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qomodo raises £1.3M for advanced IoT cybersecurity solutions | #hacking | #cybersecurity | #infosec | #comptia | #pentest | #ransomware


IoT cybersecurity company qomodo has raised a £1.3 million Pre-Seed funding.

Founded by a team of ex-BAE Systems and NATO cyber security experts who participated in a Techstars 2023 cohort, qomodo has pioneered the development of the most advanced system for extended Internet of Things (XIoT) cybersecurity, focused on the detection and prevention of threats at the host level within embedded systems. 

XIoT encompasses devices that connect physical systems to the internet, extending beyond traditional servers and laptops.

Nation-states like Russia, China and North Korea are actively engaged in sophisticated cyber operations targeting critical infrastructure across the globe. These often leverage vulnerabilities in extended IoT environments, exemplified by high-profile cyber-attacks such as the NotPetya incident, which caused over £950 million in damages globally.

With increasing reliance on IoT technologies in sectors vital for national security and economic stability, nation-state actors and cybercriminals are aiming to exploit the rapid technological integration and existing security gaps within the IoT.

qomodo’s advanced IoT observability and threat prevention software agents are designed to counter these threats by integrating machine learning tech to proactively detect and block intrusions, thereby safeguarding critical infrastructure without impacting system performance on the host IoT device. 

qomodo is able to ‘see’ into what were once ‘black box’ devices, and profile their behaviour and vulnerabilities.

Toby Wilmington, CEO, qomodo commented: 

“The acceleration in the adoption of IoT devices, coupled with insufficient security measures, is creating huge risk. There has been a 400 per cent increase in malware targeting IoT, and attacks are costing the UK alone £1 billion a year.

Our intelligence-led approach and robust, resource-efficient software agents are essential weapons in ensuring the security and resilience of IoT ecosystems against the backdrop of international cyber warfare.”

Expeditions Fund led the funding with participation from Amadeus Capital Partners, Auriga Cyber Ventures, Nio Advisors, McNally Capital, Ventures Together and previous investor, Techstars.

Miko Firlej, Founding Partner, Expeditions Fund, said: 

“The founding team has not only an excellent pedigree from companies like Recorded Future, BAE, and Leonardo but they are also IoT domain experts and know each other well.

 We believe that the company has built a differentiated product by offering an embedded software agent tailored specifically for the manufacturers of IoT devices coupled with the honeypot network, which allows it to expand intelligence data related to IoT hacking attempts.”

James Baker, Investment Manager, Amadeus Capital Partners, added:

“Organisations’ cyber-physical systems now extend across all operations, from industrial, transport, energy, healthcare to enterprise environments, and governments are regulating to increase protection, such as the UK’s Product Security and Telecommunications Infrastructure (PSTI) regime.

 We are pleased to be backing qomodo’s first-of-its-kind threat prevention system for these increasingly complex but essential systems to modern life.”

The capital raised in this round will enable qomodo to further enhance its platform-agnostic software agents and support the company’s outreach in Europe and the US, enabling direct engagement with customers and helping to refine the product’s market fit.

Lead image: qomodo. Photo: uncredited. 

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