NeuVector, a San Jose, Calif.-based developer of container security technology, today announced that it has raised $7 million in Series A funding led by Hummer Winblad Venture Partners.
Launched in January 2017 by tech industry veterans from Fortinet, VMware, and Trend Micro, NeuVector, offers a ‘container firewall’ that provides application-layer segmentation to isolate container traffic, to help detect and block suspicious connections within the container environment.
“As more enterprises turn to containers for deploying business-critical applications, the need to inspect and secure all internal traffic within these container environments has become increasingly clear,” the company explained. “Data breaches and zero-day attacks are becoming more common and dangerous – and containers are not immune.”
The NeuVector solution is a container itself and provides runtime vulnerability scanning across all running containers and hosts, and provides threat detection designed to mitigate DDoS, DNS, and other types of attacks. NeuVector also says that its offering leverages behavioral learning to automatically recognize and whitelist normal behavior, applying zero-configuration security policies that safeguard container traffic.
“Enterprises are increasingly tapping into the power of containers for application deployment – and the bad guys have taken notice,” said Fei Huang, CEO, NeuVector.
NeuVector joins several other startups looking to tap the container security market.
In September, Tel Aviv, Israel-based container security startup Aqua Security announced that it had raised $25 million in Series B funding, bringing the total amount raised by the company to $38.5 million.
In July, StackRox emerged from stealth mode armed with $14 million in funding to take its adaptive security platform for containers to market.
Container-focused security firm Twistlock has raised more than $30 million in funding over multiple rounds.
In June, cloud-based security and compliance solutions provider Qualys launched a product designed for securing containers across cloud and on-premises deployments.
According to a 2015 survey of 272 IT decision makers in North America conducted by Twistlock, 91 percent of the respondents said they were concerned about the security of containers.