Abu Dhabi's Mubadala invests in AI security startup

Balbix gets series B funding from Mubadala, Singtel and John Chambers VC company

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Abu Dhabi's Mubadala invests in AI security startup Former Cisco CEO and executive chairman John Chambers is one of the investors in Balbix Inc.
By  Manda Banda Published  June 27, 2018

Security startup Balbix Inc has signed a strategic company expansion that includes $20m in Series B funding from investors led by Singtel Innov8, the corporate venture fund of the Singtel Group, and Mubadala Ventures, the venture arm of Abu Dhabi's Mubadala Investment Company.

Other investors include Cisco veteran leaders, former CEO and executive chairman John Chambers (founder and CEO of JC2 Ventures) and former EVP and chief development officerPankaj Patel, as well as Balbix Series A investor Mayfield Fund.

Longtime entrepreneurs BV Jagadeesh and Gary Gauba also participated in the round, which Balbix will use to expand its go-to-market strategy and accelerate growth.

The company has developed AI deep learning solutions which provide continuous data gathering and analysis of an organisation's attack surface. The BreachControl platform is intended to give large-scale organisations constant insight and assessment of any security risks within complex IT landscapes to enable them to predict issues and prevent breaches.

Balbix has also expanded its board of directors with the appointment of Patel, Gauba and Jeff Karras, managing director of Singtel Innov8. All are senior industry leaders familiar with building and growing start-up ventures into industry-impacting businesses.

As part of its plan to expand its go-to-market leadership, Balbix has hired Jeff True as its chief revenue officer and Chris Griffith as its vice president of business development and alliances.

"Balbix is taking a game-changing approach to address the most fundamental cybersecurity challenges of today, including the ever-increasing volume and complexity of major breaches," said Chambers. "Cybersecurity threats are evolving faster than we could have ever imagined, and Balbix is a true leader in the space with their innovative approach to improving cyber-resilience.

Chambers said the company's potential impact on the market is exponential. "I look forward to supporting Balbix as they strive to digitally secure businesses, governments and citizens alike," he said.

"Balbix has a proven leadership team that is addressing fundamental challenges in the global cybersecurity landscape," said Ibrahim Ajami, head of Mubadala Ventures. "We are excited to partner with them to create a safer digital ecosystem."

Since launching from stealth one year ago, Balbix has achieved strong market traction with both enterprise customers and global managed security service providers (MSSP). The company emphasizes a different approach to cybersecurity- using deep learning and other advanced AI algorithms to continuously gather and analyse data about an enterprise's massive attack surface to produce relevant insights for different stakeholders. Balbix can predict where and how breaches are likely to happen (before attacks start) and provides specific prescriptions and workflow support to improve security posture, develop cyber-resilience, and avoid breaches.

"I'm very encouraged by the outcomes we've achieved in our first two and a half years, from building a truly expert security and AI team to deeply engaging with supportive design partners to launching an innovative security platform that is deployed by multi-billion enterprises," said Gaurav Banga, CEO and founder of Balbix. "All of us at Balbix are honoured to receive this vote of confidence from such top-tier investors as well as senior executives who are expanding our go-to-market leadership and corporate governance."

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