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San Francisco Leads Cyber Cities Globally

By September 8, 2015Article

Cybersecurity is one of the fastest growing and biggest tech sectors. 

The worldwide cybersecurity market is defined by market sizing estimates that range from $77 billion in 2015 to $170 billion by 2020. 

The Cybersecurity 500 – published quarterly by Cybersecurity Ventures – creates awareness and recognition for the hottest and most innovative cybersecurity companies globally – ranging from the largest and most recognizable 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. 

Here are the top cyber cities listed by their number of Cybersecurity 500 companies in Q3 2015 (only cities with five or more companies are listed): 

San Francisco: 17

San Jose, Calif.: 16

Mountain View, Calif.: 13

Sunnyvale, Calif.: 13

New York City: 12

Austin, Texas: 11

London (UK): 11

Santa Clara, Calif.: 11

Boston: 10

Palo Alto, Calif.: 9

Tel Aviv (Israel): 8

Atlanta: 7

Redwood City, Calif.: 7

San Antonio: 6

Arlington, Va.: 6

Campbell, Calif.: 6

Cupertino, Calif.: 6

Herndon, Va.: 6

Waltham, Mass.: 6

Los Angeles: 5

McLean, Va.: 5

Reston, Va.: 5

San Mateo, Calif.: 5 

Silicon Valley dominates the list with San Francisco as the top cyber city, followed by San Jose, Mountain View and Sunnyvale all in the top five. 

There are over one hundred Cybersecurity 500 companies with corporate headquarters in Silicon Valley cities. 

The Cybersecurity 500 list does not give special consideration to San Francisco or the Bay Area, and reviews companies nationally and globally based on the following selection criteria: 

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 Valley is the clear leader in the cyber space – undoubtedly due to its dense concentration of tech talent and venture capital. 

Other hot regions in the U.S. with Cybersecurity 500 companies include New England (primarily Mass.), Metro D.C. (Va., Md., and D.C.), Southern Calif., and New York Metro (primarily N.Y. and N.J.). 

The leading international regions are the U.K. and Israel, led by London and Tel-Aviv – both of which are top cyber cities. 

The entire Cybersecurity 500 list for Q3 2015 can be seen here

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.

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