ThetaRay Lands $5 Million Investment from Alibaba, Partners with PwC


Israeli anti-fraud and cybersecurity specialist ThetaRay has locked in a $5 million investment from Chinese e-commerce titan, Alibaba. The investment is part of a larger $20 million round-in-progress that includes participation from General Electric, Jerusalem Venture Partners, and Poalim Capital Markets, along with other investors.

ThetaRay’s technology specializes in detecting and preventing advanced persistent threat (APT), which is a type of network attack designed to steal information rather than simply destroy or damage a network or organization. The company’s solution also works against “zero-day” attacks—attacks via security vulnerabilities unknown to the vendor—within minutes of detection.


Pictured: ThetaRay VP of Product Udi Solomon demonstrated the ThetaRay platform at FinovateFall 2015 in New York.

ThetaRay this week announced a new partnership with PwC, a global advisory firm specializing in audit and assurance, tax, and consulting services. The Global Joint Business Relationship will make ThetaRay technology a part of PwC’s advanced data-analytics service, and is PwC’s first with an Israeli cybersecurity firm.

“Using ThetaRay’s technology, we can help businesses utilize existing big data to discover opportunities, mitigate risks and increase revenues and profitability,” said Yaron Blachman, PwC Israel’s leader of technology and forensics consulting.

Founded in April 2013, with offices in Israel and the U.S., ThetaRay demonstrated its fraud and credit risk solution at FinovateFall 2015. The company was named “Most Innovative Industrial Internet Technology” at the Minds + Machines 2015 Conference sponsored by General Electric.


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ThetaRay Presents its Fraud and Credit Risk, Big Data Analytics Program

ThetaRayThis post is part of our live coverage of FinovateFall 2015.

Our next demonstration is from ThetaRay.

Unmatched, anomaly-detection rates delivering usable indicators to increase efficiency and accuracy; industry-low false-positive rates allowing organizations to focus their experts on the events that count; rule-free, unsupervised, non-heuristic protection against next-generation attacks and predicting the unexpected; math-based, big-data analytics ensuring organizations achieve quantitative results they can trust; automatic, real-time detection to instantly transform data into business insights; easy and fast deployment that is always up-to-date, retaining the relevance and competitive advantage of organizations’ data.

Presenter: ThetaRay’s VP of Product, Udi Solomon



Product launch: April 2015

Metrics: $10 million raised Round A funding, August 2014; 28 employees
Product distribution strategy: B2B, via financial institutions and other fintech companies

HQ: Israel and United States
Founded: April 2013
Twitter: @ThetaRayTeam

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