Lacework Closes $42 Million Financing Round and Adds Cloud Security Leader Andy Byron as President
Addition of VC veterans Mike Speiser and John McMahon prepare Lacework for aggressive growth within cloud, container and DevOps security markets
September 12, 2019
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. – September 12, 2019 – Lacework®, the cloud security platform for enterprise innovation, today announced important funding and leadership changes that will help the company capitalize on its current momentum in delivering DevOps and workload security for cloud, container, and hybrid environments. Lacework is receiving $42 million from Sutter Hill Ventures and Liberty Global Ventures and has hired cloud security veteran, Andy Byron, as President to run all go-to-market functions. Additionally, the company has added two new board members, Mike Speiser, partner at Sutter Hill Ventures, and John McMahon, cloud industry veteran and current Snowflake board member.
With the addition of new forward-thinking customers like HashiCorp, Iterable, and AdRoll, Lacework is making significant progress in helping major brands get visibility and understanding into the vulnerabilities from DevOps to workload run-time operations. The new funding and leadership changes will support product innovation and go-to-market activities to help educate security, compliance, and DevOps teams that want a way to embed security continuously through build-time to run-time operations.
“Our new funding, new perspectives on the board of directors, and with Andy joining, are all going to be critical for how we build on our solid foundation as a cloud and container security leader,” said Dan Hubbard, CEO of Lacework. “Lacework and our growing list of customers agree that there is a need for a new generation of security companies that are purpose-fit to secure today’s modern infrastructure.”
“We believe cloud infrastructure is a fundamental part of the digital revolution – and so securing it is very critical. Lacework has the best cloud security product and also a world-class team to deliver on this promise. We look forward to working closely with them,” said Ankur Prakash, Partner at Liberty Global Ventures.
Andy Byron as President
Andy Byron joins Lacework to lead the sales and marketing teams in the acquisition of new customers and branding the company as a leader in the cloud and container security market. He brings a track record of go-to-market success with innovative, fast-growth startup companies. Prior to Lacework, Byron led sales and marketing as Chief Revenue Officer at Cybereason, a $100 million endpoint security company, and before that was President and Chief Operating Officer at Fuze.
“This is a unique opportunity, and I’m honored to have the chance to be part of Lacework and its new generation security platform,” said Byron. “We are building a first-class sales and marketing team to bring our message of cloud and container security, from DevOps to runtime, to buyers who are hungry for a complete platform solution. Customers clearly don’t want to be stuck with last generation vendors who are attempting to cobble together a variety of solutions. Lacework is delivering the right solution for those customers who want to move fast, be agile, and still be secure.”
Newly Appointed Board Members
The addition of Speiser and McMahon to the Lacework board signals a recommitment by investors and the recognition among cloud leaders that the company is positioned to rapidly accelerate its market growth. Speiser was founding CEO of data warehousing and analytics innovator, Snowflake, and both gentlemen currently sit on the board of directors of Snowflake. Both have significant experience driving fast-growing companies like Pure Storage, MongoDB, and others to multi-billion dollar valuations.
“The security market is crowded with point solutions and legacy vendors trying to become relevant for containers and the cloud,” said Mike Speiser, partner at Sutter Hill Ventures and new Lacework board member. “It’s clear that DevOps and security teams want a single platform for their security and compliance needs, and only Lacework provides that. The company is doing all the right things and is on track to become the Snowflake for security.”
Lacework delivers a complete cloud security platform for the entire IT infrastructure, from DevOps and orchestration environments to cloud and hybrid workloads. Unlike conventional security tools built for static datacenters, Lacework is designed to self-adapt to the cloud’s ever-changing configurations to provide visibility and intrusion detection that helps enterprises keep their data and resources safe. Based in Mountain View, California, Lacework is a privately held company funded by Sutter Hill Ventures, Liberty Global Ventures, Spike Ventures, the Webb Investment Network (WIN), and AME Cloud Ventures. Find out more at www.lacework.com.
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