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Lacework Layoffs: Cloud Security Startup Cuts 20% of Staff

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Lacework, a cloud security startup that has an MSSP partner program, is cutting 20 percent of its staff.

Lacework has 1,174 employees listed on LinkedIn as of May 27, 2022. The cuts impacted 20% of employees, Protocol reported.

The move reinforces a bigger-picture trend across Silicon Valley: Amid rising interest rates, falling stock prices and tepid demand for IPOs, money-losing technology startups are revising their business plans to accelerate a path to profits.

Related: See all technology industry company layoffs listed here.

Lacework Layoffs: Pivoting Toward Profitability

In a blog about the Lacework layoffs, the company said:

"We have adjusted our plan to increase our cash runway through to profitability and significantly strengthened our balance sheet so we can be more opportunistic around investment opportunities and weather uncertainty in the macro environment. We remain 100% committed to continued best-in-class growth and leading the industry with our innovation."

Lacework disclosed the news in one-on-one meetings before announcing the cuts publicly. The Lacework layoffs surface only about six months after the company raised $1.3 billion at a valuation of $8.3 billion.

Lacework's cloud security platform "automates cloud security at scale," the company asserts. The system can "collect, analyze, and accurately correlate data across an organization’s AWS, Azure, GCP, and Kubernetes environments, and narrow it down to the handful of security events that matter."

Lacework: Initial MSSP Partners

The Lacework partner program serves technology partners, cloud service providers, channel partners and MSSPs. Key MSSP partners include Defiance Digital, Expel, Geller Advisors, Observian and Pareto Cyber, according to the Lacework website.

Joe Panettieri

Joe Panettieri is co-founder & editorial director of MSSP Alert and ChannelE2E, the two leading news & analysis sites for managed service providers in the cybersecurity market.