Slack Co-Founder Among Amplifier Security Backers in $3.3M Pre-Seed Funding Round

Amplifier uses a self-healing approach that transforms how employees interact with corporate security tools without hindering productivity.

Slack Co-Founder Among Amplifier Security Backers in $3.3M Pre-Seed Funding Round

Amplifier founders Shreyas Sadalgi and Thomas Donnelly (Photo courtesy of Amplifier Security)

ATLANTA – Amplifier Security recently launched from stealth with a $3.3 million investment and an artificial intelligence-powered human-in-the-loop automation and security co-pilot that “connects the dots between an organization’s existing security stack and their people.”

The pre-seed funding round was led by Cota Capital, with participation from WestWave Capital and Shift Left Ventures, and included angel investments from industry luminaries and the founders of Slack, MobileIron, Centrify, PeopleNet, Skyflow and Mercury.

The Amplifier Security solution “extends the value and effectiveness of existing security tools by empowering the entire company to work together towards a much faster response time that dramatically increases the security health and culture of an organization,” according to the company announcement.

Amplifier “provides an engagement layer between existing security tools and the workforce through Ampy – which acts as an AI security buddy who helps employees understand the risk they are creating for the organization and solves their security issues while balancing their productivity,” the announcement says.

Building on the experiences people are used to, for example with credit card companies verifying suspicious transactions, Ampy engages with employees, guiding them through security protocols based on real-time insights.

Why Slack Co-Founder Invested in Amplifier Security

Amplifier enhances the compliance of existing deployed tools like identity security, MFA, endpoint security, vulnerability scanning and management, SaaS and cloud security, SIEM and security training; and makes adaptive human protection a reality for organizations.

The platform delivers the following capabilities and benefits:

  • Security Data Fabric that creates a real-time security knowledge graph with data parsed and mapped across a company’s best of breed security stack. This creates a single source of truth for each employee across security tools which is otherwise hard to build and triangulate across multiple sources.
  • Enforcement of 100% security tooling coverage across every employee and their endpoints through user-centric visualization of posture and usage in every security tool. The lack of tracking real-time tooling coverage causes anxiety for security teams as it only takes one tooling gap to turn into a breach.
  • AI Security Buddy with personalized engagements that help employees triage alerts and self-heal security issues with context and actionable information. Omni-channel conversational engagements meet employees where they already work such as Slack, Chrome, Email or Teams.
  • Security Hub that contextualizes and prioritizes security risks and vulnerabilities to help organizations translate the findings into actionable remediation engagements.
  • Engagement Studio that transcends no-code workflows, where security teams can design and manage end-user engagements through intuitive generative AI prompts. This offloads countless hours of manual work to correlate data in spreadsheets, chasing down employees to triage alerts, getting users to maintain their security hygiene, and resolves security issues at record speed.
  • Helps every CISO, their security teams, departmental leaders and individuals understand their security posture through intuitive personalized health scores and dashboards. Using natural language queries, they can research security findings across all their tools by severity, issue type, user role and activity to identify compounded risk for individuals.

Amplifier Security was founded by CEO Shreyas Sadalgi and president and chief technology officer Thomas Donnelly, who both have two decades of experience in enterprise security, IT and automation.

Donnelly is a three-time chief information security officer and chief information officer with more than a decade of experience leveraging human-centric approaches and technology that transformed security in organizations.

“There is a massive gap in the market that is preventing security practitioners from being successful,” says Sadalgi in the announcement. “Most security tools aren’t built to engage users, as they’re always meant to work in the background.

“Amplifier flips the script by engaging employees on behalf of all security tools in a more human-friendly way, where every end-user interaction is a two-way conversation with the right tonality, context, empathy and actionable information based on the security finding and the user role,” he says.

Amplifier’s mission “is to shift the cybersecurity focus to include both technology and the people who use it, creating a balanced and more secure environment for businesses,” says Sadalgi.

Amplifier has been engaged with security teams at more than 15 companies as its design partners; many who have been using its product in private betas and seeing daily value — hours saved every week toiling in spreadsheets, quick identification of tooling gaps in their environments, and the ability to self-heal common security issues.

“The way we operated our corporate security engineering program closely aligns with the design principles at the core of Amplifier Security’s vision,” says Cal Henderson, co-founder of Slack. “I’m a firm believer that engaging the workforce for security automation with a productivity platform like Slack is the only modern way to solve today’s dynamic cybersecurity threat landscape.”

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