Best Defence: Attack!

Monday 5th June 2017
Synack team heading for grow

Synack, Inc claims to be the first hacker-powered intelligence platform,  and has raised $21.25 million in a Series C round of funding led by Microsoft Ventures. The financing also includes participation from new investors HPE (Hewlett Packard Enterprise) and Singtel Innov8 (Corporate Venture Arm of Singtel Group). This financing brings Synack’s total to over $55 million. 

The new investment includes participation from current Synack investors,  as GGV Capital, GV (formerly Google Ventures) and Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, and used to further develop the Synack Platform, scale adoption across the U.S. and Europe, enter Asia Pacific (APAC), and continue to recruit and invest in the most skilled hackers in the world.  Microsoft Ventures will take a seat on Synack’s board. (Left)  Gary Steele, CEO Proofpoint and security industry veteran, will also join Synack’s Directors Board to support the company through this phase of high growth.With the rise of cyber attacks and shortage of security talent, Synack plays a critical role in protecting the world’s high-stakes enterprises and government entities. Leveraging a global crowdsourced network of highly vetted ethical hackers, Synack’s platform delivers an offensive approach to defense for organizations.  

“The best defense is a good offense. Businesses can only stay one step ahead of the adversary by beating them at their own game,” said (right)
Jay Kaplan, CEO and co-founder of Synack. “Bringing Microsoft Ventures, HPE and Singtel Innov8 on board highlights their ongoing investment in security for their products and customers. We have a shared vision for the future of cyber security and see a huge opportunity for alignment in platform development and scaling channels to market.”

Today competitive organisations know exactly how critical it is to have high-quality security at the core of every technology and business. Having these tech industry giants invest in Synack’s innovative platform is another commitment to helping organisations around the world determine how exploitable they are from a cyber attack. 

In just four years, Synack has take on board some of the largest Fortune 500 companies and various branches and agencies of U.S. Government. This mainstream adoption of Synack’s model resulted in a greater than 300% increase in year-over-year bookings over the last four quarters, in financial services, retail and government. building on its momentum, the company’s announced funding and partnership with Microsoft Ventures, HPE and Singtel Innov8 will keep cyber security at the forefront: Microsoft and HPE are two of the most forward-thinking organizations when it comes to cybersecurity, understanding why security must be baked into a company’s DNA from the start:

“Traditional security testing presents many challenges that Synack tackles head-on with an innovative, crowd-focused approach,” said  (left) Nagraj Kashyap, corporate Vice President at Microsoft Ventures. “Based on their already strong market traction and history of working with Fortune 500 enterprise customers, we look forward to seeing what Synack accomplishes next.”

“We are excited to invest in Synack,” said (right) Vishal Lall, SVP, Strategy and Ventures, HPE. “Synack brings an exciting new crowdsourced approach to penetration testing and together we will help solve our customers’ pressing cybersecurity challenges.”

Drive European growth and support APAC expansion 
As the security talent gap in Europe continues to widen, and GDPR deadlines are looming, Synack has experienced organic demand from large enterprises and governments. Today, Synack Europe includes a network of specialised hackers and a growing number of customers in the region. Additionally, Synack will begin exploring opportunities and entering a new market, APAC, which has been clamoring for new cybersecurity innovation.

Proven leadership is to guide high-growth as Synack continues to rapidly expand into new industries and markets. the company is adding two industry veterans to help guide the company’s next phase of high growth. In addition to a representative from Microsoft Ventures, Gary Steele, CEO of Proofpoint Security and security veteran, has deep experience growing and scaling security companies and will bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to Synack.

Synack’s global network of security researchers, supported by groundbreaking proprietary technology, uncover critical security vulnerabilities left undetected by traditional security solutions. Synack delivers a signal-to-noise ratio greater than 95 percent, manages all triage and operations, and provides an analytical view of the whole environment for the customer. In Synack’s most recent Hack the Pentagon program, over 2,500 hours were dedicated to exploiting sensitive Department of Defense (DoD) assets. The first critical vulnerability, discovered in under four hours, was found in a widely-deployed sensitive file transfer mechanism. It was then confirmed, triaged, and accepted by DoD within 24 hours. 

For Synack co-founders CEO Jay Kaplan and CTO Mark Kuhr, former NSA operators working to combat terrorism in some of the highest stakes intelligence operations, the vision was to build a modern cyber security platform, combining security intelligence, vetted by the most skilled and trusted researchers to help organisations understand and address security risks. It was during that time they aspired to work with the best technology companies and minds in venture capital, and today’s investment further makes this goal a reality.

Based in Redwood City, California, Synack is a security company revolutionising how enterprises view cyber security: through a hacker’s eyes. Synack’s hacker-powered . Synack’s confidential client base is comprised of some of the largest F500/G500 enterprise organizations across banking and financial services, healthcare, consumer goods and retail, manufacturing, technology and the U.S. Federal Government. All engagements are conducted by Synack’s vetted skilled professionals and are treated with absolute privacy. Synack was founded in 2013 by former NSA security experts Jay Kaplan, CEO, and Dr. Mark Kuhr, CTO.

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