A San Francisco-based cybersecurity startup is opening an office in Austin, where it plans to hire as many as 50 people.
Jask develops software that helps security analysts do their jobs by using artificial intelligence to monitor the network.
“A lot of different areas have tried to replicate Silicon Valley,” said Jask CEO Greg Martin in a telephone interview. “What we believe Austin, Texas has going for it is a young culture, a fast-growing city, and, quite frankly, a lower cost of living than the San Francisco Bay area.”
The company is hiring in its Austin office engineers, and people who work in sales and marketing for its Austin office. The company has 30 employees total currently. “We are still a very early-stage company and still very much a startup,” Martin said.
Jask also announced it hired Austin-based J.J. Guy as its Chief Technology Officer. Guy was a founding team member of cybersecurity firm Carbon Black and is a veteran of the U.S. intelligence community.
Jask came out of stealth mode in June when the company announced it had raised $12 million in Series A funding.
Its lead investor was Round Rock-based Dell Technologies.
Their main software platform is called Trident. Martin explained that Trident helps identify and triage attacks on the network, work that is often done by people now.
“Just using humans to investigate these attacks is a really inefficient use of our brain power,” Martin said. “We could be doing higher-level things like patching and securing our network rather than being stuck chasing after every bad email that gets sent.”
Trident was released this summer and Martin said they have just under 20 clients. He declined to name the clients but said they work with “some of the largest financial institutions int he U.S. and we work with some of the largest companies in the U.S. as well.”
Martin said they plan to open their Austin office in January.