Announcing Xconomy Cybersecurity Channel

It doesn’t seem to matter where you live, what you do, or what industry your company is in—the likelihood of a cyber attack is growing, and protecting yourself is ever more front of mind.

Xconomy’s editors around the United States have certainly encountered that reality, as they are increasingly covering more and more cybersecurity issues. What’s more, these issues are affecting every domain we cover—from biotech to energy to information technology and more. Reflecting this trend, the past few years have seen a growing number of startups, investments, and technology innovations in the cyber sector. We have included security-related sessions at several events, and in recent months we’ve held two special dinners—in Boston and San Francisco—to bring together cybersecurity leaders, for us to glean insights for our coverage and for them to share thoughts about the latest trends, challenges, and advances in the space.

Today, to help our readers keep track of this fast-moving field, Xconomy is announcing a dedicated Cybersecurity channel that will showcase all stories about cyber companies, people, and trends from across our 11-market network. It is our seventh such national channel, joining Startups; Fintech; Health IT, Cleantech; Exome (life sciences); and Xperience, our consumer tech channel.

We’d like to thank a special group of underwriters who have joined us at launch in supporting the cybersecurity channel: Black Duck Software; Resilient, an IBM Company; Cybereason; Veracode; and Dyn.

We will be publishing a special suite of articles over the next few days to help us kick off the channel. Yesterday, we unveiled a map and table of Boston-area cyber companies, put together by senior editor Jeff Engel. The Boston area has emerged as one of the leading cyber clusters in the world. We have so far identified more than 60 relevant companies in the region, and Engel reports that together they have attracted an impressive $1.7 billion in investment capital—and that’s not counting firms that have been acquired or gone public (he has numbers on those exits as well). You can find their locations and information about them in the map and in our table.

We also published an Op-Ed post on credential theft from noted cybersecurity expert Bruce Schneier.

Today we are publishing a more in-depth article on the Boston cluster. And coming soon will be a special Glossary of Terms page in which we attempt to identify and define key terms in cybersecurity. One of the issues brought out at our dinners and other discussions is that there is great confusion about what various terms mean—even among experts—and we are attempting to set the record straight in one prominent location. We intend this Cybersecurity Glossary to be a living document that we will add to and improve over time.

And all this is just the beginning, as we will be reporting on cybersecurity issues and companies from around our network. We hope you will enjoy this new way of following this important field.

Bob is Xconomy's founder and editor in chief. You can e-mail him at bbuderi@xconomy.com, call him at 617.500.5926. Follow @bbuderi

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