Andreessen Horowitz, Greylock And Norwest Back Stealthy Cyber Security Startup Founded By NSA Engineers, Morta

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Stealthy cyber security startup Morta Security is announcing seed funding from Andreessen Horowitz, Greylock Partners, Norwest Venture Partners, Data Collective, Larry Link, and Peter Wagner. While the company did not disclose the amount raised, we hear from sources it is over $1 million.

While we don’t yet have in-depth details on Morta Security’s product, we do know that the company is developing a new technology to counter advanced cyber threats. The startup is based on the premise that traditional layered network defense is broken and their offering will actually be able to fend off advanced attackers from complex hacks and more.

Raj Shah, CEO of Morta Security, explained to us that as cyber criminals gain increased sophistication in their attacks, enterprises are searching for ways to improve their defenses and combat advanced malware. Morta has an “unconventional approach to security” because the core team has expertise from playing “critical roles in cyber defense at places such as the National Security Agency and US Military.”

Shah adds that the founding team is mixing innovation with military-grade technology to solve the world’s toughest network security challenges.

“Sophisticated cyber threats are a significant and growing concern for both commercial and government organizations,” said Asheem Chandna of Greylock Partners in a release. “Morta is focused on developing a new category of innovative technology solutions that can help customers better defend themselves from cyber threats.”

Morta has identified a real problem that both governments and companies face—cyber attacks. Just last week, The New York Times and Wall Street Journal revealed that both were the victims of cyber security breaches by Chinese hackers. There are a number of startups, including Bit9, that are trying to disrupt the space, but it should be interesting to see what Morta can do differently with its talent expertise. Stay tuned.