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[redacted] Emerges From Stealth to Help Companies Pursue, Disrupt Adversaries

[redacted] emerged from stealth mode on Tuesday with $35 million in Series B funding and a cyber defense and response solution that enables organizations to pursue and disrupt adversaries.

[redacted] was founded in 2015 by Max Kelly, who serves as the company’s CEO, and John Hering. Kelly previously worked at the NSA, the US Cyber Command and at Facebook as CSO. Hering founded cybersecurity firm Lookout and served as its CEO.

The San Francisco, California-based company says it has developed a platform that can help organizations defend their systems and respond to attacks. [redacted]’s platform notifies users when a threat has been detected and provides information on the actions being taken in response.

The company claims it can also help customers turn the tables on attackers by disrupting their operations and holding them accountable.

“Overall, we operate within a legal framework that’s been established in court to support this activity. We are using civil law to engage in the same tactics that police use under criminal law. We will tailor the solution to have the greatest impact against the adversary,” Kelly told SecurityWeek.

“There’s a lot of different ways we do that. It can involve publicly outing their infrastructure so the security community as a whole can take it down. It could mean working with law enforcement to provide information they need to take appropriate action.

“If a malicious actor goes after one of our clients and they realize the repercussions of their actions, it sends a message,” Kelly added.

The company says these “pursuit” capabilities are powered by a highly experienced team and partnerships with governments and agencies worldwide.

The latest funding secured by [redacted], which brings the total raised by the company to $60 million, was led by Ten Eleven Ventures, with participation from Valor Equity Partners and SVB Capital.

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Eduard Kovacs (@EduardKovacs) is a contributing editor at SecurityWeek. He worked as a high school IT teacher for two years before starting a career in journalism as Softpedia’s security news reporter. Eduard holds a bachelor’s degree in industrial informatics and a master’s degree in computer techniques applied in electrical engineering.