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SentinelOne, Insight Partners Invest In Torq No-Code Security Automation

No-code security automation software startup Torq has raised $50 million in Series B funding led by Insight Partners with participation from SentinelOne, GGV Capital, and Bessemer Venture Partners.

SentinelOne's participation is particularly noteworthy and timely. Indeed, the endpoint detection and response (EDR) security company recently hired Cisco Systems veteran Rob Salvagno to lead corporate development. The hire signals SentinelOne's growing focus on security acquisitions and startup investments. In addition to Torq, SentinelOne recently invested in public cloud security startup Laminar, and acquired Scalyr to boost security analytics.

Torq vs. Traditional Security Orchestration, Automation and Response (SOAR)

Now, SentinelOne's Torq investment has surfaced. Torq is striving to disrupt Security Orchestration, Automation and Response (SOAR) platforms. Indeed, SOAR platforms often require expensive professional services, engineering support for playbooks, and vendor-built integrations that elevate complexity but reduce system speed, Torq asserts.

In stark contrast, Torq has vowed to make its no-code security automation platform:

  • Accessible to anyone, across any security team, regardless of technical skill;
  • easily connected to anything, anywhere with the flexibility and resiliency to run in any environment; and
  • content-rich, with workflow templates and recommendations that help customers deliver better protection, Torq asserted in a blog about the funding.

Take a closer look, and Torq claims that its software can be used to automate threat intelligence, threat hunting, suspicious user activity response, security bots, identity lifecycle management, cloud security posture management (CSPM), secure access and controlled access, security alert remediation, and email phishing response.

The early results sound promising. Indeed, the average Torq customer creates 17 automated workflows within the first 30 days with the platform, and grows their usage over 200% each week, the company states. The end goal? Transform security operations into automation-driven processes, the company asserts.

Torq: No-Code Security Automation for MSSPs and MSPs?

No doubt, security automation is top-of-mind for MSSPs and MSPs. Updated December 9, 2021, 2:55 p.m. ET: We've just heard from Torq. A company official confirmed that the platform is multi-tenant for our MSSP partners. Stay tuned for partner updates in 2022.

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.