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Mobile Security Startup Wandera Raises $15 Million

Wandera, a startup that helps protect mobile data from external threats and optimize data usage, today announced that it has raised $15 million in additional funding led by 83North, with participation from existing investor Bessemer Venture Partners.

This additional cash brings Wandera's total funding to $23 million.

Headquartered in San Francisco and London, Wandera has developed a Secure Mobile Gateway that scans data both on device and in the cloud to provide customers with actionable real-time insights while ensuring a transparent experience for their end users.

Additionally, Wandera's mobile data optimization and real-time intelligence provide granular control and visibility over their data usage.

The company currently processes more than 350 million content requests each day through the cloud for its customers, including three of the Big Four accountancy firms. Partners include AT&T, BT and Samsung as well as integrations with MobileIron, AirWatch and Citrix.

Wandera was founded by Eldar and Roy Tuvey, who previously founded ScanSafe, which was acquired by Cisco in 2010 for roughly $183 million.

"Following the recent Sony Pictures and celebrity iOS hacks, companies are demanding the next generation of mobile security. We have reached a tipping point where businesses must tackle mobile data security threats head-on or face serious repercussions," said Roy Tuvey, President of Wandera. 

"Wandera's proactive security and optimization service powered by its unique cloud gateway architecture goes beyond traditional solutions and gives enterprises the confidence to employ mobility as a key productivity tool," said Erez Ofer of 83North, who will join the Board. "We're pleased to facilitate Wandera's aggressive expansion plans across Europeand particularly in North America where they are already securing mobile devices for some of the world's largest companies and partnering with global telecom carriers and MDM players."

Security researchers from Wandera recently discovered serious vulnerabilities in the official NFL Mobile apps for iOS and Android, which leaked user names and passwords through a secondary unencrypted API call. 

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For more than 10 years, Mike Lennon has been closely monitoring the threat landscape and analyzing trends in the National Security and enterprise cybersecurity space. In his role at SecurityWeek, he oversees the editorial direction of the publication and is the Director of several leading security industry conferences around the world.