Virtru, a Washington, DC-based email encryption startup, raised $6m in financing.
The round was led by Bessemer Venture Partners (BVP). In conjunction with the funding, BVP Partner David Cowan, who co-founded VeriSign, Good Technology and Defense.net, will join Virtru’s board of directors along with Authentic8 CEO Scott Petry. In addition, Wayne Jackson, CEO of Sonatype and former CEO of Sourcefire, joined the board of advisors.
The company, which has now raised $10.3m, will use the capital to extend its platform support and create new features for consumers and businesses.
Led by John Ackerly, CEO and Co-Founder, Virtru provides encryption software that allows individuals or enterprises to encrypt attachments, revoke messages, restrict forwarding and set expiration dates. These features can be activated even after the messages have already been sent to users of different email systems including Gmail, Yahoo Mail, Outlook and Mac Mail.
The company plans to expand beyond email security to secure texts, posts, tweets, and other digital platforms.
Right now, the browser plug-in and mobile apps are currently free to consumers, with the introduction of commercial features for business users coming soon.