HackerOne Caps Growth Year With $49 Million Investment
- Fundraising News , Investment
- 28.01.2022 02:00 pm
Success in Securing Enterprise Organizations Against Cyberattacks Attracts Series E Funding and Cements HackerOne As Category Leader
HackerOne, the world’s most trusted hacker-powered security platform, today announced it has raised $49 million dollars in a Series E funding round that hails its position as the category leader. The funding, led by investment firm GP Bullhound, brings total investment to date to nearly $160 million. It follows an eventful year in cybersecurity, culminating in the Log4j vulnerability in December 2021. In the first month of the zero day dropping, 612 hackers submitted 2,175 potential vulnerabilities to HackerOne customers. Customers across the board also saw a 97% increase in reports for misconfigurations in 2021, underscoring how digital transformation and cloud migrations have increased organizations’ risk
There is a growing appetite in traditionally conservative organizations to use ethical hacking solutions to defend these digital attack surfaces. Leading organizations in financial services and government - including the US, UK and Singapore Defense agencies – continue to experience significant growth with a 62% and 89% increase in program adoption respectively. HackerOne has seen a rapid uptick in adoption of HackerOne Assessments: Application Pentest for AWS, launched in August, to address issues in applications deployed on AWS. The company also expanded its Internet Bug Bounty initiative to support vulnerability management in the open source software supply chain, garnering key participants: Elastic, Facebook, Figma, Shopify, and TikTok. HackerOne received recognition for its innovative role in helping organizations improve their cybersecurity programs, being named as a ‘brand that matters’ by Fast Company.
“With Log4j, ransomware, and nation-state attacks, governmental institutions have never been so exposed,” says Marten Mickos, CEO of HackerOne. “As attack surfaces grow, so does the gap between what digital assets organizations own and what they can protect. HackerOne is closing that gap and keeping its customers out of harm’s way in a way that no other mechanism can accomplish. In the past 12 months, we have identified over 17,000 high or critical vulnerabilities for our customers that could otherwise have been gaping holes for adversaries to enter through. To fuel our accelerating growth, we welcome GP Bullhound as our newest investor with their experience in supporting the most significant names in the global technology world.”
Per Roman, Managing Partner at GP Bullhound, said: “HackerOne is revolutionizing the way in which companies reduce their risk of a breach. By leveraging the world’s biggest community of ethical hackers, who have the power and willingness to prevent cyberattacks, and coupling it with their proprietary software, HackerOne is bringing a service to customers that no other vendor can match. GP Bullhound’s investment in this pioneering category leader is our contribution to securing the online world.”
The company plans to use the funding to invest in research and development and expand go-to-market activities. Existing investors, including Benchmark, NEA, Dragoneer Investment Group and Valor Equity Partners, also participated in the round.