Chandler company launches to defend critical industrial infrastructure systems

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SynSaber, a new startup setting its sights on asset and network monitoring solutions to defend critical infrastructure, officially launched last week after securing $2.5 million in seed funding. 

The company is working to develop an effective, low-hardware and low-hassle technology-agnostic solution that provides continuous insight into the status, vulnerabilities and threats across every point in the industrial ecosystem, including Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), cloud and on-premise.

SYN Ventures, Rally Ventures and Cyber Mentor Fund supplied the seed funding for the startup. The initial round will facilitate product development, channel relationships and go-to-market sales for SynSaber. 

Patrick Heim, managing partner of SYN Ventures, said the “proven and experienced team” is what really drew the firm’s strong interest and investment.

The co-founders of SynSaber, Jori VanAntwerp and Ron Fabela, are experienced in operations and IT. VanAntwerp, who will serve as CEO, previously held positions at Gravwell, Dragos, CrowdStrike, FireEye and McAfee. Fabela, who will serve as CTO, also worked at Gravwell and Dragos, as well as Leidos Cyber, Lockheed Martin, Alert Enterprise and Booz Allen Hamilton. 

SynSaber’s solution is unique in making operators and analysts as security experts, which allow them to see, know and take action to defend industrial systems and protect critical infrastructure.

“SynSaber plans to put hero over hardware by empowering industrial operators rather than overwhelming them, making great operators even better,” said VanAntwerp, who previously held positions at Gravwell and Dragos. “SynSaber will be delivering a game-changing approach to industrial visibility and security, as the solution will be the first to be deployed on-prem or in the cloud and can integrate seamlessly with existing current technology investments.”