Cybersecurity startup Enveil, led by NC State math Ph.D. Ellison Anne Williams, was named runner-up among over 300 startups competing in the 2017 RSA Conference Innovation Sandbox Contest. Enveil was cited for its method of performing tasks on encrypted data without having to decrypt, thus avoiding an interface that is vulnerable to attack. Founded in summer 2016, Enveil is the youngest company ever to compete in the RSA Conference Innovation Sandbox. The annual RSA Conference held in San Francisco is considered the world’s premier information security conference. Williams was a senior researcher at the National Security Agency and a senior scientist at Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab before starting Enveil.