Cato Networks Secures $20 Million in Series A Round From Aspect Ventures and U.S. Venture Partners

Theresia Gouw, Steve Krausz invest to make network security work for the distributed, mobile and Cloud-enabled enterprise

October 31, 2015

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TEL AVIV, Israel – October 27, 2015 – Cato Networks, which is rethinking network security from the ground up and into the Cloud, has raised $20 million in a series A funding round. The financing is led by Theresia Gouw, founder of Aspect Ventures, and Steve Krausz, general partner at U.S. Venture Partners (USVP). Cato Networks will use the funding to support its go-to-market strategy and bring on additional world-class talent to refine its revolutionary new Network Security as a Service (NSaaS) platform, which will change the way network security is delivered, managed, and evolved.

Cato Networks was founded by Shlomo Kramer and Gur Shatz, who had bootstrapped the company until now. Kramer is one of the founding fathers of network security, best known for introducing the first firewall to the market as a co-founder of Check Point Software, and later the first web application firewall as a founder and CEO of Imperva. Shatz brings an extensive background in Cloud-based web applications security and acceleration. Previously, he was the co-founder and CEO of Incapsula. With Cato Networks, Kramer and Shatz are creating the next big chapter in the evolution of network security

“The forces of Cloud and mobility have dissolved the network perimeter, one of the biggest challenges facing network security today in the increasingly distributed and fragmented enterprise,” said Theresia Gouw, founder of Aspect Ventures. “Cato Networks is focused on making network security simple again, having recognized that continuing down the current path of appliance-based network security is unsustainable for most enterprises – especially midmarket enterprises.”  

Steve Krausz, general partner at USVP, said: “Cato Networks has identified a cloud-based approach for businesses to address the challenge of network security complexity, which opens up organizations to attacks as hackers can slip through the cracks of misconfigurations and software vulnerabilities. Shlomo Kramer has already had a major impact on the shape of network security, and we see the potential for Cato Networks to represent the next major paradigm shift.”

Gouw and Krausz have demonstrated successful track records of investing in cybersecurity firms, including Imperva, Trusteer, Forescout, Check Point Software, Vontu and Exabeam. Both will join Cato Networks’ board of directors.

“The velocity of security threats surpassed the speed at which enterprises can adapt their existing controls, exposing a mismatch between hackers and the businesses they target,” said Shlomo Kramer, CEO and co-founder of Cato Networks. “By leveraging Cloud, software and new approaches to enterprise network architecture, Cato will enable a secure, high performance and agile enterprise network.”

Cato Networks’ solution will be available to the general public in the first half 2016, and the company is currently accepting beta customers.

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About Cato Networks

Cato Networks is rethinking network security from the ground up and into the Cloud. The company is developing a revolutionary new Network Security as a Service (NSaaS) platform that will change the way network security is delivered, managed and evolved for the distributed, mobile and Cloud-based enterprise. Based in Tel Aviv, Israel, Cato Networks was founded in 2015 by cybersecurity luminary Shlomo Kramer, who previously cofounded Check Point Software Technologies and Imperva, and Gur Shatz, who previously cofounded Incapsula. For more information, visit


About Aspect Ventures

Aspect Ventures partners with entrepreneurs at the ground floor to help build businesses and support them through the entire arc of their growth. We invest in companies that are leveraging data analytics and embracing interconnectivity to create new digital approaches to Marketplaces, Work, Security and Health IT. We founded Aspect to combine the best of what we’ve learned - across 100+ Seed and Series A investments - with a fresh perspective to do things better. We work together with entrepreneurs as their active advisors, board members and partners to help them grow their companies from inception to standalone, sustainable businesses. For more information, please visit Follow Aspect Ventures @AspectVC


About USVP

U.S. Venture Partners (USVP) is a leading Silicon Valley venture capital firm, partnering with entrepreneurs to transform their ideas into world-changing companies. USVP has invested in over 400 companies spanning three decades, including: Box, GoPro, Inside Sales, SUN Microsystems, Check Point Software, Imperva, Guidewire Software, Concur, Ross Stores, SanDisk, Oncomed, Yammer, and Amgen. We focus on early-stage start-ups that transform Enterprise Software IT, Security, Consumer Internet, Mobile, E-Commerce, Healthcare, and IT-enabled healthcare services. The USVP team consists of former entrepreneurs, technologists, corporate executives, and financial professionals that assist with strategy, scaling, team building, product and business development.   

Follow USVP: @usvp_


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