AVENTURA, Fla., Sept. 8, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- ZENEDGE, a leading provider of cloud-based, artificial intelligence (AI) driven Web Application Firewall (WAF) and Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) cybersecurity Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) provider, announced today it has completed a Series C investment led by growth equity investor Pilot Growth Equity ("Pilot Growth"). Pilot Growth has led the round with a $5 million investment, with additional funds coming from Zoho Corporation ("Zoho"), as well as from existing investors TELUS Ventures and Yehuda Neuberger. The financing will be used to fund ZENEDGE's continued global expansion, sales and marketing activities and for further investment in its patent-pending technology. William Lee, co-founder and managing director at Pilot Growth, will join ZENEDGE's board of directors. With this new Series C round, total investment in the company is $13.7 million.
Founded in July 2014, ZENEDGE provides organizations a cloud-based enterprise-class, managed cybersecurity IaaS to help secure their web applications and networks against vulnerabilities and DDoS attacks. Unlike other Web Application Security solutions in the market, ZENEDGE leverages patent-pending deep machine-learning capabilities to detect anomalies, dynamically alter security postures, and initiate auto-mitigation and automatic routing with minimal to zero human intervention. This allows the company to provide better cybersecurity and faster time to mitigation than traditional cloud and on-premise cybersecurity vendors, ultimately resulting in less and shorter business interruptions, while helping reduce operational costs.
"ZENEDGE has rapidly established a significant leadership position in the fast growing, high demand cloud cybersecurity space," said William Lee, co-founder and managing director at Pilot Growth. "What distinguishes ZENEDGE is its disruptive approach to cloud-based cybersecurity with a focus on automation, artificial intelligence and machine learning, that is already re-defining the cybersecurity market, and positions the company well for continued leadership and growth. Pilot Growth is honored to partner with ZENEDGE and we look forward to working closely with their outstanding management team and board to maximize the company's potential."
"We are thrilled to welcome Pilot Growth to lead our Series C round and have William Lee join our board of directors, as they represent a partner that provides us not only with capital, but vast strategic experience and relationships," said Yuri Frayman, founder and CEO of ZENEDGE. "In addition to Pilot Growth, we are also excited to welcome Zoho, already a strategic ZENEDGE customer, as a new investor in this round."
"Frequency, sophistication and complexity of cyber-attacks are increasing every day. We see this first-hand as a global SaaS provider," said Sridhar Vembu, CEO of Zoho. "As a ZENEDGE customer, we are very impressed with both the sophistication of the platform as well as the know-how of the ZENEDGE technical team, and excited about the opportunity to invest in the company and participate in its growth and success."
"Cybersecurity is a critical area of our business, and ZENEDGE reinforces our ability to safely protect business customers against Internet-based threats," said Rich Osborn, Managing Partner of TELUS Ventures. "Through our investment, we are now offering ZENEDGE's cloud-based technology to our customers, while helping the company expand its Canadian and international presence."
ZENEDGE has experienced explosive growth to become a premier provider of cloud-based cybersecurity solutions with numerous patents pending. ZENEDGE's offering is packaged as a cloud cybersecurity platform coupled with a 24/7 managed service, and it is supported by security operations centers strategically located in the continental US and Europe. The company is planning to leverage the Series C funding to further accelerate growth by investing in sales and marketing activities and global expansion.
About Pilot Growth Equity
Pilot Growth Equity ("Pilot Growth") is a technology growth equity firm with offices in San Francisco, New York and Washington, DC. Pilot Growth invests in growth-stage technology companies that require capital and strategic resources to accelerate their growth. Founded by entrepreneurs, Pilot Growth provides its portfolio companies a combination of world class operating, company-building, and advisory expertise, as well as global access to private and public sector customers. Please visit us at http://www.pilotgrowth.com.
About Zoho Corporation
Zoho is THE operating system for business - a single cloud platform with all the necessary applications to run a business entirely from the cloud. Businesses can acquire and manage customers using Zoho's marketing, sales and customer support applications - Campaigns, CRM and Desk - and can then empower employees to create, store and distribute content on the cloud with Zoho's productivity and collaboration applications - Office, Mail and Docs. Additionally, businesses can run their own operations on Zoho's finance and human resources applications - Books, People and Recruit.
More than 20 million users around the world across hundreds of thousands of companies rely on Zoho every day to run their businesses - including Zoho itself. A business can choose to run the entire Zoho suite or just a single application. Zoho applications are available directly through zoho.com, or through an ecosystem of hundreds of worldwide Zoho partners.
Zoho is a division of Zoho Corp., a privately-held and consistently profitable company, with more than 4,000 employees. Zoho is headquartered in Pleasanton, CA with international headquarters in Chennai, India and offices in Austin, London, Yokohama, and Beijing. For more information, please visit https://www.zoho.com.
About TELUS Ventures
TELUS Ventures, the strategic venture investment arm of TELUS, evaluates companies, markets, management teams and technologies to ensure a fit to TELUS' strategy and to maximize financial returns on investment. The Ventures' team drives success for its portfolio of company investments by actively facilitating relationships within TELUS and our network of partners.
ZENEDGE is a leading global provider of cloud-based, artificial intelligence (AI) driven Web Application Firewall (WAF) and DDoS cybersecurity solutions. ZENEDGE is PCI Level 1 certified and protects thousands of web applications and networks for companies in eCommerce, Energy, Gaming, Financial Services, SaaS, Technology, Media &Entertainment, Healthcare and Government industries. ZENEDGE is headquartered in Aventura, Florida, and lead by technical pedigrees who have exited to Google. For more information, visit www.zenedge.com.
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