The Cybersecurity 500 Recognizes Light Point Security As One of the Top Innovators in the World
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Light Point Security Top 500 Cybersecurity Company In The WorldI am excited to share that Light Point Security has been named one of the top 500 cybersecurity companies in the world. How exciting and cool is that! Cybersecurity Ventures released their Q3 2015 edition of the Cybersecurity 500, which is a global compilation of the world’s hottest and most innovative cybersecurity companies, and we are thrilled to be included among the best of the best.

The Cybersecurity 500 companies were selected based solely on merit – companies could not apply to get on the list, nor could they pay to get on it. The criteria used to select the 500 companies includes:

  • Cybersecurity Sector (market category)
  • Problem(s) Solved
  • Customer Base
  • Feedback from CISOs and Decision Makers
  • Feedback from IT Security Evaluators & Recommenders
  • Company Growth
  • Media Coverage
  • Notable Implementations
  • Founder and Management Pedigree

The full press release can be found here.

Light Point Security Ranked 471 On The Cybersecurity 500

Why Light Point Security is all about ‘isolation’
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Why Light Point Security is all about ‘isolation’Stephen Babcock, the Lead Reporter for Technical.ly Baltimore, recently interviewed me for a feature story on “Why Light Point Security is all about ‘isolation’” where we discussed Light Point Security’s technology, why isolation is better than detection and our latest partnerships. In case any of you missed it, below is an excerpt from the story.

 

 

Light Point Security is looking to pick up some new customers.

The cybersecurity firm, which is based out of bwtech@UMBC, recently inked a pair of new deals that are designed to grow the customer base, said CEO Zuly Gonzalez.

The five-person company makes a product called Light Point Web, which protects users’ computers from malware by providing a separate server for browsing. That separate server ensures that malware never reaches the users’ computer.

Gonzalez said it’s a different approach from other cybersecurity products, which rely on algorithms to detect potential threats.

“There’s so much new bad stuff being created everyday that these algorithms can’t keep up,” Gonzalez said. “We take a different approach. Our security is based on isolation.”

You can read the full story on Technical.ly Baltimore’s website here.

Light Point Security Partnership With Raven Data Technologies Provides MSPs With Additional Hosting Option
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Raven Data Technologies and Light Point Security Partner to deliver hosting for MSPsWe are excited to announce our partnership with Raven Data Technologies, an IT Solutions Company serving the MD, DC, VA, and PA region that specializes in providing security services to Managed Service Providers (MSPs). Raven Data Technologies combines decades of IT experience, risk management, and network security to deliver enterprise level IT solutions to businesses of any size, and we are thrilled that they have chosen to include Light Point Web Enterprise among their best-in-class managed security software offerings.

Light Point Web is a browser plugin that provides malware-free web browsing by transparently launching browsing sessions on a server-based virtual environment, thus preventing any website content (and possible malware) from ever reaching your computer.

Light Point Web offers flexible deployment options for every need: a cloud version for those that don’t want to deal with the hassle of maintaining their own servers, an on-premise version for enterprises that want more control, and now with our Raven Data Technologies partnership, a third-party hosted solution for Managed Service Providers that want to provide their clients with unmatched web security but don’t want to set up and maintain their own Light Point Web servers.

After vetting the Raven Data Technologies team we have selected them as our hosting partner for MSPs for their extensive security expertise and their vast knowledge of MSPs and their needs. Raven Data Technologies will now serve as our hosting partner for MSPs by hosting and maintaining the Light Point Web server infrastructure for them. Raven Data will also provide them with value added services, like technical support and client- and server-side upgrades.

To learn more about Raven Data Technologies and how they can help you secure your business, visit their website or follow them on Twitter.

Baltimore County Awards Light Point Security $105,000 Through Their Boost Fund
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Light Point Security Recipient of Boost Fund ProgramBaltimore County, Maryland announced the winners of their inaugural Boost Fund Program, and we are thrilled to announce that Light Point Security is among them!

