Andesite AI Launches With $15.25M in Initial Funding

Andesite AI, a McLean, VA-based company dedicated to delivering technology to overburdened cybersecurity teams, emerged from stealth with $15.25m in initial funding.

Co-developed by Red Cell Partners and General Catalyst, and led by CEO Brian Carbaugh, Andesite has built an advanced AI security analytics platform to empower both private- and public-sector cyber analysts to defend against advanced persistent threats (APTs). By leveraging artificial intelligence (AI), the solution analyzes decentralized data sets at scale to help cyber defenders and analysts more quickly surface threats and vulnerabilities, prioritize and allocate resources, and respond and remediate in a way that improves security posture and reduces cost.

Andesite is the latest company to launch under Red Cell’s newly formed Cyber Practice, led by George Barnes, a former Deputy Director of the National Security Agency (NSA).

Joining Carbaugh, a partner at Red Cell and the former Director of the CIA’s Special Activities Center, is a proven leadership team of specialized talent with deep roots inside defense, military, and intelligence communities as well as the private sector, including:

  • Lead Independent Director, Brig. Gen. (Retired) Chris Inglis, the former White House National Cyber Director and former Deputy Director of the NSA
  • Chief Product Officer William MacMillan, a U.S. Air Force Veteran who previously served as CISO at the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and Senior Vice President of Information Security at Salesforce
  • Chief Strategy Officer Greg Rattray, PhD, former CISO at JP Morgan Chase
  • Chief Technology Officer Alex Thaman, former Chief Architect of Computer Vision at Unity and Principal Software Engineering Manager at Microsoft
  • Chief Revenue Officer Jaci Tomek, serial cybersecurity entrepreneur and go-to-market executive with leadership experience at NetWitness (Dell), iSight Partners (Google), Wickr (AWS), Phantom (Splunk), and Palo Alto Networks
  • Senior Advisor Kris Meritt, U.S. Air Force Veteran, former Intrusion Detection Lead for GE Aviation and former Senior Director, Threat Hunting Operations for CrowdStrike

In addition, Red Cell Director Wes Bush, the former Chairman and CEO of Northrop Grumman, and General Catalyst Advisor Lt. Gen. (Retired) Scott Howell, former Commander of the Joint Special Operations Command, will join Inglis on Andesite’s Board of Directors.