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BehavioSec Closes $17.5 Million Series B

Behavioral biometrics company BehavioSec landed $17.5 million in funding today. This brings the company’s total funding to almost $26 million.

The Series B round was led by Trident Capital Cybersecurity with Cisco Investments, ABN AMRO, and existing investors Octopus Ventures and Conor Venture Partners also contributing. The Sweden-based company will use the funds to expand global operations and relocate its headquarters to the U.S. This comes after BehavioSec’s expansion to the U.S. last April.

Since it was founded in 2009, BehavioSec has secured billions of transactions for 40+ million users. The company’s flagship offering technology leverages machine learning to verify a user’s identity by how they interact with their device. This layered and continuous approach takes place in the background so as not to interfere with the user experience. At FinovateFall 2015, the company’s COO, Olov Renberg debuted BehavioSec On Demand. The solution is a transaction-based behavioral biometrics service in the cloud aimed to help organizations control who accesses that service without compromising the integrity of companies and individuals.

Alberto Yépez of Trident Cybersecurity cites two main reasons for the firm’s investment in BehavioSec. “We decided to invest in BehavioSec given production deployments authenticating user sessions for some of the most sophisticated financial institutions and governments around the world. In addition, the company continues to lead the innovation in behavioral biometrics through close partnership with leading cybersecurity vendors and government agencies, including DARPA,” said Yépez.

In an era when data breaches, hacks, and compromises occur on an almost monthly basis, there will be plenty of demand for online security companies for some time. That said, there will also be increased competition. Last October, Zighra launched a continuous authentication solution that leverages behavioral cues. Additionally, companies such as BioCatch, NuData Security, and IBM Security Trusteer all have offerings similar to BehavioSec’s behavioral biometrics solution.

At FinDEVr San Francisco 2015, the company’s VP of Engineering Ingo Deutschmann and COO Olov Renberg gave a presentation titled Behavioral Biometrics as a Service. Last November, BehavioSec teamed up with Crossmatch to add keystroke capture to Crossmatch’s authentication platform.