The Baltimore County Boost Fund Program provides small, minority-owned, women-owned and/or veteran-owned businesses in Baltimore County with capital to boost their businesses and economic growth in the County.

Light Point Security is happy to have received $105,000 through the Boost program, and we look forward to putting it to good use.

The seven recipients of the Boost Fund were announced by Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz and UMBC President Dr. Freeman A. Hrabowski, III during a press conference at bwtech@UMBC.

We congratulate the other six winners and wish them much success in growing their companies!

Thank you Baltimore County for your continued support of Light Point Security!

Light Point Security Awarded $105,000 From the Boost Fund

 

Light Point Security CEO to Present at Columbia TechBreakfast
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Light Point Security to present at TechBreakfast eventWe’re excited to be presenting at the Columbia TechBreakfast tomorrow morning. TechBreakfast is a national organization with over 4,700 members in just the DC, Maryland, Virginia area, and over 7,000 members nationwide, with events in Silicon Valley, New York City, Austin, Philadelphia, and Boston, among others. TechBreakfast is a monthly demo-style event where entrepreneurs, techies, developers, designers, business people, and interested people see showcases on cool new technology in a demo format and interact with each other. The presenters have 7 minutes to demo and showcase their technology, followed by 3 minutes of Q&A from the audience.

We’re thrilled to have been selected to present at the TechBreakfast event in Columbia, MD tomorrow July 9 from 8:00am to 9:30am at the Loyola Columbia campus (8890 McGaw Rd #130, Columbia, MD). We demoed Light Point Security’s flagship product, Light Point Web, at last year’s Columbia TechBreakfast and had a lot of fun. We’re looking forward to giving the audience an update since last year and demonstrating Light Point Web’s new capabilities.

We hope you’ll join us. You can register to attend the free event here. Won’t be able to make it? Don’t despair. We’ll also be presenting at the Baltimore and Annapolis TechBreakfasts this fall.

Light Point Security Named 2014 Emerging Tech Company of the Year by the Howard Tech Council
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Light Point Security named 2014 Emerging Tech Company of the Year by the HTC

We are pleased to announce that the Howard Tech Council (HTC) has named Light Point Security the 2014 Emerging Tech Company of the Year! It’s a great honor to be recognized for a second year in a row by the HTC Tech Awards. Last year we took home the prize of Cybersecurity Company of the Year.

The Howard Tech Council is at the epicenter of the local tech community, and fuels innovation throughout Howard County and Central Maryland. Light Point Security is a proud and active member of the HTC.

Light Point Security will be featured during this year’s HTC Tech Awards Ceremony at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab Kossiakoff Center on May 28. This year’s keynote speaker is Christine Furstoss, the Technical Director for Manufacturing and Materials Technologies based at GE’s Global Research Center in Niskayuna, New York. She is responsible for working with leadership and R&D teams across the company, as well as with strategic partners, to assess, set strategy for growth, and implement critical process and materials developments for industry-leading products and manufacturing. In addition to working with the product teams across the company, Christine leads approximately 450 researchers at GE Global Research.

Please join us in what is sure to be a fun and engaging night as we celebrate another great year for our team at Light Point Security.

Light Point Security Named Top 3 Cybersecurity Company in the InvestMaryland Challenge
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Light Point Security named top 3 cybersecurity company in the InvestMaryland Challenge We are very excited to announce that Light Point Security has advanced to the final 3 cybersecurity companies in the InvestMaryland Challenge! The InvestMaryland Challenge is a national business competition that will award $100,000 to the winner.

A total of 260 companies applied across four categories: Information Technology, Cybersecurity, Life Sciences and General. The most innovative company from each of the four categories will be selected to win the $100,000 grand prize.

The winner will be announced on May 19 during the InvestMaryland Challenge Awards Ceremony at the National Aquarium in Baltimore. The awards ceremony will feature Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley and DBED Secretary Dominick Murray. A reception, remarks from public officials and the presentation of awards will be followed by an opportunity to explore the aquarium.

We hope you will join us at the awards ceremony as we celebrate Light Point Security’s success as one of the nation’s top cybersecurity companies!

