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Orca Security Lands $6.5M Seed Round to Deliver IT Security Teams Unprecedented Full Stack Cloud Visibility, Securing High-Velocity Cloud Growth

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Israeli startup Orca
, founded by former Check Point executives Avi Shua and Gil
Geron, today announced $6.5 million in seed funding led by YL Ventures
for its mission to provide organizations with seamless full stack
visibility into their complete cloud infrastructure footprint, all
without complex and costly per-asset integration.

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Orca Security Managing Founders - (r.) Avi Shua, CEO and co-founder and (l.) Gil Geron, Chief Produc ...

Orca Security Managing Founders – (r.) Avi Shua, CEO and co-founder and (l.) Gil Geron, Chief Product Officer and co-founder (Photo: Business Wire)

Based on Orca’s early customer engagements, on average organizations
lack security visibility into 50% or more of their cloud infrastructure
footprint. In minutes, Orca can close the gap completely by providing
forensic level visibility inside of every virtual machine to expose
issues such as operating system and application level vulnerabilities
and compromises.

Organizations today are deploying an ever-accelerating cloud footprint
to drive digital transformation, innovation and competitive advantage.
Unfortunately, this explosive adoption has left IT Security teams
struggling with last generation tools to achieve the visibility they
need to manage risk and secure the organization.

“Gaining visibility into the makeup and state of cloud environments is
today’s biggest security challenge. Even with significant investment and
expertise, apps, assets and infrastructure in the cloud remain opaque;
and scanners and agents just can’t scale technically or operationally in
the cloud first world we are now in,” noted Justin Somaini, former Chief
Security Officer at SAP. “Solutions like Orca’s that offer comprehensive
in-depth visibility with no integration headaches are exactly what’s
needed to empower teams to secure and scale the high velocity growth of
cloud deployments.”

The Orca Cloud Visibility Platform leverages Orca’s patent-pending
SideScanning technology to deliver comprehensive and seamless visibility
into the security posture of an organization’s complete cloud footprint
in a matter of minutes. Orca’s cloud native platform:

  • Utilizes a single and simple integration into the cloud infrastructure
    layer to automatically assess the security state of every discovered
    asset throughout the entire technology stack
  • Encompasses the cloud control plane, operating system, applications
    and business data
  • Delivers complete visibility into compromised resources, vulnerable
    software, misconfigurations and more
  • Utilizes read-only access with no impact on performance or availability
  • Allows IT security teams to do their job without the enormous costs
    and organizational friction involved in deploying agents or network

“It is an almost impossible task for CISOs to answer security questions
about their organizations’ sprawling cloud deployments. Questions such
as, ‘Which servers are vulnerable, misconfigured, unpatched, or even
breached?’, ‘Do I have neglected servers no one’s maintained for
months?’ and ‘Where is my sensitive data stored?’” said Avi Shua, CEO
and co-founder of Orca Security. “But organizations shouldn’t be forced
to choose between slowing down innovation and accepting unseen and
unmanaged risks. We, as a security industry, can and should do better.
With Orca, IT and security operations teams gain unprecedented
visibility over their entire cloud footprint, allowing them to answer
these and many other important questions and to be partners in
innovation rather than putting the brakes on it.”

“When Avi and Gil introduced us to Orca’s unique approach and innovative
solution, we knew it did something new and exceptional that traditional
vulnerability managers and existing cloud security posture managers
simply can’t; deliver true, deep and near instantaneous full stack
visibility at a forensic level of detail,” said Yoav Leitersdorf,
managing partner at YL Ventures, who led the Orca funding round.

“Orca will provide organizations transforming to the cloud a superior
level of security, one that was impossible to achieve in the pre-cloud
era,” Shua added.

The Orca Cloud Visibility Platform is currently in limited availability
to qualified customers. General availability will be in late 2019. For
more information, visit

About Orca Security

is the Cloud Visibility Company. The Orca Cloud Visibility
Platform utilizes its unique SideScanning™ technology to seamlessly
deliver comprehensive full-stack visibility into all of your entire
cloud infrastructure and assets in a fraction of the time and cost of
alternative approaches. Orca gives IT security teams the power to enable
“Security at the Speed of the Cloud.”

About YL Ventures

funds and supports brilliant Israeli tech entrepreneurs
from seed to lead. Based in Silicon Valley and Tel Aviv, YL Ventures
manages $140 million and specializes in cybersecurity. YL Ventures
accelerates the evolution of portfolio companies via strategic advice
and U.S.-based operational execution, leveraging a powerful network of
Chief Information Security Officers and global industry leaders. The
firm’s track record includes successful, high-profile portfolio company
acquisitions by major corporations including Microsoft, CA and