Application security startup Contrast Security raises $150M on $1B+ valuation

Application security startup Contrast Security Inc. has raised $150 million in new funding to meet growing demand, further gain market share with accelerated global expansion plans and provide the company with additional flexibility to execute on strategic opportunities and acquisitions.

Liberty Strategic Capital led the Series E round. Also participating were Warburg Pincus, Battery Ventures, General Catalyst, Microsoft’s M-12 Fund, AXA Venture Partners and Acero Capital.

The raise was on a valuation north of $1 billion, giving Contrast Security unicorn status for the first time. Including the new funding, Contrast Security has raised $269 million to date.

Founded in 2014, Contrast Security offers “self-protecting” security software designed to protect enterprise software applications from within. It does so by enabling enterprise developers to build in security functions through an embeddable module. Pitched as offering a modernized approach to application security, the company’s platform offers security instrumentation that’s claimed to disrupt traditional application security approaches.

With a focus on DevOps, agile and cloud-native apps, Contrast claims its modules can be set up and installed in about a minute to start monitoring an application’s internal components using a threat detection method described as “deep security instrumentation.” The protection enables accurate assessment and always-on protection of an entire application portfolio without scanning or expensive security experts.

“The global economy is running on software applications,” Alan Naumann, Contrast Security’s chief executive officer, said in a statement. “We are now seeing business leaders, including Microsoft and Google, commit publicly to spend billions of dollars in order to decrease cybersecurity risks in today’s fast-paced application economy.”

The company has grown rapidly since it last raised funding in February 2019. Contrast Security claims to have a customer base that consists of tens of thousands of developers at some of the largest brand-name companies in the world, including Bayerische Motoren Werke AG, DocuSign Inc., AXA S.A., Zurich Insurance Group Ltd., Walgreens Co., Intuit Inc. and American Red Cross, as well as numerous other global Fortune 500 enterprises.

Image: Contrast Security

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Source: Siliconangle

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