Zenity raises $5M to help secure low-code/no-code applications

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As more companies adopt low-code/no-code tools to build their line-of-business applications, it is perhaps no surprise that we are now seeing a new crop of services in this ecosystem that use these tools. Focuses on keeping it safe. These include those based in Tel Aviv. zenity, which is coming out sneak peek today and announcing a $5 million seed funding round. The round was led by Vertex Ventures and Upwest. Several angel investors also participated in the round, including Gerhard Eschelbeck, former CISO of Google, and Tom Fischer, former CIO of SuccessFactors.

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Zenity argues that as employees begin to build their own applications and adopt tools such as robotic process automation (RPA), this new class of applications also opens up new avenues for potential breaches and ransomware attacks.

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“Companies are adopting low-code/no-code heavily, without realizing the risks of it or their part in the shared responsibility model,” said Ben Kliger, co-founder and CEO of Zenity. “We empower CIOs and CISOs to seamlessly control their low-code/no-code applications and prevent unintentional data leaks, business continuity disturbances, compliance risks or malicious breaches.”

Zenity Platform helps businesses build a list of low-code/no-code apps in their organization, narrow down potential issues and establish a governance policy for their organization that can be implemented automatically . The company argues that traditional security services methods do not transfer to low-code/no-code applications, yet the need for such a tool is only growing, especially given that most developers who do not use do have a security background (or probably any software development background).

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The company was founded by CEO Kliger and CTO Michael Burguri, who previously worked on the Azure and cloud security teams at Microsoft.

“The challenge is to mitigate the risks and security threats associated with low-code/no-code solutions without upsetting the business,” said Tom Fischer, former CIO of Zenity Advisors and CTO of Oracle, Qualcomm, eBay. “Zenity provides the right combination of governance and security tools with a pro-business approach that helps business developers build with confidence.”

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