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Twistlock Founders Score Whopping $51M Seed Funding for Gutsy

Serial entrepreneurs bank an unusually large seed round to apply process mining techniques to solve security governance problems.

The team of entrepreneurs that created and sold Twistlock to Palo Alto are peeling the wraps of a brand new cybersecurity upstart focused on redefining security governance.

The new venture, called Gutsy, burst onto the scene Tuesday with a whopping $51 million in seed-stage financing and ambitious plans to apply process mining techniques to solve security problems.

The unusually large seed round was led by YL Ventures and Mayfield.

The brainchild of former Twistlock chief executive Ben Bernstein, Gutsy is working on software that uses process mining to generate data-driven insight into the intricate web of an organization’s teams, tools, and processes, highlighting their functions and results. 

In simple terms, Gutsy and its investors are banking on CISOs and security executives spending on software that acts like a magnifying glass to inspect and understand the convoluted mechanisms of their operations.

“Gutsy provides security leaders with the data and understanding to answer hard questions and make good decisions,” the company said in a note announcing the early stage funding.

The company said it polled about 50 enterprise CISOs and learned that a staggering 55% of security tools were not being used efficiently, leading to 38% of security incidents stemming from process failure.  In addition, Gutsy said CISOs reported 63% of audit findings have roots in security process breakdowns.

“Customers often tell us they have 80 or 100 different security tools, but they consider less than half of them to be well operationalized, so they struggle to get the outcomes they need.” Bernstein said.

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The serial entrepreneur, who scored a $410 million exit with Twistlock in 2019, argues that enterprise security processes are more complex and opaque than ever.  “We’ll help you understand how all the pieces work together, what results you’re delivering, and why you’re getting them,” Bernstein added.

The company emerged from stealth this week with a beta product offering three modules covering processes in identity management, incident response, and vulnerability management. 

Gutsy said the SaaS product integrates with a broad range of tools from cloud providers to HR systems, vulnerability management tools, ticketing systems and EDR platforms. 

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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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