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Investors Betting Big on Upwind for CNAPP Tech

Upwind raises a total of $80 million in just 10 months as investors pour cash into startups in the cloud and data security categories.

An early-stage Israeli startup called Upwind has raised a hefty $50 million in new funding to speed up work on technology to help organizations secure cloud-native infrastructure.

Upwind, which describes itself as a runtime-powered Cloud-Native Application Protection Platform (CNAPP), has raised a total of $80 million in just 10 months as investors continue to pour cash into startups in the cloud and data security categories.

The company counts Greylock, CyberStarts and Leaders Fund, Craft Ventures, VC Sheva and Pennyjar among its investors.

Upwind, the brainchild of the team that built (acquired by NetApp for $450 million), plans to build and market software platform to handle runtime-powered threat detection, vulnerability management across serverless, virtual machines and containers and multi-cloud security posture management. 

“DevOps often play a role in the security process. We wanted to bring the level of cloud understanding and visibility that DevOps has to security leaders, breaking down the silos that often separate these teams,” Upwind founder Amiram Shachar said in a note announcing the financing.

He said the company is looking to solve major security hurdles by addressing them at runtime, “shifting the paradigm of cloud security and redefining CNAPP with runtime insights.

“We firmly believe that a runtime-centered security strategy is going to become a big part of every enterprise and mid-market organization, because runtime fills the biggest gaps between Dev and Ops and gives security teams the most accurate view of their cloud environment,” Shachar added.

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Ryan Naraine is Editor-at-Large at SecurityWeek and host of the popular Security Conversations podcast series. He is a security community engagement expert who has built programs at major global brands, including Intel Corp., Bishop Fox and GReAT. Ryan is a founding-director of the Security Tinkerers non-profit, an advisor to early-stage entrepreneurs, and a regular speaker at security conferences around the world.

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