Start-up Sonrai Security comes out of the gate with $18.5 million in funding and big plans for securing public and hybrid cloud environments
Two former IBM security leaders are setting their sights on a new venture that promises to deliver consolidated data and identity control across all cloud accounts and within any data store.
Brendan Hannigan and Sandy Bird this week launched New York-based Sonrai Security and unveiled the company’s flagship Cloud Data Control offering. Bird, a co-founder of Q1 Labs, and former Q1 CEO Hannigan also announced $18.5 million in Series A funding.
The Lowdown: The new Cloud Data Control from Sonrai (pronounced SON-ree, Gaelic for “data”) is a native cloud service that that can track data and users across any major cloud service as well as to third-party data sources like MongoDB, Cassandra, MySQL, and more. Cloud Data Control provides a common interface designed to give both SecOps and DevOps teams more granular and extensible controls than current hybrid-cloud security platforms.
The Details: Sonrai’s Cloud Data Control brings together cloud data and identity for consolidated controls on discovery, classification, mapping, and automation. According to officials, the three-pronged service is designed to drive:
Data Security – CDC lets organizations assess and reduce risk, monitor usage and movement, and enforce accountability on critical assets.
Compliance – The service audits data movement and ensures data sovereignty, including flagging violations and assessing compliance with mandates such as GDPR, HIPAA, PCI, etc.
Coordinated DevOps – CDC serves up analytics and views across hundreds of AWS/Google accounts and Azure subscriptions, as well as associated data stores. DevOps teams can leverage APIs to integrate CDC into development frameworks to ensure conformity to security standards without reducing speed or agility.
Background: Hannigan and Bird, the brains behind Q1 Labs’ well-known security intelligence platform QRadar, came to IBM when Big Blue bought Q1 in 2011. Hannigan went on to lead IBM Security as its general manager through 2015, while Bird served as the unit’s CTO until 2017.
The Buzz: “The Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts [uses] multiple cloud services and needs to be confident in the protection of our creative intellectual property,” said Lincoln Center CTO Robert Tarleton. “But security is more science than art, and our main focus and resources need to be on the arts community. Services such as Sonrai’s give us remarkable visibility and control, while easing the burden on our staff.”
“Cloud adoption affords us a unique opportunity to re-imagine how we secure corporate data, and to make a clean break from the limitations of device, data center, and perimeter-centric security,” said Sonrai’s Hannigan. “By putting data and identity at the center of a security model that spans cloud providers and third-party data stores, Sonrai Security offers a level of control and security never possible in a traditional enterprise network.”