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Investors Pour $200 Million Into Compliance Automation Startup Drata

High-flying security compliance and automation startup Drata continues to attract major venture capital investor interest, banking $200 million in Series C funding that values the company north of $2 billion.

The $200 million cash infusion comes less than two years after the San Diego, Calif-based company emerged from stealth with ambitious plans to design and build a platform that offers businesses a fast way to achieve and maintain SOC 2 and ISO 27001 continuous compliance.

Drata has now secured a whopping $228 million and said the new round doubles its so-called unicorn valuation in a one-year span.  Last November, Drata banked $100 million at a heady billion-dollar valuation after showing impressive customer growth.

The Series C was led by existing investors ICONIQ Growth and GGV Capital with participation from Alkeon Capital, Cowboy Ventures, Salesforce Ventures, SentinelOne’s S Ventures, FOG Ventures, and Silicon Valley CISO Investors (SVCI).

[ One year ago: Drata Scores $100M for Compliance Automation Tech ]

The company also named Microsoft chief executive Satya Nadella and Snowflake’s Frank Slootman among a handful of strategic investors.

Drata said it will use the money to beef up research and development (R&D) and add tools and features for startups and auditors to automate mandatory compliance processes.

In a note announcing the new funding, Drata chief executive Adam Markowitz said the company has launched more than 14 frameworks — from PCI DSS to GDPR and NIST 800-153 — over the last year and expanded the product with multiple language translations.

“We founded Drata during the pandemic and we immediately started seeing increased demand for our product. In less than 100 days, word was spreading, and we had 100 customers automating SOC 2 compliance with us,” Markowitz added.

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Investors Pour 0 Million Into Compliance Automation Startup Drata

Investors Pour 0 Million Into Compliance Automation Startup Drata
Investors Pour 0 Million Into Compliance Automation Startup Drata

Ryan Naraine is Editor-at-Large at SecurityWeek and host of the popular Security Conversations podcast series.
Ryan is a veteran cybersecurity strategist who has built security engagement programs at major global brands, including Intel Corp., Bishop Fox and GReAT. He is a co-founder of Threatpost and the global SAS conference series. Ryan’s past career as a security journalist included bylines at major technology publications including Ziff Davis eWEEK, CBS Interactive’s ZDNet, PCMag and PC World.
Ryan is a director of the Security Tinkerers non-profit, an advisor to early-stage entrepreneurs, and a regular speaker at security conferences around the world.
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