Cloud security innovator Kivera secures $3.5m as it enters US market


Kivera, a cloud security company that aims to prevent malicious attacks via cloud misconfigurations, has raised $3.5m in seed funding.

In tandem with this funding raise, the company is moving its headquarters from Sydney, Australia to New York City.

The round was led by General Advance, Round 13 Capital, and included several angel investors such as Srinath Kuruvadi (Managing Director and Head of Cloud Security, JP Morgan & Chase), Ely Kahn (VP Product for Cloud Security and AI/ML at SentinelOne), Dimitri Sirota (Founder and CEO of BigID), and senior executives from Amazon, Google, Shift5, ServiceNow, and Zscaler.

Kivera aims to disrupt the typical cycle of cloud misconfigurations by taking a proactive approach. Unlike most Cloud Security Posture Management (CSPM) tools, which detect risks and misconfigurations after the fact, Kivera’s Cloud Security Protection Platform (CSPP) enables uniform and specific policy enforcement across any cloud and tool. This minimises the risk of misconfigurations, ensures data security, and disrupts the cycle of constant alerts, allowing developers to innovate securely.

Kivera plans to utilise the fresh funding to invest in new talent, facilitating its transition to the North American market as it moves its headquarters from Sydney to New York City.

Kivera supports all major cloud providers, including Google Cloud, Amazon Web Services, and MSFT Azure. Originally founded in Sydney, Australia by Neil Brown and Vernon Jefferson in 2019, the company has also appointed Joe Lea as its Chief Executive Officer.

Ely Kahn, VP of Product at SentinelOne, noted, “Kivera’s Cloud Security Protection Platform is poised to flip this paradigm and start moving customers from a detective to a preventative security posture by preventing these misconfigurations from happening in the first place.”

Neil Brown, co-founder and VP of operations at Kivera, added, “Our recent funding is an endorsement that Kivera is tapping into specific customer pain. We’re eager to change the way that cybersecurity teams think about cloud security beginning at the configuration level.”

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