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For the third year running, Capital Business is teaming up with the Northern Virginia Technology Council to find promising product innovations.

Here’s how it works: We introduce you to a group of companies each week and you tell us which ideas have the most potential. The companies attracting the most votes in their category – consumer and enterprise (week 1), big data and analytics (week 2), cybersecurity and safety (week 3) and health and wearables (week 4) – get a leg up in a competitive review process chaired by a panel of judges selected by NVTC.

This week, the competition focuses on innovations in cybersecurity and safety. Here are the contenders:

Assured Enterprises, Inc.

Assured Enterprises has a patent-pending software scanning tool meant to thwart hackers by helping companies find known vulnerabilities. (Assured Enterprises, Inc.)

Assured Enterprises focuses its cyber-defense strategy around reducing the number of vulnerabilities available to would-be attackers, as opposed to the prevailing approach of trying spot and respond to attacks as they occur. Its solution is a software scanning tool called AssuredScan that helps organizations identify potential holes in their software code.

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LookingGlass Cyber Solutions

Reston, Va.-based LookingGlass Cyber Solutions has a threat intelligence solution meant to help businesses and government agencies prepare for and respond to cyber-attacks. (LookingGlass Cyber Solutions)

LookingGlass tries to “discover, understand, manage and mitigate” cyber threats that can emerge from both outside and inside a company’s network. A slew of acquisitions has given the company a range of products to offer a broad range of organizations, from small businesses to large corporations and government agencies.

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PhishMe sells technology that helps businesses manage responses to phishing attacks. (PhishMe)

PhishMe targets a specific type of attack commonly afflicting organizations; phishing attacks sent by email. The company offers a threat management platform that helps security teams parse through email traffic to spot phishing attacks. A new product called Phishme Triage gives organizations a way to analyze suspicious incidents using the reports they receive from employees.

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Social SafeGuard

Social Safeguard has a technology meant to guard organizations against cyber-attacks carried out through social media channels like Facebook and Twitter. (Social SafeGuard)

Social SafeGuard looks to protect companies from a highly-specific and emerging type of cyber-threat; those emerging from social media. The company’s software monitors social media accounts, pages and collaboration tools to find specific words, phrases and concepts commonly used in cyber-attacks.

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SurfWatch Labs

SurfWatch uses a combination of automation and human expertise to try to help organizations make effective use of their cyber-defenses. (Surfwatch Labs)

Surfwatch sells a threat intelligence platform that runs on a combination of human expertise and automation. The company was founded three years ago by former government intelligence analysts, and says it monitors the open Internet as well as the dark web to find threats and recommend fixes.

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Syncurity offers a technology platform that helps organizations organize their cyber-security operations and defenses. (Syncurity)

Syncurity offers a web-based application meant to streamline the alerts and management of cyber-threats, as well as automate some of the more mundane tasks typically handled by cybersecurity analysts. The company’s solution runs on a combination of human touch and automation, meant to help cybersecurity analysts make sense of what is often a complex, ad-hoc mess of data.

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Terbium Labs

Terbium Labs has a an algorithm that tries to recover stolen data by scanning the dark web – the secret chatrooms where cyber-criminals exchange stolen goods. (Terbium Labs)

Terbium Labs was founded by two Johns Hopkins physicists to help companies shine a light on some of the web’s hardest-to-reach places. The company says it has an algorithm that can systematically scan the dark-web chatrooms where cyber-criminals buy and sell stolen data. The product, which the company calls Matchlight, records the fingerprints 0f a company’s proprietary data and continually scans the web for matches. The goal is to find stolen data after it has been spirited away from an organization’s network.

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ThreatQuotient sells a cyber-threat intelligence platform meant to help organizations manage external and internal data sources related to cyber-security threats. (ThreatQuotient)

Reston-based ThreatQuotient is part of an emerging field of companies trying to help other businesses make sense of cyber-threat data. The company’s product, called ThreatQ, pulls together data sources from both inside and outside the walls of a company’s network. A unique feature allows users to create company-specific “indicators of compromise” to raise red flags early in the course of a hack.

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Vidsys sells a technology platform that helps organizations manage the physical security assets of a building. (Vidsys)

Vidsys provides a software platform that helps companies manage the disparate parts of a building’s physical security apparatus. The company’s technology integrates geospatial floor plan information with security camera, radar and sonar sensors and even social media information, with the goal of helping businesses react quickly in the face of a crisis.

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Which company in the cybersecurity and safety category has the most innovative idea?

This is a non-scientific user poll. Results are not statistically valid and cannot be assumed to reflect the views of Washington Post users as a group or the general population.