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RSA Conference Announces Finalists for Innovation Sandbox Contest 2017

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Conference Event to Honor Information Security’s Next Generation of Groundbreaking Technologies 

BEDFORD, MA – January 17, 2017  RSA Conference, the world’s leading information security conferences and expositions, today announces the 10 finalists for its annual Innovation Sandbox Contest. The competition is dedicated to encouraging out-of-the-box ideas and the exploration of new technologies that have the potential to transform the information security industry. Past winners include successful companies such as Sourcefire, Imperva, Waratek, and most recently Phantom.

On Monday, February 13, 2017, each of this year’s finalists demonstrate its technology to conference attendees, as well as a judging panel that includes Asheem Chandna, partner at Greylock Partners; Gerhard Eschelbeck, vice president of security and privacy engineering at Google; Niloofar Razi Howe, senior vice president and chief strategy officer, RSA Corporate; Patrick Heim, head of trust and security at Dropbox; and Paul Kocher, president and chief scientist of Cryptography Research division at Rambus. The finalists also deliver a short presentation to the judges, who determine “RSA Conference 2017’s Most Innovative Startup.”

The finalists (in alphabetical order) are:

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This year, the selection process has been updated to provide a more transparent and thorough review for both judges and finalists. These changes include:

  • Judges will now get demos of the products ahead of the February 13 pitching contest.
  • Judges will have a debrief with the top two to three finalists before selecting and announcing a winner on February 13.

“This year’s submissions for the Innovation Sandbox Contest represented an incredibly competitive group,” said Sandra Toms, vice president at RSA and curator of RSA Conference. “It’s inspiring each year to see the strength in submissions as it demonstrates how cybersecurity professionals are collaborating to present innovative solutions to help businesses protect themselves. As enterprises continue to look to RSA Conference as an indicator of the industry’s progress and next steps, we are thrilled to be able to provide these finalists an opportunity to showcase their product to both potential customers and the cybersecurity community.”

“We’re excited to be partnering once again with RSA Conference for this year’s Innovation Sandbox Contest,” said Alexandra Ames, Senior Marketing Manager, TechCrunch. “TechCrunch looks forward to the finalists’ presentations to see what new techniques will be brought to the stage to help transform information security and help individuals, enterprises and organizations alike keep their data safe.”

About RSA Conference
RSA Conference is the premier series of global events where the world talks security and leadership gathers, advances and emerges. Whether attending in the U.S., the EMEA region, or the Asia-Pacific region, RSA Conference events are where the security industry converges to discuss current and future concerns and get access to the people, content and ideas that help enable individuals and companies to win, grow and do their best. It is the ultimate marketplace for the latest technologies and hands-on educational opportunities that help industry professionals discover how to make their companies more secure while showcasing the most enterprising, influential and thought-provoking thinkers and leaders in security today. For information on events, online programming and the most up-to-date news pertaining to the information security industry visit


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For more information:
Julie Frey
SHIFT Communications
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