These Cybersecurity Companies Are Developing New Tools To Combat Threats

Decerry Donato

Decerry Donato is a reporter at dot.LA. Prior to that, she was an editorial fellow at the company. Decerry received her bachelor's degree in literary journalism from the University of California, Irvine. She continues to write stories to inform the community about issues or events that take place in the L.A. area. On the weekends, she can be found hiking in the Angeles National forest or sifting through racks at your local thrift store.

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In 2022, there was a 28% increase in global cyber attacks compared to 2021. On average, there are over a thousand cyber attacks per organization that occur worldwide.

In the last year alone, we saw cyber threats penetrate some of the largest tech companies and organizations including Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD), TikTok, Twitter, Apple and Meta.

Here’s a look at three local cybersecurity companies that developed software to protect against identity theft and cyber threats.


The MedCrypt team: Seth Carmody (VP of Regulatory Strategy), Vidya Murthy (Chief Operations Officer), Axel Wirth (Chief Regulatory Strategist), Mike Kijewski (CEO and co-founder), Clayton McNeil (VP of Engineering), William Fenstermaker (VP of DevOps), and Eric Pancoast (CTO and co-founder)Courtesy of Medcrypt

In 2014, Mike Kijewski realized that people were becoming increasingly concerned about cybersecurity vulnerabilities in medical devices. During this time, Kijewski also learned that the root cause of some of the major medical device recalls and security incidents were due to the poor application of cryptology within the software.

That’s when Kijewski teamed up with his co-founder Eric Pancoast of GammaBasics to start medical device security platform Medcrypt.

The Solana Beach-based company will start working with the medical device manufacturer the moment the manufacturer begins writing code for a new device or a software update for an existing device. Though it varies, Kijewski says, it can take anywhere from two to twelve weeks to install Medcrypt’s software into a medical device.

“We found that 90% of medical devices fall into one, two or three categories of products that use very similar software and hardware,” Kijewski shares with dot.LA, “So we're able to build standardized software tools that address some of the problems that you would find in common medical device architectures.”

According to a report by the editors of Cybersecurity Ventures, the global healthcare cybersecurity market is positioned to hit $125 billion by 2025.

Since 2016, Medcrypt has directly worked with the medical device manufacturers like X-ray imaging tools or surgical robots to ensure that each device is protected before it reaches the doctor's or medical professional’s hands.

While a majority of the startup's customers are reluctant to share their partnership publicly, due to security reasons, others like radiation oncology company Accuray have been vocal about its work with Medcrypt.

In October, the company raised its $25 million Series B funding round and Kijewski said that a majority of the funds will be used to continue scaling the company’s software development.


The SecureAuth team, from left to right: Paul Trulove CEO, Mandeep Khera CMO, Karan Dua CFO, Shahrokh Shahidzadeh CTO, Dennis Dowd VP of Worldwide Sales, Kristy Miller VP of Human Resources and Alan Lipton SVP of Engineering. Courtesy of SecureAuth

Founded in 2005, cybersecurity company SecureAuth specializes in verifying user identity, better known as identity and access management (IAM). The company has designed software for large enterprises to provide secure access for its employees on applications and data for cloud, mobile, web and VPN systems.

The Irvine-based business is tailored to companies with over a thousand people in its workforce. SecureAuth installs Arculix, a passwordless authentication solution, on its clients' work computers and desktops to ensure that their employees get access to what they need, when they need it.

Paul Trulove, the CEO of SecureAuth said that the company is seeing a lot of interest from the larger enterprise market. A majority of SecureAuth’s business is in the United States and Canada, but the company also has a footprint in Europe and Asia Pacific, Middle East and Africa.

Given the increase in cyber attacks on various platforms, Trulove added that, “this business has an opportunity to reincarnate itself a little bit and participate in what I think is going to be a wild ride over the next several years in the identity management space.”

The company’s business model runs on an annual subscription and Trulove said that on the low end it can cost several thousand dollars to over a million for other companies.


CEO and co-founder Gene YooCourtesy of Resecurity

Los Angeles-based cyber security and intelligence company Resecurity developed a SaaS-delivered platform to help businesses and consumers to protect themselves from cybersecurity threats and to prevent risks related to data breaches and identity theft.

After 30 years of working for companies large brands like Coca-Cola Enterprise, Warner Bros. and Sony, co-founder and CEO Gene Yoo switched over to cybersecurity and wanted to build something based on data. Yoo founded Resecurity and has bootstrapped the company since 2016.

The company has a number of tools for enterprise and government organizations to choose from including: Endpoint Protection, External Attack Surface Management (EASM), Risk, Vulnerability Assessment and Penetration Testing (VAPT), Context and Cyber Fusion Center.

Of the six products, Yoo says that Risk, a digital risk monitoring program is the most popular amongst Resecurity’s clients because he says it’s like “having the power of cyber threat intelligence in a box.”

Resecurity also offers a product called IDProtect, which is intended for individuals that are looking to secure their digital identity. Yoo says that IDProtect can also be used at the enterprise level. By installing IDProtect on a device, consumers will be notified of any breaches towards an individual’s online credentials that may lead to a potential cyber attack.

The company also runs on an annual subscription basis. Yoo says that it can cost up to $1 million for large enterprise or government organizations. But individuals have three monthly options: basic ($3.99), gold ($4.99) or a premium ($7.99) plan.

“We (Resecurity) wanted to build something that can serve as many organizations, many groups and many different problems,” said Yoo.

