qomodo raises £1.3 million to secure the IoT against cyber threats

Qomodo, the Internet of Things (IoT) cybersecurity company, announced it had raised a £1.3 million pre-seed funding round led by Expeditions Fund, with participation from Amadeus Capital Partners, Auriga Cyber Ventures, Nio Advisors, McNally Capital, Ventures Together, and previous investor Techstars.

Founded by a team of ex-BAE Systems and NATO cybersecurity experts who participated in a Techstars 2023 cohort, Qomodo pioneered the development of an advanced system for extended Internet of Things (XIoT) cybersecurity, focusing on the detection and prevention of threats at the host level within embedded systems. XIoT encompassed devices connecting physical systems to the Internet, extending beyond traditional servers and laptops.

With increasing reliance on IoT technologies in sectors vital for national security and economic stability, nation-state actors and cybercriminals aimed to exploit the rapid technological integration and existing security gaps within the IoT.

Qomodo's advanced IoT observability and threat prevention software agents were designed to counter these threats by integrating machine learning technologies to detect and block intrusions proactively, thereby safeguarding critical infrastructure without impacting system performance on the host IoT device. Qomodo could ‘see’ into what were once ‘black box’ devices and profile their behaviour and vulnerabilities, going beyond common network-based detection products.

Toby Wilmington, CEO, qomodo commented: “The acceleration in the adoption of IoT devices, coupled with insufficient security measures, is creating huge risk. There has been a 400% increase in malware targeting IoT and attacks are costing the UK alone £1 billion a year. Our intelligence-led approach and robust, resource-efficient software agents are essential weapons in ensuring the security and resilience of IoT ecosystems against the backdrop of international cyber warfare.”

The capital raised in this round will enable qomodo to further enhance its platform-agnostic software agents and support the company’s outreach in Europe and the US, enabling direct engagement with customers and helping to refine the product’s market fit.

Miko Firlej, Founding Partner, Expeditions Fund said, "Since we first met Toby, Adam, and Kane we were immediately excited about the opportunity to partner with qomodo. The founding team has not only an excellent pedigree from companies like Recorded Future, BAE, and Leonardo but they are also IoT domain experts and know each other well. We believe that the company has built a differentiated product by offering an embedded software agent tailored specifically for the manufacturers of IoT devices coupled with the honeypot network, which allows to expand intelligence data related to IoT hacking attempts."

James Baker, Investment Manager, Amadeus Capital Partners, added: “Organisations’ cyber-physical systems now extend across all operations, from industrial, transport, energy, healthcare to enterprise environments, and governments are regulating to increase protection, such as the UK’s Product Security and Telecommunications Infrastructure (PSTI) regime. We are pleased to be backing qomodo’s first-of-its-kind threat prevention system for these increasingly complex but essential systems to modern life.”

Geoffroy Rossett, Managing Partner, Auriga Partners, said, “In the fast-paced movement towards the full integration of the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and Enterprise IoT, we found qomodo's simple, holistic, and modular approach and value proposition to be particularly relevant. We were also impressed by the quality of the founding team and by the vision and leadership of Toby, its CEO."