And these Cyber Brits are calling on U.S. CISOs (chief information security officers) and IT security folks with some really good tunes about warding off cyber threats and protecting corporate networks. 

Here’s a look at five British companies leading the charge. 

At the top of the charts is BT (British Telecom), an old stalwart to some; but this company recast itself in recent years as a hot cyber player and they’ve got a strong portfolio of managed security services. Their cybersecurity business has them looking fresh and new, and corporate America is listening. BT operates out if its U.S. head office in Irving, Texas. 

According to Gartner, the DLP (data loss prevention) space is the fastest growing segment of the cybersecurity industry at 18.9 percent. UK-based Clearswift is an award-winning player in that space. They have operations in New Jersey and plans for growth in the U.S. market. 

London-based Sophos was an old school antivirus vendor that went new school with a message for U.S. IT security executives around endpoint, mobile and Web security. Sophos has U.S. offices in Burlington, Mass., and in Santa Clara and San Mateo, Calif. 

SpamTitan, headquartered in Galway, Ireland, with a U.S. HQ in Florida is an emerging player helping U.S. companies fight a continual proliferation of spam, viruses, malware and email threats. 

Cybersecurity Ventures’ Q2 2015 Cybersecurity Market Report says “security will become the killer app for big data analytics.”  Big data is big business – $125 billion to be exact, according to research firm IDC. Silobreaker is a fast-growing emerging cybersecurity big data analytics player with offices in the UK and Sweden and is gaining more attention from U.S. corporations.

In Q2 2015 there are 22 British companies on the Cybersecurity 500, nearly double the number from Q1 2015.  Expect to see more by the end of this year and in 2016. 

Steve Morgan is founder and CEO at Cybersecurity Ventures and editor-in-chief of the Cybersecurity Market Report and the Cybersecurity 500 list of the world’s hottest and most innovative cybersecurity companies. Follow Steve on Twitter or connect with him on LinkedIn.