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Enterprise Security Company Illumio Expands Into APAC With New Regional Office In Sydney

SUNNYVALE, Calif. – March 7, 2018Illumio has announced 300 percent year-over-year bookings growth during its third year in the market, adding customers from a broad range of industries including banking, insurance, technology, legal, retail, and government. The rapid growth is being driven by organisations that are increasingly turning to Illumio to prevent the spread of threats inside their data centres and cloud environments, as well as meet regulatory compliance standards, such as SWIFT, PCI, GDPR, and HITRUST.

The ability of bad actors to move freely inside data centres and the cloud has been a known security issue for more than a decade. Illumio's adaptive micro-segmentation technology prevents the spread of cyber threats by giving organizations the ability to create 'watertight compartments' across their data centre and cloud environments. The demand for micro-segmentation technology is growing rapidly, with available market data showing it to be worth well over $3 billion per annum.

Following significant interest from financial institutions in Australia, Hong Kong, and Singapore, Illumio has also announced the opening of its Asia Pacific operations with regional headquarters in Sydney, Australia. The office will be headed by industry veteran, Rob van Es, who joined the company as Illumio’s Vice President of Asia Pacific.

Mr van Es said Illumio’s growth plans for the APAC region would initially focus on Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, and Hong Kong.

“We have nearly 100 customers today. While the first companies to take advantage of our technology were large, highly regulated industries – such as financial institutions and global SaaS companies – the market is maturing, and we are increasingly seeing interest from mid-sized companies,” he said. “The need to secure the inside of data centres and cloud environments applies to all industries  – it’s an issue that all types of organization is facing.”

Andrew Rubin, CEO and co-founder of Illumio, said the company was uniquely suited to address the needs of large and small organizations as they shift investment towards preventing cyber threats inside their data centres and cloud environments.

“Our continued rapid growth underscores that micro-segmentation is fast becoming foundational cybersecurity for the world’s leading organizations and that Illumio is positioned as the innovative leader during the market’s massive expansion,” he said. 

Key Milestones

  • Achieved bookings growth of 300 percent year-over-year during third year in market

  • Key customer partnerships with leading global enterprises such as Citi, JPMorgan Chase & Co., BNP Paribas,  Oak Hill Advisors, and many others

  • $125 million Series D led by J.P. Morgan Asset Management in June 2017

  • Named to the 2017 CNBC Disruptor 50 list

  • Increased headcount by over 60 percent in 2017 to support rapid customer growth in North America, Europe, and Asia

  • Launched online community, The Segment, and appointed Christopher Khadan as Vice President of Customer Success

Continued Technology Innovation

In addition to significant customer expansion in 2017, Illumio continued its rapid pace of innovation with strategic technology advancements, including: 

  • Illumio Explorer: Unlocks a new dimension in visualisation, allowing operations and security staff to ask "questions" about their network traffic in plain English, such as: "Where is the majority of my permitted application traffic coming from? Tell me all communications going in and out of my regulated apps.”

  • Illumio Policy Generator: Allows IT teams to automatically generate micro-segmentation security policies for every workload and application running anywhere. This first-of-its-kind feature manages workload enforcement capabilities that already exist without adding additional firewall hardware or software chokepoints that impact performance.

  • IBM and Oracle Partnerships: Illumio Adaptive Security Platform (ASP)™ supports IBM AIX and Oracle Solaris operating systems, providing full visibility and adaptive micro-segmentation to mission-critical systems.

  • SecureConnect Gateway: Enables encrypted connectivity between Windows and Linux workloads in cloud computing environments, including Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, Google Compute Engine, and traditional security gateways running in the data center.

  • Breakthrough Technology Patents: Patents cover Automating Segmentation Policy (U.S. Patent # 9485279), End-to-End Policy Enforcement (U.S. Patent # 9509574), and Predictive Packet Analysis (U.S. Patent # 9553768).


In 2017, Illumio attracted industry recognition from technology, security and financial analysts, press, and other industry observers, including: 

  • Goldman Sachs “100 Most Intriguing Entrepreneurs” awarded to Andrew Rubin, co-founder and CEO, for the third consecutive year

  • Open Networking User Group (ONUG) “Right Stuff Innovation Award”

  • The New Economy “Best Enterprise Security”

  • The Cloud Awards “Security Innovation of the Year”

  • Cyber Defense Magazine’s ““Best Product in Data Center Security Solutions” and “Best Product in Cloud Security Solutions”

  • Global Excellence Awards® “Startup of the Year” (Silver) and “Cloud Security” (Bronze)

  • Business Insider’s “51 enterprise startups to bet your career on in 2018”

  • Silicon Valley Business Journal’s “hottest cybersecurity startups”

About Illumio

Illumio, the leader in micro-segmentation, prevents the spread of cyber threats inside data centers and cloud environments. Enterprises such as Morgan Stanley, BNP Paribas, Salesforce,  and Oracle NetSuite use Illumio to reduce cyber risk and achieve regulatory compliance. Illumio’s Adaptive Security Platform™ uniquely protects critical information with real-time application dependency mapping and micro-segmentation that works in any data center, public cloud, or across hybrid deployments on bare-metal, virtualisation and containers.  For more information about Illumio, visit and follow us @Illumio.

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