Current economic conditions are making it rough for most tech startups to survive, unless of course they’re hawking some sort of social networking or as-a-service widget. For those that are thriving, the path to success no longer ends in an IPO—In the first three quarters of 2008, there were just 6 IPOs of venture-backed companies, the lowest volume since 1977—but typically in being swallowed and subsumed by a larger corporation.

Even given these gloomy realities, a handful of security startups are working to draw attention to themselves, even amidst the market chaos and slave-like adoration of Web 2.0 technologies. Here are four of interest to bank security specialists that will appear at VentureWire’s upcoming technology showcase in Silicon Valley:

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