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The Big One
A breakdown on the day’s biggest Inno story.
Randori, a startup that claims to be the ‘industry’s first nation-state caliber attack platform,’ emerged out of stealth mode today with $9.75M in seed funding from Accomplice Ventures, .406 Ventures and Legion Capital. While the secretive startup is headquartered in Boston, it also has offices in Denver.
The startup is developing an attack platform that will launch ‘real attacks’ on companies, emulating advanced hacks and threats companies face today.
The cybersecurity industry today is full of startups offer penetration testing (pen testing, for short) and simulated attacks that identify vulnerabilities and tackle threats. What Randori claims to do is slightly different: By launching real attacks, the platform aims to provide real-time insights into how attackers view customers’ environments.
“This thinking itself is new,” CEO and founder Brian Hazzard told us. “What we are building has been around, but only in the hands of the bad guys. The whole industry is stuck in the defender’s mindset, and this will flip the table upside down.”
Founded in February 2018, the company launched the alpha release of the product in June and has already signed on Fortune 500 companies in oil and gas, financial services, healthcare industries.
[More on Randori and how they’ll deploy its capital here]
Inside the people, companies and organizations making moves today.
Forbes released its annual 400 yesterday, a definitive list of the wealthiest people in America. 5 Coloradans cracked the rankings…
40: Philip Anschutz ($11.3B): LA Kings Owner & real estate, railroad, entertainment – you name it – entrepreneur.
44: Charles Ergen ($10.8): Co-founder and current Chairman of Dish Network and EchoStar
67: John Malone ($7.5B): Former CEO of TCI
179: James Leprino ($4B): Owns the world’s largest mozzarella cheese maker, supplying Pizza Hut, Domino’s and Papa John’s.
354: Pat Stryker ($2.3B): Philanthropist and political activist; granddaughter of Homer Stryker, founder of medtech giant Stryker Corporation.
Also, for the first time since 1994, a new name sits atop the 400. The list is now topped by Jeff Bezos ($160B), followed by Bill Gates ($97B), Warren Buffet ($88.3B), Mark Zuckerberg ($61B) and Larry Ellison ($58.4B). [More Here]
A couple days after the company revealed that it was expanding operations into Canada, Colorado Springs cybersecurity firm R9B announced today that it has won over $8M in new commercial and government contracts, including developments with an undisclosed Fortune 500 retailer and a leading eCommerce company. [More Here and we have some additional cybersecurity thoughts in the Random section]