Open Raven Named a Finalist for the RSA Conference 2021 Innovation Sandbox

Dave Cole
April 15, 2021

Marina del Rey, CA – April 15, 2021 – Open Raven, a cloud native data platform, announced today that it has been named one of 10 finalists for the RSA Conference 2021 Innovation Sandbox Contest for its work making data governance activities such as inventory and classification straightforward while automating security tasks like preventing data leaks and meeting compliance objectives. On Wednesday, May 19, Open Raven will present its technology to a panel of renowned cybersecurity industry judges and a live virtual audience at RSA Conference 2021.

Since 2005, the RSAC Innovation Sandbox has served as a platform for the boldest young cybersecurity companies to showcase their groundbreaking technologies and compete for the title of “Most Innovative Startup.” The competition is widely recognized as a catapult for success, as the top 10 finalists have collectively seen over 50 acquisitions and $8.2 billion in funding since the start of the contest. Open Raven will have three minutes to pitch the panel of judges before a question-and-answer round.

“We are happy to welcome the RSAC Innovation Sandbox Contest finalists to our virtual stage and we look forward to hearing about their innovative ideas that are sure to combat tomorrow’s cybersecurity threats,” said Linda Gray Martin, Vice President, RSA Conference. “For the last 16 years, RSAC Innovation Sandbox Contest finalists have gone on to make significant impacts on the world of cybersecurity. We are confident that this year’s finalists will continue the trend with their thought-provoking approaches and will make a lasting impact on the industry.”

The data economy is driving explosive growth, not solely in the amount of data but also in terms of the number of people, systems, and partners that handle it. Data mature organizations struggle to answer foundational questions, from where data is to how it is being secured. The massive data stores that are the lifeblood of a modern company are increasingly also the biggest targets for attackers, from determined adversaries to opportunistic threats.

There are ample solutions to handle on-premises and user data, as well as those that take on the problem of privacy compliance. In spite of this, the vast piles of data accumulating in the cloud inside services such as Amazon Web Services S3, Snowflake and Google BigQuery are an organization’s biggest blind spot. Open Raven is squarely aimed at solving the challenge of defending these vital data lakes and warehouses.

“The transition to the cloud was painful for security teamsー it was led by the business with security as an afterthought” states Dave Cole, Open Raven CEO and co-founder. “Data mature organizations are in the midst of an equally critical transformation now and once again the security industry is at risk of falling behind. Open Raven is obsessed with making sure security teams can defend our data, keeping pace with the rest of the business and ahead of attackers.”

The contest kicks off on May 19 at 9:20 AM PT and winners will be announced at 10:45 AM PT that same day. Hugh Thompson, Program Committee Chair of RSA Conference, will return to host the contest. The renowned panel of expert judges includes Dorit Dor, VP Products, Check Point Software Technologies; Niloo Howe, Principal and Founder, Razi Ventures; Paul Kocher, Security Researcher and Entrepreneur; Shlomo Kramer, Co-founder and CEO, Cato Networks; and Christopher Young, Executive Vice President, Microsoft. 

For more information regarding RSA Conference 2021, taking place as a virtual experience, visit

About Open Raven

Open Raven is a cloud native data platform directly aimed at restoring visibility and control of customers’ data, automating an organization’s ability to prevent breaches, defend against attacks and meet their compliance needs. Data is the lifeblood of the modern economy. The companies at the forefront do an exceptional job at equipping their data teams, but far too often security and cloud infrastructure teams do not have the right tools to keep pace with the explosive growth of their data. Fundamental questions such as “Where’s our data?”, “What types of data do we have?”, and “Is it secured properly?” are too time consuming and expensive to answer. Open Raven eliminates blind spots by fully mapping a cloud estate using serverless functions and native APIs, classifying data at petabyte scale, and enabling effortless policy-based monitoring that fits existing workflows. 

About RSA Conference

RSA Conference is the premier series of global events and year-round learning for the cybersecurity community. RSAC is where the security industry converges to discuss current and future concerns and have access to the experts, unbiased content and ideas that help enable individuals and companies advance their cybersecurity posture and build stronger and smarter teams. Both in-person and online, RSAC brings the cybersecurity industry together and empowers the collective "we" to stand against cyberthreats around the world. RSAC 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 cybersecurity today. For the most up-to-date news pertaining to the cybersecurity industry visit Where the world talks security.

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