Zilla Security automates identity access and governance in an organization – TechCrunch

Identity is an important part of any security strategy, helping to control access to applications and services in an enterprise. This sometimes involves a person, and sometimes a machine, which adds complexity and requires a more automated approach to identity management. Zilla Security, a Boston-based startup, believes it has found a solution to meet these more modern identity requirements.

Today, the company announced a Series A investment of $13.5 million.

The company’s CEO and co-founder, Deepak Taneja, says his company believes identity has become the fundamental building block of any security stack, and he says it requires a new approach to protecting it.

“There’s been a bunch of companies over the last decade that have focused on authenticating identities and making sure you’re building trust in the right identities,” Taneja told TechCrunch. “The next frontier is exactly what those trusted identities have access to. And that’s what Zilla is focused on. Whether those trusted identities are people, machines, or APIs, we make sure the right identities have the right access, which has become absolutely essential,” he said.

According to him, if you want to have a more granular approach to permissions, it requires going beyond the per-directory approach, the traditional approach to identity management. “We offer a complete solution. So while on the one hand people in the enterprise can look at their own applications, their own solutions, from an organizational security perspective people can get a completely unified view of who has access to what across SaaS, through infrastructure, through prem solutions, at a very granular level of detail.

Zilla Security app view showing access reviews

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He points out that it requires a level of automation and intelligence to be successful as there are many configuration options, often based on access level. By automating all of this, the startup is helping ensure customers are safe before there’s a problem, at least where possible.

Taneja, who has worked in the security industry for more than 30 years, launched the startup in 2019. The company took a while to build the app and landed its first client last April. Today, 60 customers use the solution.

He says the product should perform well no matter what happens in the short-term economy. “I think what works in our favor is the fact that while we provide security value, added governance value, we also provide compliance and operational efficiency value and so we save money. business money,” he said.

The company has 35 employees and is currently recruiting. It hopes to double in size next year. Taneja says her experience as a leader helps her build a diverse workforce. “During my career, I’ve discovered that the more diversity you can bring to the business, the more ideas you get, the richer your journey, and the better your solution. So we have a very inclusive culture. He said part of that is because many employees are remote and he can hire from anywhere.

Today’s $13.5 million investment was led by Tola Capital and FirstMark Capital with assistance from Pillar VC.

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