Distil Networks Raises $21M to Expand Company

June 30, 2015

2:13 pm

DC area cybersecurity company Distil Networks just announced $21M raised in a Series B Round. The round was led by new investor Bessemer Venture Partners, with help from existing investors Foundry Group, Techstars, ff Venture Capital, Idea Fund andCorrelation Ventures. This round brings their total funding to about $38M.

Distil Networks provides a simple and accurate solution to keep malicious bots from entering websites and ultimately prevent bot-based hacker attacks.

“With the advent of cheap or free cloud computing resources, anyone with basic computer skills can download open source software and launch a bot attack … Most companies still have no visibility or control over malicious website traffic. Bots are the culprits behind Web scraping, brute force attacks, competitive data mining, account hijacking, unauthorized vulnerability scans, spam, man-in-the-middle attacks and fraud,” Distil’s CEOco-founder Rami Essaid told DC Inno.

Founded in 2011 by Essaid and two friends who were all working in cybersecurity, they developed a technology that can detect whether it’s a bot or a human entering a website. If accurate detection is not immediate, their product will send out a captcha box or some other form of verification. This detection has also allowed them to develop the largest bot database of known bots.

They plan to use this current funding to expand both their talent and product offerings. They currently have a team of 60 and hope to add another 100 employees over the next year. They are also planning to open another office in Northern Virginia. As far as their technology, Essaid was vague, but did say that they’ll be releasing their second product in the Fall of 2015.

In 2014, Distil Networks raised $10M in a Series A Round led by the Foundry Group and Techstars’s Bullet Time Ventures. They also opened two new offices last year in Raleigh, NC and San Francisco.

 

Image Credit: MMT

 

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Kristin is an aspiring entrepreneur who is enthusiastically navigating her way through the DC startup space. She has an unending passion for learning and is never satisfied with the status quo. During the day she is an ops, biz dev, and marketing maven for Fission Strategy

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