Irish-led Sonrai Security expands into Europe, with Asia next in its sightsLeigh Mc Gowranon April 28, 2022 at 12:00 Silicon RepublicSilicon Republic


New York start-up Sonrai Security has announced plans to expand into both Europe and the Asia-Pacific region, to provide its cloud security platform to a broader range of enterprises around the globe.

The cloud security company is launching its first European office in London, led by its regional sales director EMEA Danny Adamson. The start-up also plans to expand into Singapore later this year.

“The future of technology is in the cloud,” Adamson said. “I’m excited to lead Sonrai’s efforts in Europe as more companies recognise the need to rethink how they secure cloud data and with our new expanded platform, Sonrai is delivering the right solution at the right time and place.”

Sonrai’s expansion plans are being funded by its $50 million Series C funding round that closed last October, led by cyber risk management company Istari with participation from Menlo Ventures, founding investor Polaris Partners, Ten Eleven Ventures and the New Brunswick Fund.

This round closed almost exactly a year after its Series B funding round in October 2020, which saw the company raise $20m led by Menlo Ventures with participation Polaris Partners and Series A lead investor Ten Eleven Ventures. These two funding rounds brought the total funding raised by the company to $88m.

Sonrai was founded in 2017 by Irishman Brendan Hannigan and his business partner Sandy Bird.

Hannigan previously founded security intelligence software company Q1 Labs and led it until it was acquired by IBM, where he was appointed head of the security division. He is now CEO of Sonrai Security.

“Organisations understand the importance of securing the cloud using cloud-native technologies and not old-school approaches and first-generation cloud security posture management tools have left many companies unprotected against escalating cyberthreats,” Hannigan said.

“To serve growing demand from customers in Europe and Asia, we are expanding our footprint internationally,” Hannigan added.

Sonrai Dig, the company’s identity and data governance platform, automatically uncovers identity, data and cloud platform risks. It also continuously monitors to ensure new risks and unusual activity are quickly identified.

Hannigan is an experienced tech leader who is originally from Ireland but is now based in New York. Last year, he told that the way in which technology value is created has changed, but the way in which it is secured has not been reimagined.

“The old ways of perimeters, firewalls and people-dominated security operations centres fail in the new world,” he said. “Sonrai Security has developed a security service for the new world – one which is optimised for the cloud, focused on identity and data, and that delivers automation for cloud and security teams.

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