Cymulate Raises $3M for Attack Simulation Technology
Startup raises new funds to help expand its reach, with a diverse set of Software-as-a-Service offerings to test an organization's ability to withstand different types of attacks.
Israeli cybersecurity startup Cymulate is aiming to grow its business and technology, thanks to a new Series A round of funding that is bringing in $3 million.
The new funding round was led by Susquehanna Growth Equity and builds on an earlier seed round led by Eyal Gruner, CEO of Cynet, who formerly was the CEO and Founder of Versafe, which was acquired by F5 Networks in 2013.
Cymulate (pronounced 'simulate') is in the business of simulating attacks in a effort to help organizations understand weaknesses and vulnerabilities.
The idea of simulating attacks to help improve enterprise readiness isn't a new or unique idea. Among the other vendors offering attack simulation technologies is another Israeli startup, SafeBreach which first became generally available in January 2016. SafeBreach announced a $15 million Series A round of funding in July 2016.
Cymulate aims to differentiate itself in the market with a number of different targeted services to help test different aspects of enterprise security. The company's products include Cymulate Mail, which is a Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) offering that tests a variety of email delivered cyber attacks. The Cymulate Hopper service goes a level deeper, testing organizations' Windows Domain Network Configuration. Misconfigured network domains are often leveraged by attackers to move laterally in a network to exfiltrate privileged information.
Another way that Cymulate aims to help organizations identify weaknesses that could lead to data exfiltration is with the Cymulate DLP service that tests outbound flows to help make sure confidential information cannot leave the enterprise. At the network level, the Cymulate WAF (Web Application Firewall) tests WAF responses and configuration against threats to see if the technology controls are actually working.
While many threats to an organization can come from the outside, there is also a risk of an insider unintentionally exposing the organization to a potential vulnerability, which is where the Cymulate Browsing service can help.
The Cymulate Browsing service looks specifically at the impact of visiting a malicious site with a web browser.
"Cymulate Browsing tests your organization’s Outbound using common HTTP/HTTPS protocols to malicious websites, enabling you to test your HTTP/HTTPS Outbound security against a large, continuously growing database of malicious websites on the web," Cymulate's website explains.
Sean Michael Kerner is a senior editor at eSecurityPlanet and InternetNews.com. Follow him on Twitter @TechJournalist.