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 Web Integrates With Metascan Online to Protect Against Malicious Downloads
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OPSWAT LogoWe recently added a new feature to Light Point Web that warrants some extra recognition. We have added a server-side integration with OPSWAT’s Metascan Online service to provide yet another best-in-class layer of security for our users.

Metascan Online is a cloud service that can scan files with over 40 anti-virus engines, and do so in a matter of seconds. The fact that Metascan Online uses so many anti-virus engines is important. Just because one anti-virus engine claims that a file is safe, it doesn’t mean it is. It could be safe… or it could just be that this is a newer virus that has not been identified by that anti-virus vendor yet. It is actually common for new malware to only be identified by a small number of the anti-virus engines. With Metascan Online using so many anti-virus engines, we can get a much greater level of confidence that a safe file is indeed safe.

With our integration with Metascan Online, our users will get an extra level of assurance that every file they download is safe without having to wait around for the results. We offer this service for no extra charge for our cloud users.

How Does It Work?

When a user wants to download a file, Light Point Web will ask for their permission. If they say yes, that file will be downloaded to the Light Point Web server. Light Point Web will then ask Metascan Online to scan that file. If it is safe, the file is streamed to the user’s computer and the user is informed of the scan results.

LPS download no threats detected

If, on the other hand, the file is found to be malicious, the download is blocked and a message informs the user why.

LPS download threat detected

This all happens seamlessly to the user, so no extra work is required by the user to get this additional layer of protection.

Coming soon: If a file is found to be malicious, the dialog will also include a link to the scan results so that you can see further details on the threat detected and which engines detected it.

Enterprise Options

For our enterprise customers, we offer a couple of options: Metascan Online or Metascan on-premises. OPSWAT offers both a cloud version and an on-premise version of Metascan. This gives our enterprise customers the flexibility of choosing the option that works best for them.

If you are interested in learning more about how Light Point Web protects you while browsing the web, contact us, or sign up for a free trial to experience worry free web browsing for yourself.

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 Finalist for 2014 Maryland Incubator Company of the Year
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Maryland ICOY 2014We are pleased to announce that Light Point Security has been chosen as a finalist for this year’s Maryland Incubator Company of the Year (ICOY) Awards for the Best Cyber Security Company category. The Maryland ICOY awards support current clients and graduates of Maryland incubators by helping increase awareness and visibility for promising young companies.

The finalists were chosen by a team of more than 3 dozen industry experts and investors. The winners will be announced at the ICOY awards ceremony, which will be held at the American Visionary Art Museum in Baltimore on Tuesday, June 10.

We are thrilled that Light Point Security continues to receive industry recognition for the amazing work we are doing to stop web-based threats.

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.

Light Point Security Selected As a Finalist in the 2014 InvestMaryland Challenge
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Light Point Security advances in the InvestMaryland ChallengeWe are excited to announce that Light Point Security has advanced to the final 6 companies of the InvestMaryland Challenge in the Cybersecurity category. The InvestMaryland Challenge is a national business competition aiming to help fund promising startups. This year there are 4 categories, and one winner will be chosen from each. Each winner will receive a $100,000 grant.

A total of 260 companies applied this year across four catagories: Information Technology, Cybersecurity, Life Sciences and General. A total of 41 finalists are still in the running for the 4 top prizes.

The next phase of the competition will be a face-to-face pitch to the judges. Each company will give a 15 minute presentation, followed by a 10 minute Q&A session. The final winners will be announced at an awards ceremony in April.

We are honored to have been selected as a finalist in the competition, and there are still a lot of great companies in the running. Please wish us luck!

Say Hello to Our New CEO – Zuly Gonzalez
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Zuly Gonzalez - CEO of Light Point Security
Zuly Gonzalez – CEO

When I first had the idea for what is now Light Point Web years ago, I knew that I needed a partner to help me turn it into a business. Zuly Gonzalez joined me as that partner, and her initial role was as our CFO. After things got rolling with our company, it quickly became obvious that she could do much more than that. So we refocused our roles: I would be the CEO and CTO, and she would be the COO and CFO.

But if you have ever met or talked to Zuly, you will know she never fails to impress. She has been doing a lot of public speaking for our company, she talks to customers, she coordinates sales, pilots, and partnerships, and she keeps us in the news.

In short, she has become the face of the company. Light Point Security is a high tech company on the bleeding edge of the next wave of computer security. As such, my role as CTO leaves me with no time to perform the CEO role. All these things combined left me with a decision to make with an obvious answer.

I have decided to step down as the official CEO of Light Point Security, and name Zuly Gonzalez as the new CEO.

These roles are better suited to each of our skillsets. Zuly has been performing above and beyond as our COO, so if she keeps doing what she has been, she will be a terrific CEO. I can now stay focused on what I do best; making technical innovations and keeping our customers safe online.

Please send your congratulations and wishes of good luck to Zuly on Twitter at @ZulyGonz.

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

Light Point Security Advances to the Final 5 of the Wall Street Journal’s Startup of the Year
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Light Point Security Wall Street Journal Startup of the YearAs most of you know, Light Point Security was one of 24 companies selected to participate in the Wall Street Journal’s Startup of the Year series. Since the series launched on June 24, we’ve participated in several tasks and have had to endure 3 elimination rounds. We are happy to report that we survived the latest elimination round on Sept 26! This puts Light Point Security in the top 5 most innovative and risk-taking startups in the nation according to the WSJ. We are pretty darn proud of that!

Many thanks to everyone that has supported us through out this competition! You can catch up on all our videos by going to Light Point Security’s profile page on the WSJ. And while you’re at it, please take a second to vote for Light Point Security. We would love your vote!

Here’s the video announcing the final 5 companies of the Wall Street Journal Startup of the Year:

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