Former NSA agent hacking company infused with $7.5 mln in series A round

By Staff Writer

Apr 24, 2014 10:57 AM EDT

California-based Synack, a crowdsourced platform for hacking into customers' security holes, raises $7.5 million for a series A funding round.

Synack offers clients a connection into a worldwide network of security specialists called "white-hat hackers." These hackers, some former NSA employees, are offered financial incentives to pinpoint vulnerabilities within a controlled environment.

Kaplan, Synack's CEO and a co-founder explains "The fact that we can't find something doesn't mean our researchers aren't working." He continued "And we haven't really seen a case where [vulnerability] submissions start dropping off."

Investors include Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Google Ventures, Allegis Capital, and Derek Smith.

The Menlo Park, California-based company currently staffs 15 people with 'hundreds' of independent researchers. New funds will be used to employ more people.

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Catching bugs never looked this cool: Synack raises $7.5M

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