Orca Security: $210 Million Series C And $1.2 Billion Valuation

By Amit Chowdhry ● April 2, 2021
  • Orca Security recently announced it raised a $210 million Series C round of funding led by CapitalG. These are the details.

Orca Security recently announced it raised a $210 million Series C round of funding led by CapitalG (Alphabet’s independent growth fund) and Redpoint Ventures. And this round of funding follows a December 2020 B round and cemented Orca Security’s position as the cloud security innovation leader, and one of the world’s fastest cybersecurity companies to reach unicorn status.

So far, the company has raised nearly $300 million in combined funds at a $1.2 billion valuation since its founding two years ago.

Last year, Orca Security achieved more than 1,000% year-over-year growth and signed numerous forward-thinking organizations including Robinhood, Databricks, Unity, Live Oak Bank, Lemonade, and BeyondTrust, among many others.

This round of funding will fuel Orca Security to further disrupt the cloud security industry with agentless, workload-deep, context-aware security and compliance for Google Cloud, AWS, and Microsoft Azure. And unlike competing cloud security solutions built for on-prem environments, Orca Security was born in the cloud for the cloud.

Orca Security’s patent-pending SideScanning technology is the heart of the platform. And SideScanning reads the cloud configuration and workloads’ runtime block storage out-of-band to detect vulnerabilities, malware, misconfigurations, lateral movement risk, authentication risk, secret keys, unsecured PII, and more. Plus Orca Security is the first cloud security solution that addresses these risks without agents or per asset integration, giving enterprises 100% visibility and coverage within minutes.

By the end of this year, Orca Security plans to have nearly tripled its R&D and sales teams since the A round in May of 2020. And the company also aims to expand its sales offices in Europe, recently opened a new office in Austria, and has plans to open an office in Australia to better serve APAC markets.

This funding round also included substantial participation from existing investors GGV Capital and ICONIQ Growth. And in addition, Silicon Valley CISO Investments (SVCI), an angel syndicate of 50 prominent CISOs, again also invested their personal funds and expertise in supporting Orca Security’s technology and success.

KEY QUOTES:

“By creating a security solution that actually works, we are solving a fundamental problem that has been broken since the inception of cloud security. In the face of increasing threats and rapidly expanding cloud estates, organizations can’t be burdened with installing and maintaining agents and sidecars. We enable our customers to instantly protect their cloud environments, eliminate attack paths, fuel digital transformation, and meet compliance mandates.”

— Avi Shua, CEO and co-founder of Orca Security

“Orca Security represents a revolutionary step forward in optimizing cloud environments. Their touchless SideScanning technology is best-in-class, as confirmed by our extensive interviews with their ecstatic customers and by the senior Google security leaders who we invited to evaluate it. We believe that Avi and team not only have a compelling vision but also the ability to execute it. We’re thrilled to join Orca on their journey to reinvent cloud security.”

— Gene Frantz, general partner, CapitalG

“Orca Security provides similar capabilities to what agents on boxes do and more, but with no impact on engineering. It’s beautiful.”

— Caleb Sima, VP of Information Security, Databricks

“I’ve been working with vulnerability assessment solutions for over 20 years. I even wrote a book on how to build a vulnerability management strategy. I’ve never seen anything like the Orca Security platform before. Within a couple of months I had it fully rolled out, protecting our more than 4,000 cloud customers. This product is a gem and must-have solution for businesses operating in the cloud.”

— Morey Haber, CTO and CISO, BeyondTrust

“In a cloud environment, you’re frequently scaling utilization up and down—possibly thousands of times per hour across multiple clouds—all within a CI/CD pipeline that builds your infrastructure. I tried numerous agent-based tools and they all failed miserably. Orca provides 100% coverage without burdening our DevOps team. It just works.”

— Drew Daniels, CIO and CISO, Druva, Inc

“Orca Security has set the new standard for cloud security by defining the approach every organization should take to secure its cloud environment. Avi and his team are solving one of the most critical challenges organizations face, to achieve a holistic view of their cloud environments. By focusing on gaining 100 percent coverage without agents, Orca reduces alerts, achieves context, and builds in compliance to provide a solution that is easy to implement and painless to maintain. We foresee it gaining widespread adoption across industries.”

— Scott Raney, General Partner at Redpoint Ventures

“GGV Capital is thrilled to triple down on Orca in a span of less than 18 months. While it’s common for CISOs to adopt new tools to enhance their arsenal, it’s rare they convert to avid champions at the speed they have after deploying Orca. Orca not only provides unprecedented visibility across cloud environments that is immediate and seamless but also acts as a unique voice for transparency in the market. These facts, combined with impeccable execution, make it clear that Orca is the whale to watch.”

— Oren Yunger, investor, GGV Capital

“Orca’s innovative approach stoked the fastest pipeline growth we’ve ever seen as investors. Their impressive list of high-profile customers and praising reviews are a clear indication of just how much value Orca’s solution brings to the market.”

— Yoav Leitersdorf, Managing Partner of YL Ventures