Censys secures $15.5m in funding and launches a new cybersecurity tool

Censys, a cybersecurity platform offering internet-wide visibility and real-time risk assessments around threats, has secured $15.5m in its Series A round.

The investment was co-led by GV and Decibel, with participation also coming from Greylock Partners.

In tandem with the funding announcement, the company unveiled its new scan engine that monitors 44% more of the internet than any other cybersecurity solution, it claims. The tool has been in the works for two years.

It was developed by the team that was behind the ZMap solution, a free and open-source security scanner to identify vulnerabilities and threats to IoT devices.

The Censys Attack Surface Management solution gives customers actionable findings, enumerating risks and recommendations for remediation.

Capital from the round will be used to double the company’s team size, with plans on hiring key leadership positions and growing its sales and engineering teams.

The company offers an exhaustive and up-to-date source of internet scan data to help companies monitor their online vulnerabilities in the cloud, on IoT devices and with remote workers.

Censys co-founder and chief scientist Zakir Durumeric said, “When we released ZMap seven years ago, it fundamentally changed researchers’ visibility into the hosts on the Internet, but it was never designed for continually tracking changing hosts or finding new services as soon as they came online.

“Our new architecture is a significant improvement over Censys’ original scan engine and enables our Attack Surface Management product to find vulnerable services as soon as they come online.”

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