Open Source OSSIM Vendor AlienVault Rolls in $22.4 Million in New Funding
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AlienVault announced this week that it raised $22.4 million in a Series C funding round led by venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins. To date, AlienVault has raised a total of $34 million in three rounds of funding. While AlienVault is a relatively new company, its leadership has plenty of experience in the security space.
AlienVault CEO Barmak Meftah was one of the first employees of code security vendor Fortify Software, where he held multiple roles including Chief Products Officer. Fortify was acquired by HP in August of 2010.
In an interview with InternetNews, Meftah said that he was at HP for a year and a half before leaving to join AlienVault. He says he made the move because of the opportunity that AlienVault represents to the security market.
"AlienVault has taken all the necessary point security solutions -- ranging from intrusion detection to vulnerability assessment, network management, and SIEM log management -- and put it all in one form factor," Meftah said. "We go to market with a pre-integrated solution."
AlienVault's OSSIM project is freely available and licensed under the GPLv3 open source license. The company also dual-licenses the technology, which is where the commercial Unified Security Management platform comes into play.
"You can download the open source version and you'll experience all the features that the commercial version has as well," Meftah said. "The only features that we kept just for the commercial version are features that are pertinent to enterprise scale."