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District Security automates identity access and governance across an enterprise – Technology Flow

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Identity is a big part of any security strategy, helping to control access to applications and services across the company. Sometimes it involves a person and sometimes a machine, which adds to the complexity and requires a more automated approach to identity management. Zilla Security, a Boston-based startup, believes it has come up with a solution to meet these modern identity needs.

Today the company announced a $13.5 million Series A investment.

Deepak Taneja, the company’s CEO and co-founder, said his company believes identity has become a cornerstone of any security stock, and a new approach is needed to protect it.

“There have been a lot of companies over the last decade that have focused on authenticating identities and making sure you’re building trust on the right identities,” Taneja told Technology Flow. “The next frontier is having access to those trusted identities. And the district is focused. Whether those trusted identities are people, machines or APIs, making sure the right identities have the right access is absolutely critical,” he said.

As he sees it, if you want to have a more granular approach to permissions, it’s necessary to go beyond the directory approach, the traditional approach to managing identity. “We offer a comprehensive solution. So on one hand, people in the business can look at their own applications, their own solutions, from an enterprise security perspective, get a fully unified view across SaaS, across the infrastructure, of who has access. -Prem solutions, at a very granular level of detail.”

District security application view showing access reviews

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He points out that this requires a level of automation and intelligence because there are so many configuration options, often depending on the level of access. By automating all of that, the startup helps customers stay at least as safe as possible before a problem occurs.

Taneja, who has been in the security business for over 30 years, launched the startup in 2019. The company took some time to develop the application and landed its first customer last April. Today, it has over 60 customers using the solution.

They say that whatever happens in the economy in the short term, the product should perform well. “While we are delivering security value, governance value addition, we are also delivering compliance and operational efficiency value and thereby we are saving companies money,” he said.

The company has 35 employees and is currently hiring. The volume is expected to double in the next year. Taneja says her experience as a leader helps build a diverse workforce. “I’ve found in my career, the more diversity you can bring into a company, the more ideas you get, the richer your journey and the better your solution. So we have a very inclusive culture. As part of that, many employees are remote so they can be hired from anywhere.

Today’s $13.5 million investment was led by Tola Capital and Firstmark Capital with assistance from Pillar VC.

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