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Astrolab's New SpaceX-backed Rover Could Change Space Exploration Forever

Lon Harris
Lon Harris is a contributor to dot.LA. His work has also appeared on ScreenJunkies, RottenTomatoes and Inside Streaming.
Astrolab's New SpaceX-backed Rover Could Change Space Exploration Forever
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Local Los Angeles-area startup Astrolab Inc. has designed a new lunar vehicle called FLEX, short for Flexible Logistics and Exploration Rover. About the size of a Jeep Wrangler, FLEX is designed to move cargo around the surface of the moon on assignment. It’s a bit larger than NASA’s Mars rovers, like Perseverance, but as it’s designed for transport and mobility rather than precision measurement, it can travel much faster, at speeds of up to 15 miles per hour across the lunar surface.

In the short-term, this “cargo” would be mostly scientific equipment, but down the road, it’s possible that FLEX could also contribute to larger-scale projects, such as building out a “lunar infrastructure.” Astrolab founder Jaret Matthews told The New York Times that his goal, ultimately, would be to serve as a kind of “UPS for the moon,” providing a “local distribution solution” once private companies had figured out the logistical challenge of getting their products to the lunar surface in the first place.

To that point, Astrolab plans to get FLEX itself on to the moon with help from SpaceX. Specifically, the company’s new giant spacecraft, Starship, which will reportedly be ready for uncrewed lunar cargo missions as soon as 2026. Matthews – an engineer by trade, and a veteran of both SpaceX and NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory – assured the Times that FLEX will be part of the very first SpaceX commercial cargo flight to the moon. For their part, SpaceX has not yet made any specific announcements about when this might actually be happening, and didn't respond to requests for comment.

Starship is the largest and most powerful rocket ever built, surpassing even NASA’s own Saturn V and Space Launch System. It’s unconventional in a few other ways as well. Starship is constructed from stainless steel, the first time this particular metal has been used in a space rocket since the 1950s. Steel is heavy, so launching a steel rocket into orbit requires more fuel than alternate metals such as aluminum or titanium. Nonetheless, SpaceX prefers steel as it apparently works better in extreme temperature conditions, such as during launch and atmospheric re-entry. The use of stainless steel also gives Starship a distinct, rather stylish silver appearance.

SpaceX’s plans for the Starship megarocket lie not just in its massive size but reusability. Being able to launch heavy payloads into orbit and beyond without having to construct an enormous new rocket each time significantly lowers costs, and gives SpaceX a potential leg-up in terms of transporting satellites and spacecraft, along with cargo and even passengers on space tourism getaways.

The vehicle has flown a few times before, but only low-powered versions on quick roughly 6-mile trips above the Earth’s surface. SpaceX had hoped to launch some early orbital tests in 2022 but faced numerous delays. The new goal – pending FAA approval – is to get orbital tests going in late April, which founder and CEO Elon Musk predicts have about a 50% chance of success. (Yes, this could potentially include one of Musk’s personal favorite dates in the annual calendar: 4/20.)

Once FLEX arrives, it will actually rank among the first-ever American-made rovers to hit the lunar surface. Though NASA previously sent a famed “moon buggy” up there which astronauts used during the Apollo 15, 16, and 17 missions, and both the Soviet Union and China have deployed robotic rovers, the US has previously preferred to do its moon exploration in person. That’s all about to change, though, with not only FLEX’s debut, but NASA’s Volatiles Investigating Polar Exploration Rover, or VIPER. This rover, about the size of a golf cart, will explore the area around the Moon’s South Pole looking for water ice ahead of the arrival of the Artemis Program – and human astronauts – in 2025.

Astrolab isn’t the only local company hoping to leverage SpaceX’s Starship plans for its own purposes. K2 Space, founded by brothers Karan and Neel Kunjur, are developing large-scale “satellite buses,” physical structures that can move and power entire spacecraft, which are about as large as any objects humans have ever attempted to blast into space. While previous efforts to innovate space travel on the commercial side have focused on making vehicles smaller, and thus cheaper to launch, K2 views the progress of SpaceX as a sea change, indicating that – one day soon – manufacturers will have a variety of “launch providers” for getting their products on to the moon and beyond.

Meet the Creator Economy’s Version of LinkedIn

Kristin Snyder

Kristin Snyder is dot.LA's 2022/23 Editorial Fellow. She previously interned with Tiger Oak Media and led the arts section for UCLA's Daily Bruin.

Meet the Creator Economy’s Version of LinkedIn

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LinkedIn hasn’t caught on with Gen Z—in fact, 96% rarely use their existing account.

Considering 25% of young people want to be full-time content creators and most influencers aren’t active on LinkedIn, traditional networking sites aren’t likely to meet these needs.

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This Week in ‘Raises’: Total Network Services Gains $9M, Autio Secures $5.9M

Decerry Donato

Decerry Donato is a reporter at dot.LA. Prior to that, she was an editorial fellow at the company. Decerry received her bachelor's degree in literary journalism from the University of California, Irvine. She continues to write stories to inform the community about issues or events that take place in the L.A. area. On the weekends, she can be found hiking in the Angeles National forest or sifting through racks at your local thrift store.

This Week in ‘Raises’: Total Network Services Gains $9M, Autio Secures $5.9M
This Week in ‘Raises’:

It has been a slow week in funding, but a local decentralized computing network managed to land $9 million to accelerate deployment of its new product called Universal Communication Identifier (UCID™). Another local company that secured capital included Kevin Costner’s location-based audio storytelling platform and the funding will go toward expanding the app’s content library and expanding into additional regions in the United States.

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