Venture Capital

Dazz Dazzles With $60 Million Raised

PALO ALTO — Dazz, a cloud security remediation company, has closed on a new round of funding and that it has raised a total of $60 million to date. The company will expand its engineering team and build a go-to-market organization in the United States with offices in Palo Alto and New York.

Venture capital firms participating in the funding round include Insight Partners (Steve Ward), Greylock (Asheem Chandna and Sarah Guo), Index Ventures (Shardul Shah), and Cyberstarts (Gili Raanan).

Dazz’s technology addresses the urgent security need created by the rapid adoption of cloud computing, which has been accelerated by the pandemic, and which McKinsey predicts will grow six times the speed of IT spending. While cloud and application security tools today alert on issues like code flaws and infrastructure misconfigurations, Dazz takes aim at the long-ignored and painful remediation process. The company’s automated solution cuts customers’ alert queues, vastly reduces the mean time to remediate issues, and eases tension between security and engineering teams.

“Our vision is to solve a critical set of problems while improving the effectiveness of collaboration between security teams and their business partners,” said founder and CEO Merav Bahat. “To do that, even before writing a single line of code, our team worked closely with customers, and we continue to listen and understand their concerns and pains.”

Bahat served as the General Manager of the Cloud Security Business for Microsoft, and was also the Deputy CEO of Microsoft Israel R&D.  She co-founded the company with CTO, Tomer Schwartz and VP R&D, Yuval Ofir, who are acclaimed cybersecurity leaders with decades of combined experience solving cloud and cybersecurity challenges across global enterprises.

Schwartz, co-founded IoT security leader Armis, was head of research at Adallom, and founded the Microsoft Security Response Center in Israel. Ofir, headed R&D at industrial cybersecurity leader Claroty and was a leader in the prestigious Israeli Defense Forces intelligence unit 8200.

Dazz has 30 employees — among the top engineering talent in Israel — and plans to use the new funds to expand the team to 50.  It also plans to use the funds to build a go-to-market and operations organization of similar size, including sales, marketing, customer success and operations in the United States, targeting Fortune 500 and fast growing tech companies.

“Enterprises are accelerating their move to the cloud,” said Asheem Chandna, Partner at Greylock. “Dazz bridges the gap between developers and production, helping teams rapidly remediate and resolve cloud security issues.”