Security firms make Red Herring 100

Continuing a theme that's flowering here on the blog, there's a bit of evidence that "high technology" is starting to recognize that physical security exists. For example, the Red Herring 100 is a list of privately held technology companies that are identified as potentially "disruptive," etc., and therefore bear watching. Last year, the list included exactly zero physical-security-oriented companies, despite there being a category labeled "security/defense." For high-tech types, "security" only means IT security: email, network, what they call access control, etc. (Also, please note that in the two events I'm looking at, the keynote speakers for the Red Herring 100 event include just one woman, so IT types are apparently as homogeneous as physical security types - I thought they were progressive!) This year, though, there's actually a nod to physical security. For example, Pivot3 made the list, and they focus their "serverless computing" pretty directly at the security surveillance market. And Vumii made it, too. They actually manufacture cameras! Cameras as high technology - who knew? So, two of the eight "security & defense" companies (they added an ampersand and took out the slash this year) are actually physical-security-related. I take that to be a good sign. High-tech companies and start-ups eyeing security might in the short run make for a glut of manufacturers and suppliers in the space, but in the long-run will make the technology move forward faster and offer better options for integrators to bring to their customers.


I am not sure if Red Herring is still relevant even within high technology. They seem to live off of their distance bubble 1.0 past (see the Wikipedia entry for details on their rise and fall - )