As cyber attacks multiply, so do insurance policies that cover damages
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Baltimore Business Journal interviews Zuly GonzalezRyan McDonald, the Digital Producer for the Baltimore Business Journal, recently interviewed me for the publication’s latest cybersecurity story, “As cyber attacks multiply, so do insurance policies that cover damages,” where he discusses the pros and cons of purchasing cybersecurity insurance and how to go about it. I thought it was worth sharing here on our blog in case any of you missed it. Below is an excerpt from the story.

 

In the wake of high-profile security breaches that have affected major companies and universities, a growing number of firms are pushing a relatively new product for businesses: cyber security insurance.

American International Group Inc. is the latest big name to introduce a new offering. AIG this week announced it has started offering cyber security insurance to cover property damage and bodily injury.

“More insurance companies are jumping on that bandwagon and starting to offer cyber insurance,” Zuly Gonzalez, CEO of Baltimore-based cyber firm Light Point Security said.

The question for businesses is whether such policies are worth the money.

While purchasing cyber insurance could help your business alleviate some of the damages associated with a possible security breach, it may not be the right fit for every business owner.

“You have to make a decision on where you fit in terms of your risk profile,” Gonzalez said.

Companies should take the time to research the costs and benefits of cyber insurance, she said

You can read the full story on the Baltimore Business Journal’s website here.

The Use of Booth Babes – a Marketing Tactic Past Its Prime
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Please welcome Joanie Nelson! Joanie is our Marketing Assistant and since this is her first post on the site I thought I would give her a proper welcome. You’ll be seeing more posts from Joanie in the coming weeks.

There have been discussions among security professionals over the last week on the practice of using booth babes at tradeshows to attract foot traffic. We’ve also been discussing the issue internally and I asked Joanie to share her thoughts in a blog post. What follows is her post.

The number of booth babes at RSA is too damn high

The concept of “booth babes” has been around since 1967, when the first Consumer Electronics Show was held in New York City. Back then, they were known as “CES Guides,” a title that has been replaced with a less discerning one, “booth babes.” Since then, the marketing ploy has drifted into other technology trade shows and events, such as RSA.

Chenxi Wang, Ph.D., is the VP for Market Intelligence at Intel Security. She and many others are tired of this “old school” practice and she wants change. Tired of seeing booth babes year after year show up at the RSA conference, this year in particular, she was wholly turned off by the booth babes. After a year of controversial stories and news directly affecting the security sector, she was surprised to still see booth babes. She took to her blog, where she states her case for why booth babes need to go. Instead of the yearly rants and commentary on the presence of booth babes, she wants actual change. For women who are wanting to enter IT (like myself) and for future generations of girls, changing the dialogue could represent a powerful change in dynamic.

The security industry is dominated by men, something that is widely known. The purpose of these conferences is for companies to show off their new products and solutions. In 2014, the norm for conferences and trade shows should be to focus on the product and not market to majority using booth babes. At what point do companies realize they aren’t promoting their brand, but they are hurting their brand when they objectify a gender.

Winn Schwartau made his opinion known last year after the 2013 RSA Conference, where he states that he is, “offended that vendors can come up with amazing technologies but still find it necessary to resort to tickling the male amygdala to attract traffic to their booths.” He also states what is probably a more popular thought on this marketing technique in the security sector, is that most people are more interested in the technology and don’t want to see scantily clad women at booths.

Moreover, using these booth babes to draw in people, often brings the lower level professional, who isn’t there to buy services, but to check out the booth babes. Spencer Chen noticed this, when he put the booth babe marketing tactic to use. He found that his theory that booth babes don’t bring in more deals, leads, or foot traffic to be true.

For the security industry, it’s fair to say that most professionals want to be impressed by the technology. They want to know more about it and in detail. When wanting to know how a product can help protect your business or interests, who can take a woman in platform shoes and barely there clothing very seriously? In fact, it’s fair to assume most security professionals at RSA or another technology event would see through this kind of marketing and wonder what’s wrong with this product that they put it behind booth babes and not market it for a more technical oriented crowd; a crowd intelligent enough to see through the booth babes.

