At a glance.
- Cisco completes acquisition of ThousandEyes.
- Perimeter 81 closes $40 million Series B round.
- Elisity, Adaptive Shield, and Symmetry Systems emerge from stealth.
- TikTok plans to open EU data center in Ireland.
Mergers and acquisitions.
Cisco has completed its acquisition of San Francisco-based network monitoring firm ThousandEyes. Cisco says it "will incorporate ThousandEyes capabilities across Cisco's core Enterprise Networking and Cloud, and AppDynamics portfolios."
Arizona-based cybersecurity consultancy Cerberus Sentinel has acquired Chicago-based managed security services provider Technologyville. Cerberus's press release states, "With the new organizational structure, Technologyville president and founder, Brian Yelm, will take on the role of managing director for Cerberus Sentinel....Technologyville will continue to be based in Chicago and plans to grow operations in Arizona and the Southwest."
New York City-based security training firm Offensive Security has acquired pentesting lab provider VulnHub. Offensive Security says that "All content on VulnHub will continue to be offered to the community for free."
Investments and exits.
Tel Aviv-based SASE provider Perimeter 81 has raised $40 million in a Series B round led by Insight Partners. The company says the funding "will help support Perimeter 81’s rapid growth and accelerate the company’s hiring and development," adding that it's "hiring for multiple positions across its Sales, Marketing and R&D teams, and is opening a new office in California."
Michigan-based risk assessment firm Censys has raised $15.5 Million in a Series A round led by GV and Decibel, with participation from Greylock Partners. Censys's CEO and co-founder David Corcoran stated, "This raise enables us to invest aggressively in top security talent and global infrastructure as we move into the next stage of our company." The company's press release added that "Censys plans to double its headcount within the next year, hiring key leadership roles and significantly expanding its sales and engineering teams."
Israeli phishing prevention firm Ironscales has added $8 million to its Series B round, bringing the round's total to $23 million, VentureBeat reports. The new funding comes from Jump Capital. Saurabh Sharma, a partner at Jump, is joining the Ironscales board of directors. The company intends to use the funding "to further accelerate its aggressive growth strategy through market expansion and ongoing research and development of its email security platform."
San Jose, California-based zero-trust networking startup Elisity has emerged from stealth and revealed that it received $7.5 million in seed funding in 2018 from Atlantic Bridge. Since then, the company "has been scaling its engineering, sales and marketing teams to ramp up ahead of the company’s launch."
Tel Aviv-based SaaS application security startup Adaptive Shield has emerged from stealth with $4 million in seed funding from Vertex Ventures Israel. The company says, "Developing channel partnerships with leading IT service providers and resellers is an integral part of Adaptive’s go-to-market strategy."
San Francisco-based data security startup Symmetry Systems has emerged from stealth after receiving $3 million in seed funding last year from ForgePoint Capital and Prefix Capital. The company says it will use the funding "to spearhead product development and customer support resulting from active pilot deployments in notable healthcare, fintech, manufacturing and technology organizations."
Virginia-based "cyber-range-as-a-service" firm HyperQube has raised $2.5 million in a seed funding round led by Leawood Venture Capital. The company will use the funding "to fuel its growth by expanding the sales, marketing, and engineering teams."
NordVPN has launched an advisory team with Troy Hunt, the founder of Have I Been Pwned, as its first member, Android Central reports. Hunt said in a blog post, "I'll be devoting some cycles each month to work with NordVPN on their tools and messaging with a view to helping them make a great product even better. Yes, it's a commercial relationship but no, I won't be employed by them, will remain independent and will continue to do all the things I usually do anyway."
Cellebrite has appointed three new executives: Ronnen Armon as Chief Product & Technology Officer, Miri Mishor-Goldenberg as Senior Vice President of Customer Services, and Marque Teegardin as General Manager North America. Armon was most recently Chief Operating Officer at Verbit.ai and previously co-founded and served as CEO at Capriza. Mishor-Goldenberg has spent the last six years as Vice President of IT Customer Experience at Amdocs. Teegardin most recently served as Chief Revenue Officer at Gigster.
Spreedly has appointed Christopher Hudel as its new CISO. The company's announcement notes that Hudel "previously served as an adjunct professor teaching information security graduate and undergraduate courses for the University of North Carolina."
Companies in the news.
TikTok announced that it's spending $500 million (€420 million) to set up its first EU-based data center in Ireland. The company says European user data will be stored at this location when the center comes online in early 2022.
Meanwhile, France's data privacy regulator CNIL is investigating TikTok's data collection and transparency practices, Reuters reports. CNIL told Reuters that it "began investigations into the tiktok.com website and the TikTok application in May 2020" after receiving a complaint. TikTok told the publication, "We are aware of the investigation by the CNIL and are fully cooperating with them." Reuters also reports, citing a CNIL spokesperson, that "CNIL is part of a recently established EU task-force on TikTok. It is notably reviewing TikTok’s arrival in the region and its wish for Ireland’s Data Protection Commission (DPC) as its chief oversight national regulator."