- UAE-based cybersecurity startup SpiderSilk has raised a $9 million funding round led by Wa’ed Ventures, with participation from STV and Global Ventures.
- Founded in 2019 by Rami El Malak and Mossab Hussein, SpiderSilk provides organisations with an AI-powered cyber defence platform and exposure detection technologies.
- The new funding will fuel the expansion of SpiderSilk’s cyber defence technology offering in Saudi Arabia. The startup will also relocate its HQ to the kingdom.
SpiderSilk, the Dubai-based cybersecurity AI startup, announced today closing a $9 million funding round led by Wa’ed Ventures, Aramco’s $500 million Kingdom-based VC fund, to fuel the expansion of its cyber defense technology offering in Saudi Arabia. The round included participation from STV and Global Ventures.
With the recent influx in AI-based solutions and products, there has been a growing interest among venture capital investors in cybersecurity funding for AI startups with nearly $1.9 billion raised globally across 153 deals last quarter alone (Q3, 2023), cites Crunchbase.
The increase in funding follows an identifiable market need for more cybersecurity solutions, especially around fighting security breaches. In the Middle East alone, the average cost per data breach is estimated to be around $8 million, the second highest rate in the world after the United States, according to IBM in its 2023 Security report.
“While the GCC is a key technology market, there is hardly any IP being built in the region for the region and beyond, and we believe that it is increasingly important to achieve self-reliance in this sector for the benefit of the public and private organizations”, said Rami El Malak, co-founder and CEO at SpiderSilk. “This investment is a watershed moment for the regional tech ecosystem, and we hope that it will open doors for more entrepreneurs to innovate in our space”.
Established in 2019 by co-founders Rami El Malak and Mossab Hussein, SpiderSilk is working on addressing the limitations in cybersecurity products by providing organizations with an AI-powered cyber defense platform and continuous exposure detection technologies.
“As an emerging market, achieving self-reliance when it comes to cybersecurity depends heavily on our ability to back regional pioneers the likes of SpiderSilk who not only understand the criticality of data breaches affecting our market, but whose mission is to also educate clients and regulators on the cyber threats they themselves might be missing,” said Fahad Alidi, Managing Director at Wa’ed Ventures.
With a Saudi headquarter planned for 2024, SpiderSilk aims to create high-skilled jobs in advanced technology fields such as cybersecurity, artificial intelligence, and R&D.
Earlier this year, SpiderSilk signed its first 5-year agreements with global conglomerates like Unisys to provide Managed Security Service Provider (MSSP) services to provide advanced, autonomous, cyber defense capabilities that directly reduces operational cost and uplifts cybersecurity measures for these companies.