- Cyberpion recently announced it raised $27 million in Series A funding. These are the details.
Cyberpion – a cybersecurity leader in external attack surface management (EASM) – announced it raised a $27 million Series A funding round as enterprises grasp the urgency to solve the difficult challenge of managing unknown risks and vulnerabilities in their direct and indirect digital supply chain infrastructure.
The funding round was led by U.S. Venture Partners with General Partner Jacques Benkoski joining Cyberpion’s executive board. And existing investors Team8 Capital and Hyperwise Ventures also participated in the round.
EASM has gained prominence as enterprises expose themselves and their customers to more partners and third-party online solutions whenever new functionality is added to their online presence. And in turn, each of these partners is exposed to its own third-party IT assets and infrastructures, creating an ever-expanding, hyperconnected attack surface for the enterprise. This modern attack surface is particularly appealing to hackers who take over or exploit the vulnerabilities of these assets to carry out attacks such as malicious code injection from third parties (Magecart-style attacks) and cloud misconfigurations.
Nearly two-thirds of Fortune 500 companies’ IT infrastructure exists outside their organization, a quarter of which were found to have known vulnerabilities that threat actors could infiltrate to access sensitive employee or customer data. And IBM recently cited that cloud misconfiguration is the third most common security risk breach, accounting for 15% of data breaches, while Magecart’s data skimming attacks continue to devastate businesses globally and are poised to exploit some of the world’s biggest brands.
Cyberpion’s platform continuously performs discovery and vulnerability assessments on all of the enterprise’s external-facing assets, connections, and third-party platform dependencies far beyond the coverage of other security tools.
And establishing a comprehensive, up-to-date, prioritized, and actionable vulnerability inventory, the platform provides security teams with clear indications of high-priority threats, and the actions that should be taken to resolve them before they can be exploited. With prevention from day one and no installation, configurations, or modifications required to existing IT, Cyberpion utilizes machine learning to provide automatic protection with zero human intervention.
“Traditional third-party risk management solutions have focused exclusively on the vendors and IT infrastructures that are directly connected to the enterprise, an approach that is outdated and ignores the true scale of the problem. Most organizations don’t even consider the supplier of their suppliers as an immediate cyber risk. Cyberpion is the only platform to directly address this issue by continuously assessing all external-facing assets – from 3rd, 4th to Nth party connections – and providing automatic defense against impending attacks. We look forward to playing a key role in one of the fastest-growing areas of cybersecurity,” commented Jacques Benkoski, General Partner at USVP.
“External attack surface management has been clearly established as a cybersecurity domain since we emerged from stealth 18 months ago, and demand for our progressive approach has been proven by our exceptional customer growth. We’ve simplified a complex task of helping enterprises reduce the risk exposure derived from the unknown and uncontrolled by mitigating vulnerabilities across the entire digital supply chain. We’re at the forefront of the EASM revolution and this funding round will double our headcount in engineering, research and sales.”
— Dr. Nethanel Gelernter, Founder and CEO, Cyberpion
“We’re delighted that leading Silicon Valley-based VC firm U.S.Venture Partners has joined our existing investors in supporting our journey to help organizations reduce their external attack surface and prevent potentially devastating attacks. This investment bolsters our position to hire talent as we expand the company, and will enable us to further develop our platform capabilities, expedite go-to-market across core regions and verticals, as well as help us attract more channel and technology partners.”
— Ran Nahmias, Co-founder and Chief Business Officer, Cyberpion