|By Maureen O'Gara||
|December 5, 2012 07:30 AM EST||
CipherCloud, the cloud data protection outfit, has gotten a sweet $30 million round from existing backer Andreessen Horowitz.
It plans to use the money to accelerate its global go-to-market strategy with expanded sales and marketing and to develop its cloud information protection some more.
John Jack (pictured below), an Andreessen Horowitz partner and former CEO of Fortify Software, will join its board.
CipherCloud says it’s the first significant venture investment since its founding in 2010. It got $1.4 million in seed funding from Andreessen, Index Ventures and T-Venture, the venture capital arm of Deutsche Telekom.
CipherCloud claims to be protecting 1.2 million cloud application users and 100 million customer records for more than 40 enterprise clients across eight countries. They include top firms in banking, insurance, healthcare and technology, as well as government agencies.
Security is generally recognized as the primary reason stopping organizations from adopting cloud applications.
Jack says, “CipherCloud is moving up one of the fastest enterprise adoption curves I have ever seen.”
It uses cloud encryption and tokenization gateways that are supposed to ensure data privacy, residency, security and regulatory compliance and secures sensitive information in real-time before it’s sent to the cloud, with no change to the cloud application or degraded performance.
It supports Salesforce, Force.com, Chatter, Google Gmail, Microsoft Office 365, Amazon AWS as well as third-party cloud and private cloud apps and databases.
Gartner estimates the cloud market will double by 2016 to $206 billion and that 25% of enterprises will use cloud information protection technology like CipherCloud’s.
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