Area 1 Security Takes Aim at Social Engineering Threats

Security startup Area 1 Security today announced that it has raised $8 million in a Series A funding round led by Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers. In total, Area 1 has now raised $10.5 million in funding as the company aims to build out a new type of technology to help organizations defend themselves against social engineering attacks.

“We look at all attacks as campaigns, and social engineering is typically the first phase or the first area for attack,” Area 1 Security’s CEO Oren Falkowitz told eWEEK. “We are focused on that first area of attack, getting good visibility and helping to prevent attack escalation.”

Falkowitz is no stranger to the world of security, previously having spent six years working at the National Security Agency (NSA), working in part in the office of Tailored Access Operations (TAO). While at the NSA, Falkowitz helped develop the open-source Accumulo database, which is a data storage technology for Hadoop big data.

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