Very Good Security (VGS) announced that it has raised $8.5 million via a Series A funding round led by Andreessen Horowitz.
The funding will allow VGS to further scale its security product, which lets companies collect, secure and exchange data without the risk or liability associated with storing it on their own systems.
By reducing or eliminating data security scope, VGS’ customers can achieve compliance certifications (e.g. PCI, SOC2, EI3PA, HIPAA) and accelerate their time to market. NYCA, Vertex Ventures, Slow Ventures and Max Levchin also participated in the round.
“Data security and compliance shouldn’t hold companies back from getting to market safely and quickly,”, said Mahmoud Abdelkader, CEO and co-founder of VGS.
“This investment fuels our mission to securely power the world’s sensitive data and transform data security from a business obstacle into a competitive advantage.”
VGS is built on the premise that you can’t hack what isn’t there, allowing companies to preserve the functionality of their data without having to store that data on their own systems.
VGS instead collects and stores the data in its own secure vaults, freeing customers from the costs and liability of building and maintaining their own compliant security systems.
When customer applications require data, VGS identifies that data in transit and swaps it—in real time—for surrogate values that retain the same functionality of the original data.
Integrating VGS requires no changes to existing products or legacy architecture, and the service starts working instantly.
Because VGS maintains multiple compliances and isolates customers from sensitive data, it enables businesses to achieve regulatory compliance.
“We appreciate VGS’ approach to compliance and security, as it aligns well with our philosophy of protecting cardholder data,”, said Venkat Udayasankar, architect for LendUp Card Services.
“Together, we’ve been able to quickly craft a PCI Level 1 solution that fits our business needs. VGS integrations were seamless, fast and easy, allowing us to focus on LendUp’s core business.”
By removing the constraints posed by digital security and compliance, VGS allows customers to scale without having to worry about data breaches, regulatory issues, or service provider security requirements that could slow a company’s growth.
This latest round of funding will allow VGS to scale its own operations as it works to simplify data security for a growing number of companies.
“VGS ensures that businesses and services requiring identification ‘keys’—e.g. credit card or Social Security numbers—for their customers will not have to worry about compliance around the storing of confidential or private data, and frees them from vendor lock-in,” said Alex Rampell, general partner at Andreessen Horowitz.
“We are incredibly excited to partner with Mahmoud and team to build a category-defining enterprise platform.”