Upstream Security Receives Investment from Cisco Investments as the Demand for IoT Cybersecurity Soars

Connected vehicles and mobile IoT devices introduce additional layers of cyber risks, posing threats to operational availability and sensitive data security

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Ann Arbor, MI (April 10, 2024) – Upstream Security, a leading provider of cybersecurity extended detection and response (XDR) for connected vehicles and IoT, today announced it received an investment from Cisco Investments. The proliferation of complex IoT devices in the Mobility, Automotive, and Transportation sectors introduces unprecedented operational efficiencies, data-driven services and solutions, and exceptional customer experience. However, advanced connectivity and software-defined components also open the door for large-scale cyber risks, threatening business availability and data integrity.

Upstream already protects millions of mobility connected vehicles and IoT devices worldwide, offering a cloud-based multi-layered approach to extended detection and response.

“We are thrilled to welcome Cisco Investments to our group of investors,” states Yoav Levy, Upstream Security Co-founder and CEO. “This investment provides a unique opportunity to deepen our impact on the IoT sector, and more specifically Mobility, Automotive and Transportation.” 

This investment by Cisco Investments amplifies the need for purpose-built IoT cybersecurity solutions that will safeguard the mobility and IoT ecosystem across the entire development and production lifecycle.

“Together with our partners, Cisco is enabling automobile manufacturers across the globe to provide mission-critical, secure connectivity as cars transform into data centers on wheels,” says Cisco Investments vice president, Aleem Rizvon. “With an expected 95% of new vehicles having embedded connectivity by the year 2030, we can also expect a rise in automotive cybersecurity threats. Investing in solutions, to ensure the right safeguards for secure connectivity and operation are in place, is critical to instill the trust needed for wide adoption of the technology, not just in the automotive segment, but more broadly for other IoT applications, as well.

Yoav Levy, CEO and Co-Founder, Upstream and Masum Mir, SVP and GM, Cisco Networking: Provider Mobility

Disrupting the IoT Cybersecurity Landscape  

Upstream’s cloud-based IoT XDR platform analyzes, in real-time, the contextual state of physical IoT assets and their connected ecosystem, to holistically identify and mitigate cyber risks. The Platform is agentless, requiring no installation of software or hardware, enabling rapid deployment and comprehensive coverage of devices already in production. 

The Platform ingests, parses, and normalizes vast amounts of connected vehicle data, IoT protocols, telematics, API transactions, and other data streams from tens of millions of devices, endpoints, and application consumers. This data enables the creation of unique digital twins—near real-time representations of devices and endpoints, facilitating holistic and effective detection. By monitoring devices, services, and overall asset behavior, the Platform detects both known and unknown anomalies based on proprietary ML-powered models. 

Coupled with a purpose-built vehicle security operation center (vSOC), dedicated for monitoring and investigating connected vehicles and IoT cyber threats, Upstream provides a holistic suite of cybersecurity solutions and services to enable customers to proactively identify and remediate cyber threats. Utilizing Upstream’s Ocean AI, Generative AI-powered capabilities, accelerates the investigation remediation process. 

“At Cisco, as the leading provider of mobile IoT connectivity services, we have extensively explored the ecosystem to identify optimal partners to enrich our offerings. Upstream’s cybersecurity solution emerged as a standout choice due to its innovative architecture and technology maturity.
– Masum Mir, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Cisco’s Provider Mobility Business

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About Upstream Security

Upstream provides a cloud-based data management platform purpose-built for mobility and IoT, delivering unparalleled cybersecurity extended detection and response (XDR) and data-driven applications. The Upstream Platform secures more than 25 million connected vehicles and IoT devices and is trusted by large vehicle manufacturers and IoT service providers. 

Upstream recently published its 2024 Automotive Cybersecurity Report, providing a detailed analysis of the cyber landscape across the Automotive and Mobility ecosystem, emerging risks, and the evolving regulatory landscape.

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