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Automated Red Teaming Firm Randori Raises $20 Million

Randori, a firm that provides an automated red team attack platform, has raised $20 Million in a Series A funding round led by Harmony Partners, and supported by Accomplice, .406 Ventures and Legion Capital.

According to the company, the funds will be used to expand the platform and the firm's team of hackers.

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Boston, Mass-based startup Randori was founded in 2018 by Brian Hazzard (CEO) and David 'Moose' Wolpoff (CTO); and emerged from stealth earlier this year. The firm provides a platform that delivers constant real-world attacks, providing a continuous red team experience.

This allows companies to identify ineffective security solutions, gain a deeper understanding of where their organizations are most vulnerable, and achieve a stronger security posture. "Randori is empowering organizations to see the world directly through attackers' eyes," commented Wolpoff. "Having led red teams for more than a decade, I know firsthand that the most challenging organization to break into is the one best equipped to anticipate what's possible and is prepared to respond. The Randori Attack Platform shows the art of the possible by delivering a top-tier attack experience, at scale."

The platform delivers its attacks in the same manner, sequence and techniques used by real world black hat hackers. It starts from a single provided email address, from which it discovers and monitors the attack surface. It identifies any gaps in security by testing against real world exploits and automated attack tooling. It delivers its findings to the in-house security team which then knows where and how it needs to respond. This process is automatically repeated over time so that companies can monitor the impact of their security improvements over time.

"We founded Randori to give CISOs the ability to see how a real attacker would plan, target and conduct campaigns against their organizations," said Hazzard. "Now, more than ever, CISOs need security programs capable of anticipating, rather than reacting to, threats. To do that, you first need to understand what's possible."

Red teaming -- the use of expert white hat hackers trying to break into the network -- is generally considered to be the most effective method of testing security defenses. But it is expensive, and almost impossible to do on a continuous basis. This is the problem addressed by Randori. The new funds will be used to improve the platform and expand the team of expert hackers who develop the attacks.

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Kevin Townsend is a Senior Contributor at SecurityWeek. He has been writing about high tech issues since before the birth of Microsoft. For the last 15 years he has specialized in information security; and has had many thousands of articles published in dozens of different magazines – from The Times and the Financial Times to current and long-gone computer magazines.