Selections: Cyber Security

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2018 founded, $300k raised, 10-25 employees, Israel-based

Client snapshot:

Undisclosed

What do they do?

ArcusTeam is an automated platform designed to detect vulnerabilities on any internet of things (IoT) software. The platform automatically disassembles, analyses and produces a security vulnerability resolution action plan for all software layers in published and unpublished IoT components.

Why we’re interested?

Have you ever been a victim of a cyber attack and wished you could turn back time? While ArcusTeam does not solve time travel, it does prevent cyber attacks before they actually happen, enabling enterprises to be two-steps ahead of cyber threats at all times. Unlike most vendors on the market, who reactively remedy cyber attacks, ArcusTeam’s pure SaaS solution (with no hardware or software integration) proactively protects IoT networks from attacks. With hybrid working as the new normal and IoT extending beyond office walls into the home, ArcusTeam’s solution is crucial to ensuring that enterprise IoT remains secure.

The team has recently raised an extended Seed round in August 2021 and are supported by investors including Tau Ventures, Fusion LA and Chartered Group.


2016 founded, 9.3m raised, 25-50 employees, France-based

Client snapshot:

Imperial War Museum, Sedex, Tide, University of Helsinki

What do they do?

Gravitee.io is an Open Source API platform that gives businesses unprecedented control and visibility over their entire API ecosystem. APIs have become the backbone of global businesses, but without Gravitee.io the reliability of systems is at risk: customer experience is worsened, security risks remain hidden and the business value of technology investment is eroded. Gravitee.io enables users to develop, secure, publish and monitor APIs on one platform and offers the richest Open Source functionality on the market.

Why we’re interested?

How do scaleups or SaaS companies in general implement their solutions with enterprise customers? In pretty much every instance, it’s an API of some kind. Gravitee was founded in 2015 by four freelance developers who thought that API tech was unnecessarily complex and sought to create an API lifecycle toolset that helped businesses control their API ecosystems, using a no-code approach. 


Gravitee’s CEO Rory Blundell was formerly CEO and Founder of the software development company Velinko, who has previous experience at Lloyd’s Bank as well as the intelligence integration platform, Snap Logic. Gravitee recently raised a €9.3m Series A funding round in July 2021, led by Albion VC and Oxx. Two powerful European SaaS investors who have backed a flurry of great companies.

2021 founded, £4.2m raised, 25-50 employees, UK-based

Client snapshot:

Undisclosed

What do they do?

Venari Security develops a cybersecurity SaaS platform that changes the way encrypted traffic is analysed. By using a combination of machine learning, artificial intelligence, and behavioural analytics, it detects encrypted attacks and anomalous behaviour, without the need for decryption.

Why we’re interested

New versions of encryption have outstripped existing controls in an enterprise network. A problem? Yes, because new versions of encryption (such as TLS 1.3) mean that organisations can no longer use their traditional tools to detect threats to their organisation. And to make it worse, cybercriminals have cottoned onto this and are using encrypted communications to attack enterprises, knowing security teams will have difficulty identifying these encrypted threats. However, Venari has a solution, providing small and large businesses with specialist encrypted traffic analysis which detects threats, without relying on decryption.


201founded, $139m raised, 50-100 employees, Israel-based

Client snapshot:

Hyundai, Nationwide, Renault, Volvo Group

What do they do?

Upstream is a developer of a cloud-based automotive cybersecurity platform intended to protect the technologies and applications of connected and autonomous vehicles. The platform provides big data and machine learning, enabling customers to get real-time visibility on security, privacy, and fraud alerts.

Why we’re interested?

Hackers are increasingly targeting fleets within the automotive industry. However, Upstream seeks to prevent these attacks via its two product offerings: C4 Platform, which is a cloud-based cybersecurity solution designed to specifically protect connected vehicles, and Auto Threat Intelligence, which provides threat landscape visibility and insights, such as where and when fleets are most vulnerable to attack. 

Upstream has a whole host of certifications and awards, such as winner of the 16th Annual Info Security PG’s 2020 Global Excellence Awards in Company of the Year, shortlisted for TU Automotive’s Best Cybersecurity Product of the Year 2020, Gold Winner of the Cybersecurity Excellence Awards in 2019 and chosen by Wired Magazine as one of the Top 100 European Startups for 2019. Upstream has recently raised a $62 million Series C funding round in August 2021.

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