Cyvatar today announced that it has raised $3 million in seed funding from Bill Wood Ventures to launch its all-in-one cybersecurity-as-a-service (CSaaS) offering. The company will use the capital to disrupt the $130 billion cybersecurity industry with guaranteed business results, to speed customer adoption of subscription-based security services, and to fuel the development of its outcomes-driven solution, Genesis Platform.
Cyvatar Co-Founders Corey White, former chief experience officer at Cylance, and Craig Goodwin, former chief trust and risk officer at Fujitsu, formed the company to combat decades of wasteful spending in the industry—waste generated by an overabundance of point products that do not integrate quickly or easily into most security environments and too much noise from security vendors whose genuine differentiation can be difficult to determine. There are also staffing shortages exacerbated by a prolonged skills gap. Cyvatar leads a fundamental shift in the market, offering holistic, tailored security solutions rooted in best-of-breed technologies from across the industry.
“It’s no secret that CISOs and their teams are the losers in today’s cyber arms race,” said investor Bill Wood. “In fact, most organizations use less than half of the functionality in the technology solutions they own. Cyvatar has developed a winning CSaaS model by combining customer-centric strategies with skilled security experts and market-leading technologies to deliver guaranteed business outcomes.”
The Cyvatar approach is rooted in proprietary ICARM (installation, configuration, assessment, remediation, maintenance) methodology that delivers smarter, measurable security solutions and enables small and medium-size businesses to achieve security compliance and cyber-attack protection faster and more efficiently. And in the crowded and noisy security space—where more than 4,500 security solutions are currently available—the need for organizations to show value from their security stacks is a top priority.
“As a longtime builder of successful security programs, I understand the difficulty many organizations face trying to get all the tools in their security stack to work together effectively and provide sufficient risk controls,” said Al Valerio, head of IT and cybersecurity at Virtualitics. “Cyvatar’s all-in-one offering gave us a comprehensive security framework—not just a few pieces—enabling us to remediate vulnerabilities in record time, achieve synergy among all of our security tools, maintain compliance standards required by our government customers, and reduce user friction. If it weren’t for Cyvatar’s vision and execution, completing our mission quickly and within budget would have been impossible.”
The company’s strategy includes a robust partner network to bring bespoke solutions to customers who are not large enough to invest in in-house security teams, do not have the runway to experiment with multiple security tools as they scale, or cannot compete against larger firms for the scarce number of skilled resources available. Cyvatar’s partner ecosystem spans nearly two dozen companies.
“We believe in the democratization of cybersecurity,” said Cyvatar Founders Corey White and Craig Goodwin. “Protection from threats and breaches should not be accessible only to organizations with deep pockets and dedicated security personnel, and it shouldn’t be delivered in a shrouded black-box approach understood only by the vendor. We’re on a mission to demystify cyber defense by offering an all-in-one subscription-based service that provides organizations of any size the ability to achieve measurable security outcomes that drive quicker time-to-value without sacrificing their security postures or compliance standards.”
Whether customers need to meet intricate compliance requirements in order to grow their sales pipelines, to remediate after a breach, to prevent future incursions, or to respond to a third-party risk assessment, Cyvatar helps them achieve outcomes quickly, without the noise, complexity, or hurdles in traditional security approaches.
What security challenges are you trying to solve? What barriers do you face? Visit https://start.cyvatar.ai/ to explore the ways Cyvatar can help.
Cyvatar.ai is a transformative cybersecurity company that operates at the intersection of our customers and technology to define what a cybersecurity solution should be: guaranteed business outcomes that are measurable. We break down barriers to create positive experiences for passionate companies globally. Cyvatar is headquartered in Irvine, California. Learn more at https://cyvatar.ai and follow us on LinkedIn and Twitter.
About Bill Wood Ventures
Based in Austin, Texas, Bill Wood is one of the most experienced venture capitalists in Texas. His track record spans over three decades and parallels the emergence of Austin as one of the world's strongest technology-driven economies. He has provided start-up financing, board-level guidance and mentoring to dozens of start-ups, several of which have sustained multibillion dollar market capitalizations. Bill is a past recipient of the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur-of-the-Year award. He was also the winner of the Austin Technology Summit's "Pillar of the Community" award, recognizing his lifetime contribution to the community. Finally, he was the inaugural inductee into the Austin Technology Hall of Fame.