The bottom line on booth babes is they don’t add value to a booth. The focus should always be on the product. Attention should never be taken away from the brilliance of a solution. Staffing knowledgeable people, whether men or women, should be priority for companies who want to sell their technology to people who understand technology.

Light Point Security: One of Maryland’s Cyber Warriors
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Light Point Security is one of Maryland's hottest cybersecurity companiesThe CyberMaryland initiative published a very nice booklet titled “CyberMaryland: Meet Maryland’s Cyber Warriors” that showcases the many resources, opportunities and companies in Maryland’s cybersecurity ecosystem. The booklet was promoted during last week’s CyberMaryland 2013 Conference and will also be available at the RSA 2014 Conference.

Part of the booklet focused on showcasing Maryland’s hottest cybersecurity companies, and Light Point Security was one of the few companies chosen. We are honored to be mentioned alongside some of Maryland’s most successful cybersecurity companies like Sourcefire (who was acquired by Cisco for $2.7 billion just a few days ago), Tenable and Lockheed Martin.

Our CEO, Beau Adkins, sat down for a one-on-one interview with CyberMaryland. Below is the interview.

Q: How did you start out – what is the “backstory”?

A: We started Light Point Security because we recognized that the security industry was in desperate need of true innovation.

My co-founder, Zuly Gonzalez, and I are both former NSA employees with over 23 years of combined experience in offensive and defensive security. At NSA we worked on some of the most challenging security problems facing our nation. We realized that our national security was in jeopardy if the security industry kept going down the same path of attempting to detect malware after it had already reached the network.

We also saw how the impact of malware went well beyond the initial infection, in some cases causing companies to go out of business. We saw a huge opportunity, had the right skills to solve the problem and cared deeply about solving it. This lead to our decision to leave our secure government jobs to start Light Point Security, and create a product that truly protects you from web-based malware. We are dedicated to changing the way security professionals think about security.

Q: Who are your customers?

A: Our customers are enterprises in industries that deal with sensitive, confidential or proprietary information. For example, the financial, banking and defense industries. We have also had great success working with companies offering products that complement Light Point Web Enterprise.

Q: What makes you stand out from your competition?

A: Computer security hasn’t changed much in the last decade. Current security products rely on detecting malware in order to protect the user. The problem with this approach is that the rate of growth at which malware is being created on a daily basis makes it impossible for these detection-based products to keep up. As a result, malware easily evades these defenses and wreaks havoc on an enterprise.

Instead of trying to detect malicious software, our award-winning product assumes all web content is malicious and isolates it in a disposable container where it can do no harm. Furthermore, it happens automatically and invisibly to the employee, and without the need for constant updates. Light Point Web Enterprise requires no change in user behavior, no user training and no additional programs for the employee to deal with. They simply browse the web the way they always have, but with a level of protection no other security product can offer.

Q: Where do you see the company in 3 or 5 years?

A: Light Point Security will be a nationally recognized name in enterprise security, and a leader in the isolation-based security space. Light Point Security will be a center of cybersecurity innovation in Maryland, with a suite of products to protect our customers from even the most advanced malware. With a company culture that encourages innovation, Light Point Security will be the place where security professionals from all over the country will want to work.

Q: Why is Maryland so important to your organization?

A: Being headquartered in Maryland is the ideal location for cybersecurity companies. Fort Meade, other federal installations and top notch universities have been attracting cybersecurity talent to the state for years. With the high demand that is being placed on cybersecurity experts, hiring the best of the best can be challenging, but it is crucial to the success of a company. Tapping into Maryland’s thriving community of security professionals gives Light Point Security a competitive edge.

In addition, the abundance of cybersecurity resources, like the bwtech@UMBC Cyber Incubator, and Maryland’s dedication to growing the cybersecurity industry in the state means that there is no better place in the country to start and grow a business like ours.

 Light Point Security one of Maryland's cyber warriors

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