At first glance, identity and access management (IAM) might seem like a rather dull IT administrative function. But within the current disruptive tech environment, and due to the justified concern over network security, both interest and activity in the IAM space are growing.

According to CrunchBase data, IAM startups raised $350 million in venture capital in 2014, compared to $178 million in 2013 -- close to a 97% increase. Q2 2014 saw some major deals, including Okta and Centrify, whose solutions are profiled below.

CrunchBase also conducted a recent poll about market predictions and asked, "In which of these markets (Wearables, Cannabis, Dro ...

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