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Traceable AI Snags $60M for API Security Tech

Traceable AI, a startup building technology to reduce attack surfaces in APIs, has banked a new $60 million funding round that values the company at $450 million.

The San Francisco, Calif.-based Traceable AI said the Series B round was led by Institutional Venture Partners (IVP) with additional investments from Tiger Global Management, Unusual Ventures and BIG Labs.

Founded in 2018, Traceable AI has raised a total of $80 million to carve a path in the competitive API security and observability space.

The company’s technology is aimed at reducing attack surfaces in the cloud, especially at the API level that powers rapid digital transferring.  Traceable AI’s platform handles things like API discovery, web application protection, API vulnerability detection and API risk monitoring.

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Traceable AI plans to use the new investment to shift into growth-mode by further investing in its product development and research efforts and expanding sales and marketing teams.

The company was founded by Jyoti Bansal (CEO) and Sanjay Nagaraj (CTO). Bansal previously founded AppDynamics, an application performance management and IT operations analytics company that was sold to Cisco in 2017 for $3.7 billion. Bansal also founded Harness, a continuous delivery-as-a-service platform.

"Widespread use of APIs in cloud-native applications has led to a significantly larger attack surface, intensifying the challenge of protecting these APIs from malicious usage or abuse,” said Bansal. “Bad actors only need one API entry point to access an organization’s data and cause irreparable financial, reputational and service interruptions damage,” he added.

Bansal said the company’s technology can help defenders to understand how an application really works in the context of the business and have the ability to detect anomalies and block advanced threats. 

Traceable AI’s latest funding comes as investors continue to pour cash into startups in the API security category.  

Earlier this year, Alphabet’s independent growth fund CapitalG led a $140 million late-stage investment in Salt Security (at $1.4 billion valuation).  Other well-funded startups in the space include Noname Security, Corsha, Cequence and 42Crunch.

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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 Kaspersky 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.