Enterprise IoT-security company Armis launched from stealth with $17 million in funding from Sequoia Capital and Tenaya Capital. Armis claims to be the only technology platform that lets enterprises see and control compromised and unmanaged devices and rogue networks accessing their systems, effectively eliminating the IoT security blind spot that exists in all businesses today.
Armis provides an agentless IoT-security platform that gives enterprises a complete view into activity and threats on devices and networks. It integrates with existing IT infrastructure and gives businesses visibility into and management over any device, whether on or off the corporate network. Enterprises are able to gain the productivity benefits of using IoT devices without sacrificing security, according to Armis.
“Enterprise security has a huge blind spot,” said Yevgeny Dibrov, CEO and co-founder of Armis. “The recent botnet attacks like Mirai, Hajime, and Persirai show how new IoT devices are being exploited and attacked. The fact is you cannot put an agent on most of the devices in an organization today, which means we need a new approach. We built Armis to give enterprises complete visibility into all devices in their environment without requiring an agent. We can stop devices from compromising corporate assets, regardless of whether those devices are managed by IT.”
“My job is to stay ahead of the bad guys—especially when it comes to IoT. Armis allows me to see and control every device using any networking protocol, as well as all the networks in and around our labs. The fact that Armis can block unwanted connections is critical to our security strategy,” said Steven Lentz, chief security officer at Samsung Research America.
Armis will take a channel-first approach to its sales strategy, with early partners in JCS and RedSky. “JCS has long recognized that IoT devices bring a new security frontier that needs to be addressed," said Jim Shaeffer, JCS & Associates, Inc., CEO. "We have partnered with Armis to help our customers leverage the promise of the future while keeping their devices and systems safe from the new attacks like Mirai.”