An analysis of the Black Hat USA 2018 Business Hall
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bhusa2018-bizhall

An analysis of the Black Hat USA 2018 Business Hall. There is a corresponding Medium post.

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Raw data table of all vendors exhibiting

Charts with stats on VC-backed vendors exhibiting

Top 20 Venture Capital firms, based on number of investments into companies in the Business Hall

List of Private Equity firms with a majority stake in companies in the Business Hall

Super serious analysis

A Note on Data Collection

Vendors were retrieved from the Black Hat 2018 Business Hall Floorplan, and exclude any Federal agencies, educational organizations, or nonprofits. I also excluded any companies in the Career Zone, as they are aiming to recruit security talent rather than sell products or services (for example, I presume Major League Baseball is not selling the latest Threat Intelligence Automation on the Blockchain.)

Glossary / Legend

  • IC = Innovation City

Innovation City is a designated area in the Business Hall that offers turnkey displays, enabling early-stage companies to showcase their products and solutions to Black Hat USA attendees.

  • VC = A security startup which remains private and un-acqiured, and has raised VC funding

  • VC-NS = A non-security startup which remains private and un-acquired, and has raised VC funding

  • PE = Private Equity

  • Private = A privately-held security company which is not owned by another entity and has not raised VC funding

  • PR-NS = A privately held non-security company which is not owned by another entity and has not raised VC funding

  • IPO = A publicly-traded security company

  • IPO-NS = A publicly traded company whose primary business is not security

  • M&A = A company who was acquired by another vendor (in this list, mostly acquired in the past year)

  • Sub = A subsidiary of parent company

  • JV = A joint venture

  • Not sure on state abbreviations? Check out the relevant Wiki.