The security startup Jask launched today with $12 million in Series A funding, led by Dell Technologies Capital. The company uses artificial intelligence (AI) to monitor and secure networks.
Battery Ventures, which led the firm’s $2.5 million seed funding round, also contributed to the series A round. This brings the startup’s total funding to $14.5 million.
The company plans to use the money to expand its data science and machine learning teams, accelerate product development, and focus on machine learning and AI research.
Security veterans Greg Martin and Damian Miller started the San Francisco-based company. The two worked together at ArcSight before HPE bought the security software vendor for $1.5 billion in 2010. Martin also founded security company ThreatStream, which rebranded as Anomali last year.
Their new venture focuses on predictive security. It aims to automate threat analytics in the enterprise security operations center.
The company has five paying customers, including one Fortune 100 financial institution, a government contractor, and a telecom company, Martin said.
Trident Security Platform
“Jask is built around how do we take the latest technology and apply it to security operations, similar to ArcSight but now around machine learning and AI, to become a force multiplier in the security realm and get out of this game of analyzing every threat with a person,” Martin said.
The company will release its security platform, called Trident, at Black Hat USA 2017 in July.
The platform focuses on discovery, investigation, and incident response. “We’re not doing any automated or counter-mitigation measures at this time, but we do see this in our future,” Martin said.
The company deploys its own software sensors that collect log and network data in both hybrid cloud and on-premises environments. Merging log and network data “gives users more flexibility to do really complex analytics because now they have the data all in the same bucket,” Martin explained.
It eventually will expand to endpoint security, but those partnerships are still a ways off.
The platform is open in that it integrates with software and hardware from other vendors.
Jask Technology Partners
In addition to AWS, the startup’s technology partners include Cloudera and Gigamon. Trident uses Gigamon’s network tap product. It’s a Cloudera Technology Certified Application and uses Cloudera CDH, an open source distribution of Apache Hadoop. Jask can also support Cloudera’s enterprise Hadoop platform in the cloud through the partnership.
Through its partnership with AWS, Jask offers its product via AWS’ marketplace.
“We are deployed in a single tenant architecture, that’s a key differentiator,” Martin said. “None of our customers are sharing infrastructure, and they can get access to their data through our REST APIs.” Future releases will make customers’ own data available through Amazon S3, Amazon’s public cloud object storage, as well.
This is important because it “democratizes the data” for customers, Martin said. “Rather than hold their security data hostage, JASK embraces an open ecosystem where many different apps and tools can be used to analyze the customers’ data,” he explained.