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watchTowr - the future of Attack Surface Management

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The lowdown on watchTowr, the startup that's on a mission to provide organisations with "continuous cyber security assurance aligned to the capabilities of today’s adversaries."

mika-baumeister-J5yoGZLdpSI-unsplash.The more we as individuals and businesses rely on computers and the internet to store our information, the harder unpleasant people who should get a job try to access and steal our information. This can be bad news on multiple levels, from IP theft, to expensive security upgrades, to fines and legal action due to exposed customer data. 

You can Google ‘data breach’ any given day and almost guarantee that there will be news within the last few days of a high profile business being breached. One possible measure that businesses can take is to hire cybersecurity experts to attack their systems, safely finding the flaws so that they can be fixed - these ethical hackers are called white hats or red teamers.

Singapore-based cybersecurity startup watchTowr are red teamers with extensive experience in discovering the vulnerabilities in business’s systems and helping them with the challenges in securing said systems against attacks. The watchTowr platform automatically and continuously tests clients’ systems to find vulnerabilities in real time. This means that the threats can be dealt with the moment they appear, rather than waiting until it’s too late, as most current cybersecurity would have you do, with assurances every month or even every year. 

6200cc11c32d4e473dfd0af7_Dashboard-p-1080watchTowr gives a complete overview of the entire attack surface - i.e. anything and everything that a hacker could see and get to work trying to get through to find valuable data - ensuring there are no blind spots in your security. It’s not all automated, however - security experts in the startup leverage data and in-house technology to understand, assess, and assure your organisation, looking at it from the point of view of an attacker to ensure no vulnerability is missed.

The startup, led by Forbes’ 30 Under 30 lister Benjamin Harris, announced in July that it had raised $8 million in a pre-Series A funding round led by Prosus Ventures and Vulcan Capital, with return participation from Wavemaker Partners, the last two of which were the startup’s initial investors. This brings watchTowr’s total investment to an impressive $10.25 million in under a year.



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Published on: 10th August 2022

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