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Cybersecurity firm buguroo raises $11M to fund UK expansion

Madrid-based cybersecurity firm buguroo has secured $11 million in Series A funding to bring its Deep Learning based online fraud detection and prevention technology, combining behavioural biometrics, malware detection and device assessment, to more financial services customers.

Cybersecurity-focused venture capital firm Ten Eleven Ventures (headquartered in Silicon Valley, California) and Spain- and Latin America- focused venture capital firm Seaya Ventures (headquartered in Madrid, Spain) led the Series A round. Existing investors Inveready Technology Investment Group and Conexo Ventures also participated.

Currently, buguroo technology protects over 50 million financial services customers in Europe and Latin America from login to logout. With the new Series A investment, the company will expand its sales and marketing efforts in these regions as well as in new geographies, with particular focus on the UK as well as the US, France and Germany.

The funding will also be used to accelerate new product developments, including buguroo’s “Fraudster Hunter.” This pioneering functionality, which was recently incorporated into buguroo’s anti-fraud solution, identifies and tracks the behavioural patterns of fraudsters and their collaborators, using Deep Learning to discover victims who are unaware they have been affected by fraud, reveal fraud scenarios and recognise fraudsters’ modus operandi. This unique capability ensures that financial services companies can stay one step ahead of fraudulent digital activity.

From login to logout, buguroo’s technology protects financial services customers from all known fraud use cases, including the increasing problem of synthetic fraud, when hackers set up new accounts using fake identities in the onboarding phase. By collecting thousands of parameters relating to the customer’s behavioural biometrics and environment, including smartphone and mouse movements, keystrokes, device profiling, and geolocation and malware records, buguroo is able to create a unique “cyber profile” for each user – a digital DNA – that stops fraudsters from impersonating financial services customers online and manipulating accounts.

With online banking fraud proliferating, identifying and stopping fraudulent activity without impacting the user experience is crucial for financial institutions worldwide.

“With focused, regional investment in sales and marketing, we have proven the power of our solution. We are thrilled to have the support of our new investors, who are enabling us to continue to bring this best-in-class solution to banks around the globe and accelerate our mission of continuous innovation in online fraud detection,” said Pablo de la Riva, Founder and CEO of buguroo.

Ten Eleven Ventures Managing Partner Alex Doll commented,

“Ten Eleven Ventures is pleased to back another exciting new team using artificial intelligence to transform cybersecurity. Pablo and the buguroo team are talented innovators who have found a unique way to use AI to reduce online fraud. We are so impressed with the customer traction they have in Europe and Latin America. We look forward to helping them build a global cybersecurity company.”

Aris Xenofontos from Seaya Ventures commented,

“We are very excited to have the opportunity to join Pablo and the team in their journey to help any kind of organisation prevent digital fraud and become the world’s largest database of fraudster digital identities. We are looking forward to supporting them using our experience with high-growth international businesses.”