In our new Tech to Know series, we will spotlight members from our incredible portfolio that are already having a huge impact on government.
Today, we’re checking out Expanse — a company that’s developed technology to discover, track, and monitor an organization’s global internet attack surface. Their product is specifically designed to support organizations through their own digital transformations, ensuring their clients obtain a comprehensive, continuously updated view of all their Internet-connected assets.
Recently, Expanse was included on a list created by The New York Times featuring private startups which are tracking to hit the coveted $1B valuation. The young yet wildly successful company is headquartered in San Francisco, having locations in Washington, New York, and Atlanta. Expanse was founded by two former DARPA employees, Dr. Tim Junio and Dr. Matt Kraning. The pair run the company alongside their leadership team and board of directors; and with an impressive list of investors, it’s clear Expanse is something special.
What problem does Expanse solve?
Government networks are constantly under attack — improving security by identifying vulnerabilities is a key priority for all agencies. Expanse helps solve that problem by taking an outside-in view to map, understand, and protect agency networks.
What made Expanse stand out from the pack during their Dcode program?
To put it simply, they take publicly available data and make it massively useful for large enterprises by taking an outside-in approach to security. Their ability to identify risks and secure networks has already shown a real impact at a number of government agencies. The fact that the data is publicly available makes deploying and securing their product much simpler than other network security tools.
How did they build something so compelling?
They’ve literally mapped every IPv4 address on the internet (and working on IPv6) — which is no small task — and have crunched that data to create the “attacker’s view” of agency networks.
What’s the coolest thing about them?
Well, it’s hard to pick just one. As we mentioned earlier, both founders worked with DARPA earlier in their careers, which is pretty special. They’re both also insanely passionate about what they’re doing and creating a positive impact on government through their work.
What government agencies are they already having an impact in?
Expanse has already been implemented in several federal agencies. Here are two examples:
State Department, Embassy & Consulate Global Networks
Expanse protects the global networks of U.S. embassies and consulates. Their technology autonomously detects and characterizes an emergent exposure on a distributed network, enumerates risky communications between the device and threat actors on the public internet, and seeds investigations to halt the attack.
DoD, Information Network & Defense Industrial Base
Expanse provides a comprehensive and continuously updated view of all Internet-connected assets that belong to multiple DoD organizations. They also detect misconfigured, unknown, or unauthorized cloud assets of affiliated Defense Industrial Base contractors across all public cloud providers for security and infrastructure management.
What was the Dcode team’s most memorable moment with Expanse?
The Dcode team took Expanse to Capitol Hill for an eye-opening meeting with Senate Homeland Security staffers on network vulnerabilities.
Every member of the team has thoroughly enjoyed welcoming Expanse into the Dcode family and we all look forward to supporting this growing company in any way we can. Expanse is one to watch and we can’t wait to see what’s next for these guys!
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