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Penetration Testing Funding: NetSPI Raises $410 Million

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NetSPI, a penetration testing and attack surface management provider, has added $410 million in funding from global investment firm KKR. The company previously secured $90 million in growth funding led by KKR in May 2021.

The new KKR funding supports NetSPI's technology innovation, talent acquisition and global expansion, the company said. It also will be used to recapitalize Sunstone Partners, NetSPI's first institutional investor.

NetSPI Looks to Continue Record Growth

KKR's investment comes after NetSPI has made several moves to accelerate its growth in 2022:

NetSPI has recorded 61% organic review growth to date in 2022, exceeded 50% organic revenue growth in 2021 and increased its organic revenue growth fivefold since 2017. The company also has more than 400 offensive security professionals globally and continues to explore opportunities to recruit and retain cybersecurity talent.

What the Future Holds for NetSPI

NetSPI will "continue to challenge the status quo in offensive security," CEO Aaron Shilts said. It will develop new offensive security technologies that help organizations combat current and emerging cyber threats.

In addition, NetSPI looks poised to continue on its "trajectory of strong and accelerating organic growth and profitability," said Ben Pederson, a director on KKR's technology growth team. Pederson also noted that KKR will continue to provide NetSPI with investments to support its "technology, people, geographical expansion and strategic acquisitions."

Dan Kobialka

Dan Kobialka is senior contributing editor, MSSP Alert and ChannelE2E. He covers IT security, IT service provider business strategies and partner programs. Dan holds a M.A. in Print and Multimedia Journalism from Emerson College and a B.A. in English from Bridgewater State University. In his free time, Dan enjoys jogging, traveling, playing sports, touring breweries and watching football.