Profian Secures $5 Million In Seed Round

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  • Profian was co-founded by Mike Bursell, former Chief Security Architect at Red Hat, and Nathaniel McCallum, former Virtualization Security Architect at Red Hat
  • The capital raise will enable Profian to develop a suite of open source products and services around Confidential Computing, a set of hardware and software technologies improving application security

Profian has announced today that it has secured $5 million in seed funding. The round was co-led by Project A Ventures and Illuminate Financial, and included angel investors: Olivier Pomel, Chief Executive Officer of Datadog; Tyler McMullen, Chief Technology Officer of Fastly; Till Schneidereit, Chairman of Bytecode Alliance; and Sarah Novotny, Board Member of the Linux Foundation. Profian aims to bring cryptographic proof and verifiable trust to general computing using confidential computing, the protection of data in use by performing computation in a hardware-based Trusted Execution Environment (TEE). Profian was co-founded by Mike Bursell, former Chief Security Architect at Red Hat, and Nathaniel McCallum, former Virtualization Security Architect at Red Hat.

Mike Bursell, Profian’s Chief Executive Officer added, “Profian’s Confidential Computing platform will allow organizations who are currently unable to enjoy the benefits of cost savings and speed associated with public clouds — for regulatory, audit or risk management reasons — to deploy even their most sensitive data and applications in a truly hybrid, multi-cloud environment. Nathaniel and I are thrilled about the investor support we have received thus far and the team we have assembled. We look forward to launching our platform in early 2022 and engaging with the open source community.”

The capital raise will enable Profian to develop a suite of open source products and services around Confidential Computing, a set of hardware and software technologies improving application security. Profian’s platform will be applicable across industries, but will initially focus on the financial services sector, where there is a well-defined set of use cases and a strong appetite for solutions that meet the strong confidentiality and integrity requirements.

Profian is a member of the Confidential Computing Consortium, a Linux Foundation project, which unites hardware vendors, cloud providers, and software developers to accelerate the adoption of Trusted Execution Environment technologies and standards.

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