By Ellen Messmer
There’s a rush in security startups looking to tackle everything from identity management to encrypting cloud data. Here are some of the latest companies worth keeping an eye on…
Headquarters: Barre, Vt. 2010 No venture-capital funding Dave Porcello, CEO and technical lead Pwnie Express may be a one-man band, but it’s profitable.
Leader: Dave Porcello
Fun fact: The company originated in Dave Porcello’s basement
Why we’re watching it: Mark Hughes, director of marketing and sales for the startup, admits it can be hard to get a good phone connection in this rural area of Vermont. But that didn’t stop company founder Dave Porcello from coming up with vulnerability-assessment penetrating tools, including one called PwnPlug, that range in price from about $570 to $800. The network penetration tools, largely based on open source, compete with those from Core Security and Rapid7, among others. Pwnie Express is tiny, but with about $300,000 in revenues last year, was profitable.