Leading SASE Cloud Security Provider iboss Raises $145 Million to Support Company’s Rapid Growth in $25B Expanding Market

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Growth Financing Led by NightDragon & Francisco Partners

Cloud-Native SaaS Platform Enables Users to Work From Anywhere, Through Any Cloud Application With Direct, Fast & Secure Connections

“As the traditional enterprise perimeter dissolves, security solutions need to enable safe access to apps and services anytime, anywhere. iboss’ cloud-first solution was designed to address this transformational infrastructure shift.”

iboss, the leader in cloud delivered network security, announces it has raised $145 million in new funding. The financing will be used to support the company’s rapid growth as organizations increasingly recognize iboss as the leading provider of cutting-edge network security through the cloud.

The new funding comes as the COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated the ongoing shift to cloud-based cybersecurity providers. As organizations of all sizes continue to rely more on distributed and dispersed workforces, they need cybersecurity solutions that follow the user — regardless of where they are located or what device they are using — with the same security procedures and protection that they would have in the office. The unique, cloud-native iboss platform constantly defends organizations from cyberattacks by screening and securing all internet traffic in the cloud, regardless of device or location.

“COVID-19 has exposed massive vulnerabilities with outdated, hardware-based cybersecurity solutions and accelerated the timeline of moving away from the old method of securing physical office perimeters,” said iboss CEO Paul Martini. “Implementing modern architecture that provides network security in the cloud is the best way to ensure safety and productivity, even as remote workers rely more and more on fast connections for things like video meetings and online productivity apps.”

iboss seamlessly enables a consolidation of networking and cutting-edge security into a Secure Access Service Edge (SASE) model that operates and provides cybersecurity protection in the cloud. As dispersed workforces increasingly connect to cloud applications such as Microsoft Office 365, Zoom and others, iboss provides infinite scalability while ensuring fast, secure and compliant connections. The iboss platform directly connects users to offices as well as cloud applications, eliminating the need to route internet traffic through centralized, on-premise appliances.

By delivering network security as a service via the cloud, iboss eliminates the need for expensive, hardware-based security and legacy infrastructure, which improves productivity, end-user experience and business outcomes for organizations leveraging cloud applications. The company’s proprietary architecture is built for the cloud from the ground up, allowing organizations to migrate security features and policies — such as web gateway proxies, network firewalls and Zero Trust Network Access — directly to the cloud.

“iboss has created the largest, most modern and comprehensive SASE security platform on the market and is the only platform that can fully transition organizations from on-prem security appliances to SaaS security delivered in the cloud,” said Dave DeWalt, Founder of NightDragon and Co-Chairman of iboss. “What makes this stronger is that iboss is an open security platform that allows organizations to apply the security engines and log analytics platforms of their choosing compared to existing closed SASE solutions that lack this flexibility and restrict better security due to lack of collaboration with top cybersecurity intelligence vendors.”

“We are thrilled to partner with iboss and participate in this growth financing,” said Scott Eisenberg, Head of Credit at Francisco Partners. “As the traditional enterprise perimeter dissolves, security solutions need to enable safe access to apps and services anytime, anywhere. iboss’ cloud-first solution was designed to address this transformational infrastructure shift.”

An open platform means that by leveraging iboss as the secure connectivity foundation for an organization, it allows flexibility in choice for malware engines, malware feeds, threat intelligence and log analytics solutions by allowing them to easily connect through the iboss SASE service. This results in more collaboration between the leading cybersecurity and technology vendors resulting in better protection and efficacy while giving organizations choice and flexibility as they transition into the cloud era.

Momentum Cyber served as exclusive financial advisor and Goodwin Procter LLP served as legal counsel to iboss for this financing. Francisco Partners was advised by Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP as its legal counsel.

About iboss, Inc.
iboss is a cloud security company that provides organizations and their employees fast and secure access to the Internet on any device, from any location, in the cloud. The iboss cloud platform provides network security as a service, delivered in the cloud, as a complete SaaS offering. This eliminates the need for traditional network security appliances, such as firewalls and web gateway proxies, which are ineffective at protecting a cloud-first and mobile world. Leveraging a purpose-built cloud architecture backed by over 190 issued and pending patents and more than 100 points of presence globally, iboss protects more than 4,000 organizations worldwide, including a large number of Fortune 50 companies. To learn more, visit https://www.iboss.com/.

About NightDragon
NightDragon is an investment firm focused on investing in growth and late-stage companies within the cybersecurity, safety, security, and privacy industry. Its flexible model allows it to lead or co-invest alongside leading venture capital and private equity firms in the pursuit of driving growth and increasing shareholder value. NightDragon is unique in providing deep operational expertise in cybersecurity gained by its founders Dave DeWalt and Ken Gonzalez from years serving as senior executives leading technology companies such as Documentum, EMC, Siebel Systems (Oracle), McAfee, Mandiant, Avast, and FireEye.

About Francisco Partners
Francisco Partners is a leading global investment firm that specializes in partnering with technology and technology-enabled businesses. Since its launch 20 years ago, Francisco Partners has raised over $24 billion in committed capital and invested in more than 300 technology companies, making it one of the most active and longstanding investors in the technology industry. The firm invests in opportunities where its deep sectoral knowledge and operational expertise can help companies realize their full potential. For more information on Francisco Partners, please visit http://www.franciscopartners.com.

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