Censys locks in $75m funding: Advancing cybersecurity’s future

Censys locks in $75m funding: Advancing cybersecurity's future

Censys, described as “the leading Internet Intelligence Platform for Threat Hunting and Exposure Management”, has made a significant announcement concerning its latest financial endeavours.

The firm has successfully secured $75m in a new funding round. This capital raise encompasses a $50m Series C, led prominently by Decibel Partners, GV, Greylock, and Intel Capital. New investors, namely Ascension Ventures, Four Rivers, and accounts overseen by Hamilton Lane, have also come on board. To top it all, SVB Capital and Silicon Valley Bank took the lead on the $25m debt funding portion.

The digital landscape stands central to our modern society, impacting both the public and private sectors. The onus of safeguarding a sprawling and intricate technological expanse continues to grow, with today’s threat actors evolving at an astonishing pace. This makes cybersecurity not just crucial, but foundational to our economic future.

To tackle these challenges, Censys has amassed the world’s most exhaustive and precise data on global internet infrastructure. As a top-tier threat intelligence provider, Censys aids an array of institutions ranging from national governments to global tech firms.

With this new influx of funds, Censys aspires to supercharge its product innovation and development trajectory. Their primary objective is to fortify their standing as the forerunner in Threat Intelligence Data. On a broader scale, the firm aims to enhance its global revenue growth. An intriguing strategic move involves venturing into the healthcare sector, focusing on its pressing security and privacy requirements – all this, with support from Ascension Ventures.

In further news, Censys is delighted to welcome Andy Boyd as a fresh independent advisor to their board. Andy comes with a rich backdrop, having served as the Director of the Central Intelligence Agency’s Center for Cyber Intelligence. His role had him tackling intelligence-related tasks, particularly those centred on foreign cyber threats targeting U.S. concerns.

Censys CEO Brad Brooks remarked, “This round of funding brings us even closer to our goal as the ground truth for global internet infrastructure. We are committed to providing our customers the high-integrity data and analysis needed to understand exposures and conduct critical threat investigations. Cybersecurity is an essential anchor to the future of our global economy, and we are excited to continue our focus on ensuring a more resilient, cyber-aware future.”

Furthermore, Andy Boyd stated, “As someone who has personally been involved in some of the most consequential counterterrorism operations of the past decade, I intimately understand the urgent need to strengthen our cybersecurity posture across both the public and private sectors. I believe that Censys has a critical role to play in arming organisations with the data and insights they need to defend attack surfaces and take down threats in real-time, and am incredibly excited to partner with Censys on their mission.”

Post their Series B in January 2022, Censys unveiled a remarkable 130%+ Annual Recurring Revenue (ARR) growth. Several strategic manoeuvres, such as alliances with top-tier tech vendors, introducing the Censys Internet Map, and international office expansion, have catalysed this success. The firm also flaunted its recent attainment of the SOC 2 Type II Compliance standard and unveiled plans to establish an office in Seattle, Washington by 2023’s close.

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