Wednesday 04 January 2023

*UKHotViewsExtra* SenseOn to hyperautomate cybersecurity

SenseOnUK HQ’ed Cybersecurity start-up SenseOn is looking to provide organisations with data driven hyper-automated security, helping security teams to reduce the manual effort of dealing with huge volumes of inaccurate alerts and consolidate the number of different security tools they are using. I recently caught up with Dave Atkinson, CEO and founder of SenseOn, and Christian Nagele, Head of Partnerships & Alliances, to get a better understanding of how the company is looking to stand out in a crowded cybersecurity market.

Atkinson started his career serving in the British military, going on to pioneer new cybersecurity techniques in the UK’s special forces, and later at GCHQ and the MoD. He then spent two years as commercial director at Darktrace, before deciding to start SenseOn in 2017. His ambition behind founding the company was to address what he felt was a broken cyber security industry, with traditional tools poorly designed and placing an unnecessary burden on security professionals. Nagele has recently joined the company with an aim to help build out SenseOn’s channel programme, having previously spent 15 years at CentraStage (now Datto), a former TechMarketView Little British Battler (LBB) – See here.

In the five years since its inception SenseOn has grown strongly, with a team of 85 now supporting around 60 customers, including food and beverage manufacturer Yeo Valley, legal firm Harbottle & Lewis and social housing provider bpha. The start-up has raised around $35m, with the largest funding round of $20m (~£15m) in September 2021, led by Eight Road Ventures but also notably including an investment by the National Security Strategic Investment Fund.

The SenseOn platform has been developed from the ground up, and combines broad detection and response capabilities, with AI-based automation. Whilst it is certainly ambitious to enter what is a very crowded security platform market, SenseOn seems to offer a unique proposition, especially for mid-sized organisations. To fuel further expansion, identifying IT service integrators who can benefit from a creating a unique security proposition will be crucial to the firm’s success, enabling the company to build a strong ecosystem of channel partners.

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Posted by Simon Baxter at '15:49' - Tagged: startup   cybersecurity