Maryland-based startup AuthMind has successfully raised $8.5 million in seed funding to support the development of its identity SecOps platform. The funding round was led by Ballistic Ventures, with additional participation from IBM Ventures. AuthMind was co-founded by CEO Shlomi Yanai and CTO Ankur Panchbudhe, who have a strong background in founding and selling security startups. With AuthMind, they aim to address the growing need for identity security solutions.
AuthMind has secured $8.5 million in seed funding to further develop its identity SecOps platform, which offers real-time attack and vulnerability detection. The platform’s ability to provide identity context assists in post-incident investigations and enhances overall cybersecurity. AuthMind plans to focus on expanding its go-to-market capabilities and exploring other security-related areas it can cover.
Addressing the Key Problem
AuthMind’s platform aims to assist businesses in safeguarding their identity surface and identifying real-time attacks and vulnerabilities. By analyzing a company’s network flow, AuthMind can build a comprehensive view of its cloud, on-premises, SaaS apps, and password managers. This understanding of identity context greatly assists in post-incident investigations and enhances overall cybersecurity.
The Vision for Identity SecOps
Ballistic Ventures CEO Jake Seid, who has previously invested in successful startups like Brex, Data Robot, and Carta, believes that the security perimeter has extended to include identity protection. He praised AuthMind’s holistic approach to identity SecOps, which encompasses protection, post-breach detection, response, and a shift towards proactive security. This model allows businesses to enhance security while maintaining efficient operations.
George Mina from IBM Ventures also acknowledged the increasing attack surface across the identity infrastructure. He emphasized AuthMind’s use of AI to ingest and correlate network flows with event logs, enabling security teams to detect threats in real time and visualize attack paths in hybrid environments.
Expanding Market Presence
AuthMind has worked closely with design partners to refine its platform. These original design partners have since become paying customers, with AuthMind currently serving organizations managing tens of thousands or even over 100,000 identities. While the company’s current customers mainly come from the insurance, manufacturing, and retail industries, they have chosen to remain anonymous.
In the future, AuthMind plans to focus on expanding its go-to-market capabilities and explore other security-related areas it can cover. Additionally, the company aims to assist its customers with security audits for various certifications. Meanwhile, AuthMind will continue to improve its core technologies to provide the best possible solution.