Top security honchos Paddy McGuinness, Lane Bess and Cris Conde back £4.2M funding for British cybersecurity startup

In today’s world where privacy is demanded by customers and mandated by regulators, encryption has become the norm now. But it also poses a big threat as it has become a major target for cybercriminals. In 2020, Cisco estimated that as much as 70% of all malware campaigns would use some type of encryption to conceal malware delivery, enabling malicious communications to sneak past network defences and extract data through encrypted channels.

Detecting encrypted malware threats in real-time

Unlike traditional solutions that require communications to be decrypted to accurately identify abnormal activity, London-based encrypted analysis platform Venari Security uses a combination of machine learning, artificial intelligence and behavioural analytics to accurately detect threats on the network in near real-time, without the need for decryption.

This significantly reduces the response time of security teams and enables them to proactive respond to threats rather than react to events, while delivering internal and regulatory compliance for organisations. The defender of encrypted networks has now raised a Series A funding of £4.2 million with a post money valuation of £14.2 million.

Backed by top CEOs

With some of the best known and most influential figures in the cybersecurity industry onboard including Paddy McGuinness, the UK’s former Deputy National Security Adviser for Intelligence, Security and Resilience; Lane Bess, former President and Chief Executive Officer of Palo Alto Networks; and Cris Conde, former Chief Executive Officer of SunGard, the company is primed for success by fundamentally transforming organisations’ ability to accurately and quickly spot threats concealed in encrypted traffic.

The business will be led by CEO Tom Millar, former Founder and Chief Executive Officer of ITC Secure; Chief Revenue Officer Hiten Mistry, former banking lead architect and senior figure at several cyber security start-ups, and Chief Technology Officer Simon Mullis, former Technical Director EMEA at Tanium.

Defender of encrypted networks

Talking about how protecting customers’ privacy against attacks has been a growing concern among organisations, Tom Millar, Chief Executive Officer at Venari Security, says: “We are now in a world where the majority of business communication uses encryption both internally and externally, which is a good thing. However, cybercriminals have also pivoted over the past five years. They use the same encryption protocols to circumvent traditional security technologies, allowing attackers to deliver malware and ransomware attacks, communicate laterally within the enterprise and exfiltrate data. Organisations are more concerned than ever about protecting their customer’s privacy but struggle to defend effectively against attacks.”

The company is backed and advised by some of the world’s leading cybersecurity and compliance experts who believe strongly in its ability to solve a genuine, immediate problem for enterprises. “Our development partners include large global organisations across key regulated verticals. The response has been tremendous, helping validate the need for encrypted traffic analysis, reducing the time to react for security teams and ensuring these organisations meet their certificate compliance standards. We are just getting started and have some fantastic innovations planned for encrypted traffic analysis,” he adds.

Enhancing data science portfolio

The company will use the investment to grow its Research & Development, data science and cyber teams, complete its go-to-market plan and continue to attract some of the best cyber talent to achieve its aggressive growth plans.