Founded by Mohit Tiwari, associate professor in the Cockrell School of Engineering's Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Symmetry Systems launched this month one year after raising $3 million in seed funding. The company's flagship solution, DataGuard, helps small teams of security engineers to protect data across a large organization.

"Our research lab has worked on data-centric security for more than a decade, and over time, kept getting pulled into collaborations with regulated industries where security was blocking innovation," Tiwari said in an interview with VMblog. "Our goal, and the goal of our entire research area, is a platform that directly secures data, even if applications and identities are exploited, and, as a result, be the focus of compliance and security evaluations."

Read the interview