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Data Security Firm Fortanix Raises $90M Series C

Silicon Valley late-stage startup Fortanix has banked $90 million in new capital to boost its place in the confidential computing and data protection marketplace.

Fortanix said the $90 million Series C round was led by Goldman Sachs Asset Management. GiantLeap Capital joined as a new investor alongside prior backers Foundation Capital, Intel Capital, Neotribe Ventures, and In-Q-Tel.

The Mountain View, Calif. company has raised a total of $135 million since its launch in 2016 as a provider of data encryption technology using Intel SGX.

“The funding builds upon the significant and sustained growth Fortanix has experienced despite the pandemic and the recent macro-economic conditions,” the company said in a note announcing the new financing.

Fortanix said it has found traction in highly regulated industries for a product line that includes technology for encryption, multi-cloud key management, tokenization and enclave application lifecycle.

“Traditional network security led approaches have not been entirely successful in preventing data breaches and ransomware. Regulatory requirements have increased as have penalty amounts,” the company noted, arguing that its data-first approach to security tackles this problem head-on by decoupling security from infrastructure.  

The approach allows organizations to credibly conform to privacy laws and regulatory requirements globally including GDPR, Schrems II, HIPAA, PCI and ITAR, Fortanix said.

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Ryan Naraine is Editor-at-Large at SecurityWeek and host of the popular Security Conversations podcast series. Ryan is a veteran cybersecurity strategist who has built security engagement programs at major global brands, including Intel Corp., Bishop Fox and GReAT. He is a co-founder of Threatpost and the global SAS conference series. Ryan's past career as a security journalist included bylines at major technology publications including Ziff Davis eWEEK, CBS Interactive's ZDNet, PCMag and PC World. Ryan is a director of the Security Tinkerers non-profit, an advisor to early-stage entrepreneurs, and a regular speaker at security conferences around the world. Follow Ryan on Twitter @ryanaraine.