HyTrust, Inc., a leading workload security provider, today announced that it has closed $36 million in new funding led by Advance Venture Partners (AVP) with participation from existing venture capital firms including Vanedge Capital. The company will use this latest round of investment to expand its sales and marketing efforts, and to fund new product development. The company will also utilize a portion of the proceeds to fund the acquisition of DataGravity, which was also announced today.
The funding comes at a time when the threat level to enterprise IT remains at very high levels, with daily media accounts of large breaches and attacks. Large enterprises and government organizations are pursuing data-center transformation projects that embrace both private and public cloud infrastructure, posing challenges for existing security approaches.
Hytrust’s acquisition of DataGravity, a data visibility and security company which previously raised $92 million in funding, will allow the company to further automate and enhance security policy enforcement for workload data. The acquisition brings new data discovery and classification expertise that expand HyTrust’s data security solutions focused on protecting workload data.
“The acquisition will accelerate the expansion of HyTrust’s platform capabilities and capitalize on the high-growth cloud security market,” said Eric Chiu, HyTrust’s co-founder and president. “DataGravity’s data discovery and classification capabilities support HyTrust’s mission to deliver a security policy framework that provides customers with full visibility, insight and enforcement of policy across workloads. We couldn’t be more excited.”
Leading this latest round of funding is Advance Venture Partners (“AVP”), an investment firm that invests in early and growth stage companies, and leverages its relationship with media and technology holding company Advance Publications to provide strategic insights, access and impact to its portfolio companies. Also participating in the round are existing venture investors Sway Ventures, Epic Ventures, Vanedge Capital and Trident Capital, and strategic investors Cisco, Fortinet, Intel Corp. and VMware.
Earlier this month, Gartner identified Cloud Workload Protection Platforms among the top technologies for information security in 2017. Presenting their findings during the Gartner Security & Risk Management Summit in Maryland, analysts highlighted hybrid cloud workload protection platforms (CWPP) as providing information security leaders with an integrated way to protect the various workload types supported by modern data centers, using a single management console and a single way to express security policy, regardless of where the workload runs—physical machines, virtual machines (VMs), containers, private cloud infrastructure, public cloud infrastructure as a service (IaaS).
“It is an exciting time for HyTrust with a trifecta of validation for HyTrust receiving this latest funding from AVP and our existing investors, being selected by three of the top five banks, two leading credit card brands and top government agencies to secure their workloads, and having Gartner highlight cloud workload protection as a top technology for information security in 2017,” said John De Santis, Chairman and CEO of HyTrust. “We are the leaders in a fast-growing field whose primacy is reaffirmed daily, and we are delighted our investors recognize our role in providing the security that has become a critical enabler of cloud adoption.”