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Semperis: The Latest Israeli Unicorn Is Leading the Charge in Identity Security

Semperis’ journey from a promising Israeli startup to a billion-dollar unicorn is an inspiring story of innovation and perseverance


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Semperis, a rising star in the Israeli cybersecurity scene, has achieved the coveted “unicorn” status, joining the ranks of privately held companies valued at over $1 billion. This remarkable feat, fueled by a recent $125 million funding round led by J.P. Morgan and Hercules Capital, underscores Semperis’ innovative approach to safeguarding critical identity information in today’s increasingly complex digital landscape.

Founded in 2015, Semperis emerged from the heart of Israel’s “Startup Nation” ecosystem. Recognizing the growing vulnerability of identity data in hybrid and multi-cloud environments, the company set out to provide a comprehensive solution for securing these critical systems. Their mission is two-fold: ensuring the integrity and availability of essential directory services at every stage of a cyberattack, and dramatically reducing recovery times by a staggering 90%.

Semperis’ technology is purpose-built to address the unique challenges of hybrid environments, where organizations often rely on a combination of on-premises Active Directory and cloud-based identity solutions like Azure Active Directory (formerly Entra ID) and Okta. This hybrid landscape creates a complex web of access points that attackers can potentially exploit. Semperis’ patented technology steps in to fortify these defenses, protecting over 100 million identities from a range of threats, encompassing sophisticated cyberattacks, data breaches, and even inadvertent human errors.

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Their success hinges on a deep understanding of the “cyber kill chain,” the various stages attackers navigate to infiltrate a system. By anticipating these steps and implementing proactive measures, Semperis empowers security teams to identify vulnerabilities before they can be exploited, intercept ongoing attacks in progress, and minimize the damage. This proactive approach translates into a significant reduction in downtime and disruption for organizations in the event of a cyberattack.

Beyond their core technology, Semperis demonstrates a genuine commitment to fostering a robust identity security community. They host the award-winning Hybrid Identity Protection (HIP) conference and podcast series, providing a platform for knowledge sharing and collaboration among security professionals. Additionally, they offer free community tools like Purple Knight and Forest Druid, empowering security teams to actively defend their Active Directory environments and hone their cyber resilience.

Semperis’ dedication to excellence is further validated by their consistent recognition within the cybersecurity industry. For an impressive four years in a row, they have been featured on Deloitte’s Technology Fast 500 list, a testament to their ability to outperform competitors and deliver exceptional results. This achievement speaks volumes about Semperis’ commitment to innovation and staying ahead of the ever-evolving cyber threat landscape.

Their focus on cyber resilience aligns perfectly with the growing concerns of CISOs (Chief Information Security Officers) worldwide. As organizations move towards cloud adoption and embrace hybrid environments, the need to fortify identity infrastructure becomes paramount. Semperis understands this critical need and offers the industry’s most comprehensive identity system defense platform, trusted by some of the world’s largest and most security-conscious organizations. This robust solution significantly reduces the success rate of ransomware and other destructive attacks, keeping vital data secure and business operations running smoothly.

Commenting on the recent funding round, Semperis CFO Jeff Bray stated, “As CISOs shift their focus towards securing and building resiliency into their identity infrastructure, we see enormous demand for specialized hybrid AD and Entra ID protection.” He elaborated on Semperis’ plans for the future, highlighting the company’s commitment to “drive innovations to disrupt cyberattacks” with the backing of their world-class investor group. The new funding, Bray adds, will allow Semperis to “accelerate the investment in R&D and expand our global footprint to meet market demand.”

Semperis’ journey from a promising Israeli startup to a billion-dollar unicorn is an inspiring story of innovation and perseverance. It reflects the strength of Israel’s cybersecurity sector and its ability to develop solutions that address critical global challenges. With their unwavering focus on identity security and a commitment to empowering the security community, Semperis is well-positioned to continue its meteoric rise and play a pivotal role in safeguarding the digital future.



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