Led by Lightspeed Venture Partners, the Funding Will Propel Aqua’s “Secure Once, Deploy Anywhere” Approach to Revolutionize Application Security for the Cloud-Native Era
Tel Aviv, Israel, Sept 19, 2017 – Aqua Security, the market-leading container security platform provider, today announced $25 million in Series B funding, the largest funding to date in the container security space. Led by Lightspeed Venture Partners, the investment will enable Aqua to capitalize on the strong demand for its cloud-native container security platform and cement its leadership position as the security solution of choice for the world’s largest companies. Existing investors Microsoft Ventures, TLV Partners and Shlomo Kramer also participated in the round, which brings total investment in Aqua to $38.5 million.
“The rapid rise and convergence of DevOps, containers, and microservices-based applications is an opportunity to rethink application security,” said Chris Schaepe, Partner, Lightspeed Venture Partners. “Aqua’s success in leveraging containers to improve security provides visible customer value, as evident from the impressive customer adoption that the team at Aqua achieved in a very short time.”
Gartner notes that “a complete strategy for container security must cover the entire life cycle of containers from creation into production and then back into development again for updates, patches and modifications — i.e., container life cycle protection.” 1
The Aqua Container Security Platform delivers an advanced security solution for containerized environments, supporting both Linux and Windows containers, multiple orchestration environments, both on-premises deployments as well as on AWS, Azure, GCP, and other public clouds. Integrating early into container development, Aqua then uses a combination of intelligent defaults, machine learning, and threat research to provide full life cycle security for container-based applications.
Since Aqua first launched its platform in May 2016, it has acquired dozens of Global 1000 customers, among them two of the 10 largest financial services companies and three of the world’s top 10 software companies. Fueled by this growth, the company has also quadrupled in size in that time frame, and has offices in San Francisco, CA, Burlington, MA, and London, UK. Earlier this year, Aqua was named in Red Herring’s Hot 100 list for North America, won ‘Best Newcomer Security Company of the Year” by SC Media UK, and was recognized as a security Emerging Vendor by CRN.
“We are thrilled to have Lightspeed on board for our next phase of growth,” said Dror Davidoff, CEO and co-founder at Aqua Security. “This investment is a huge vote of confidence in Aqua’s market leadership, vision, and execution. We look forward to fast–tracking our product development and global market presence as we continue on our quest to provide better, seamless application security for the cloud-native era.”
1 Gartner, Security Considerations and Best Practices for Securing Containers, Neil MacDonald, 10 November 2016
About Aqua Security
Aqua Security enables enterprises to secure their container applications from development to production, accelerating container adoption and bridging the gap between DevOps and IT security. Aqua’s Container Security Platform provides full visibility into container activity, allowing organizations to detect and prevent suspicious activity and attacks in real time. Integrated with container lifecycle and orchestration tools, the Aqua platform provides transparent, automated security while helping to enforce policy and simplify regulatory compliance. Aqua was founded in 2015 and is backed by Lightspeed Venture Partners, TLV Partners, Microsoft Ventures, and IT security leaders, and is based in Israel and San Francisco, CA. For more information, visit www.aquasec.com or follow us on twitter.com/AquaSecTeam.
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