Microservices Firewall Innovator Alcide Raises $7 Million to Expand in US, EMEA

Alcide, a company providing its Microservices Firewall that enables application-aware security controls for cloud infrastructure, workloads and external service mesh against different attack scenarios, has raised $7 million in Series A funding from new investor CE Ventures alongside existing investors Intel Capital and Elron.

The new funding, announced only seven months after the Alcide cloud-native security platform’s general availability and the company’s selection as a Gartner Cool Vendor, will be used to support a go-to-market strategy for Alcide and a significant expansion into the US and EMEA markets.

“We built Alcide as a security solution that can enforce unique app-based security policies across all services, uniformly and automatically, but can also address the real need of security and DevOps teams to have one consolidated and comprehensive approach that includes the network, applications and external services,” said Ranny Nachmias, CEO and co-founder of Alcide. “We’re excited to use this funding to bring our Microservices Firewall to new markets and expand our sales and marketing teams, on the leading edge of the cloud-security revolution.”

Alcide has already expanded its presence into the U.S. and EMEA markets, with new hires and channels that will support its business development.

Machine Learning

The Alcide Microservices Firewall brings “best-of-breed” application-aware microsegmentation and “always-on” threat intelligence, powered by Alcide’s embedded policies enforcement capabilities.

This machine-learning-driven firewall provide by Alcide supports developers and security teams with a unified, automated and simple way to manage cross-cloud security – empowering them to define, apply and enforce embedded security policies across clouds for continuous governance, risk and trust assessment.

“We are excited to support the Alcide team as they address the current market need for a new kind of a cloud firewall,” said Ben Weiss, partner at CE Ventures. “Alcide’s Microservices Firewall provides discovery of infrastructure and application dependencies, as well as difficult-to-obtain enforcement of unified security controls, wrapped up in a simplified security platform.”

Whitelist Security Requirements

With Alcide embedded firewall policies deployed, developers are now able to whitelist their security requirements at design time and automatically enforce them at runtime.

“As cloud adoption continues to grow rapidly, businesses are faced with new security blind spots inherent in distributed environments,” said Anthony Lin, Intel Capital vice president and managing director of Intel Capital International. “Alcide’s unified security solution helps to address these risks by enabling businesses to uniformly secure and control their environments – regardless of their cloud provider, workload or third-party services.”