Cybersecurity startup Illumio just raised $65 million and hired a CFO
Cybersecurity startup Illumio just raised a major round of funding that will help it take on Cisco and VMware. And on top of that, it just hired a CFO, ahead of its grand vision of going public some day.
On Thursday, Illumio announced the closing of $65 million in Series E funding, in a round led by clients advised by J.P. Morgan Asset Management. In total, it has raised $332.5 million in funding.
Although he did not disclose its valuation, CEO and co-founderAndrew Rubin says it's was "a significant uptick from our series D" in 2017. At that time, Illumio had a valuation of $1.18 billion, according to Pitchbook.
Illumio also announced it hired Anup Singh, who had previously worked as CFO of Anaplan. Illumio declined to comment on the possibility of one day going public, but having a CFO will help it build a sustainable and durable company that will make it possible to, perhaps, have an IPO, says Rubin.
"Whether we have an IPO along or not remains to be seen, but the reason why I joined is to continue to scale the company to the next level," Singh told Business Insider. "The company has a lot of opportunities to grow to a very large company. We have built a world class team. I'm super excited to work alongside the team in continuing to build the company."
Illumio, which started six years ago, has grown to a 330-person global company. With the funding, Illumio plans to expand the company's footprint and market strategy.
Rubin recalls that when he first co-founded the company, the service Illumio provides — a specific type of cybersecurity tech, called segmentation — wasn't very well known. Illumio's brand of segmentation creates virtual "zones" in data centers and the cloud, so that that each applications can be individually isolated and secured.
"In all early markets, it feels like you have to evangelize why something is important," Rubin told Business Insider. "We do not feel that way anymore. The market and customers have come around to the realization that segmentation is no longer something that seems interesting and new."
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