Cyber security company Vectra is expanding to APAC, setting up its regional headquarters in Sydney.

The San Jose-based company, which specialises in network threat detection and response, recently closed a USD$100 million Series E funding round.

The local operation is led by Kevin Vanhaelen, who joins from Telstra, where he was the head of strategy and operations for global security solutions. Previously, he was national manager of the security business unit at Dimension Data, where he worked for over 16 years.

Vanhaelen is responsible for growing Vectra’s presence across the region and is focused on the company’s channel strategy and enterprise customer growth.

“Our recent funding, coupled with our rapid growth in the global security market, uniquely positions Vectra to earn significant business in the Asia-Pacific region,” said Vanhaelen.

“We’re delivering a disruptive new approach that enables security operations teams to detect and respond faster than ever to cyberthreats so that enterprise organisations and managed detection and response providers can stop catastrophic data breaches.”

The company says its Cognito platform addresses critical security gaps by providing 360-degree visibility into cloud, data centre, user and internet-of-things (IoT) infrastructures. The platform automate the manual and mundane processes of examining threat alerts and logs, and prioritises active attacks that pose the highest risk.

Vectra recently announced that its Cognito platform features Amazon Web Services Virtual Private Cloud (VPC) traffic mirroring. Enterprises can now natively run the Cognito platform in AWS environments to rapidly detect and respond to cyberthreats in the cloud.

In September 2018, the company announced that Cognito can detect cyberattackers in native Microsoft Azure cloud environments with virtual sensors that integrate with the Azure Virtual Network Terminal Access Point (TAP). Both integrations enable Vectra to provide complete cyberattack visibility without requiring agents, the company says.

Vectra currently operates throughout North America, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and Japan, and has research-and-development centres in Dublin, Ireland, Austin, Texas and Cambridge, Massachusetts.

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