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Sequoia Capital Leads Investment in Bit9 to Expand Leadership in Advanced Threat Protection

Bit9 Will Leverage Sequoia’s Expertise and Use $34.5M from Investors to Extend Product Portfolio and Market Reach

07.30.12 – Waltham, Mass.Bit9, the global leader in Advanced Threat Protection, today announced it recently closed $34.5 million in Series D funding, led by new investment partner Sequoia Capital. Existing investors Atlas Venture, Highland Capital Partners, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, and .406 Ventures also participated in the round. Bit9 will use this capital to fund new product development efforts and expand sales and marketing capabilities to address the market’s growing demand for trust-based endpoint and server security technology.

Traditional security solutions are insufficient to protect organizations from next-generation targeted attacks, known as “advanced persistent threats” (APTs), according to recent research:

  • Flame, the latest publicized APT, evaded all traditional security solutions, including 43 different antivirus, host-based intrusion prevention system (HIPS) and detection/prevention solutions (Iran’s Computer Emergency Response Team)
  • 59 percent of enterprise organizations are certain or fairly certain they’ve been the target of an advanced threat (Enterprise Strategy Group research report: U.S. Advanced Persistent Threat Analysis, November 1, 2011)

Bit9 is the only security company to announce that it successfully stopped the Flame malware and the RSA breach attack—both “zero-day” APT attacks—long before they were identified by traditional/legacy antivirus companies.

“Traditional malware protection systems are well past the peak of their effectiveness. …Malware threats continue to overwhelm traditional defensive techniques.” (Gartner, Endpoint Protection in the Age of Tablets and Cloud, Peter Firstbrook, February 1, 2012)

These attacks can cause dramatic and sometimes irreparable damage to organizations:

  • Median cost of cyber-crime in 2011 for 50 surveyed companies was $5.9 million—up 56 percent from 2010—with the highest being $36.4 million (Ponemon Institute, Second Annual Cost of Cyber Crime Study, August 2011)
  • Major organizations victimized by cyber attacks in 2012 include Zappos, Sony, Hyundai, LinkedIn, eHarmony, Exxon Mobil, American Airlines, United Airlines and Yahoo!
  • At least one company, Diginotar, discontinued operations recently because of the damage to its reputation from a cyber-security breach

Bit9 is leading the global transition to the next generation of security technology—trust-based application control and allowlisting:

  • Gartner recommends organizations use allowlisting “whenever possible” for protecting critical servers from powerful, targeted malware (Gartner, Focus on the How, Not the Who, of Advanced Targeted Threats Like Flame, John Pescatore, May 30, 2012). Gartner also stated that by 2015, more than 50 percent of enterprises will have instituted “default deny” policies that restrict the applications that users install (Gartner, Predicts 2012: Sophisticated Attacks, Complex IT Environments and Increased Risks Demand New Approaches to Infrastructure Protection, Ray Wagner, et al, November 29, 2011)
  • The intelligence agency of the Australia Department of Defence lists application allowlisting among the top four most effective strategies for defending cyber attacks
  • According to market intelligence firm IDC, the endpoint security market is estimated to reach $10.6 billion by 2015

“The market has reached a clear inflection point where organizations of all sizes across all industries need a new approach to cyber security,” said Mickey Arabelovic, partner at Sequoia Capital. “Bit9 has emerged as a market leader with its trust-based security for endpoints and servers, and we’re excited to partner with them as they build an enduring business.”


Patrick Morley, president and CEO of Bit9, said: “This latest round of funding is the largest in the company’s history and underscores the support Bit9 has received from investors who understand the changing nature of the security market. It places a bet squarely on our vision and technology. It’s an exciting time as we are dramatically changing how organizations protect themselves from IP theft and advanced attacks by focusing on a trust-based approach.”

Bit9 has grown 100 percent year-over-year for the past two years. Currently, Bit9 protects more than 700 organizations across industry segments such as education, finance, government, healthcare, retail and utilities from the most sophisticated malware threats.

About Bit9

Bit9, the global leader in Advanced Threat Protection and Endpoint Security, protects the world’s intellectual property (IP) by providing innovative, trust-based security solutions to detect and prevent sophisticated malware and cyber threats. The world’s leading brands rely on Bit9’s award-winning Advanced Threat Protection Platform for endpoint protection and windows server security.

Bit9 stops advanced persistent threats by combining real-time sensors, cloud-based software reputation services, continuous monitoring and trust-based application control and allowlisting—eliminating the risk caused by malicious, illegal and unauthorized software. Bit9 also offers domain controller solutions to protect against modern cyber threats.

The company’s global customers come from a wide variety of industries, including e-commerce, financial services, government, healthcare, retail, technology and utilities. Bit9 was founded on a prestigious United States federal research grant from the National Institute of Standards and Technology – Advanced Technology Program (NIST ATP) to conduct the research that is now at the core of the company’s solutions.

Bit9 is privately held and based in Waltham, Mass. For more information, visit our website, follow us on Twitter, Facebook, Google+, or call +1 617-393-7400.