Israel's Regulus Cyber, creator of the first antivirus software to protect satellite navigation and timing across a wide range of applications, including automotive, mobile, IoT and critical infrastructure, announced May 18 that the company raised $4 million in funding.
Part of a future Series B-Round, the funds will be used to enhance their R&D and sales efforts around supporting the recent U.S. executive order that emphasized the protection of positioning, navigation, and time provided by GPS.
The funding was led by SPDG Ventures and joined by btov Partners, with all previous investors participating including Sierra Ventures, Canaan Partners Israel, F2 Capital, the Technion TIOF fund and Technion R&D foundation.
"There are 8 billion GNSS (Global Navigation Satellite System) receivers in use worldwide, powering 7% of global economic activity," said Rainer Schmueckle, one of Regulus' new investors and previous COO of Daimler Group/Mercedes. "Having researched this domain, we realized Regulus is uniquely positioned to address the rising need to protect this trillion-dollar technology, from hacking."
Several weeks ago Regulus Cyber also announced signing an agreement with HARMAN, one of the world's leading automotive suppliers. The solution will be part of HARMAN SHIELD, the company's robust offering for risk management to vehicle manufacturers and mobility companies.
The Regulus Pyramid GNSS is a software solution that uses machine learning to detect spoofing and defend any GNSS receiver, device, or chipset against it — ensuring the security and reliability that are essential to safe and accurate navigation. GPS spoofing attacks, namely the deliberate transmission of signals to deceive receivers, are becoming more common and are often very difficult to detect and protect against.
Pyramid GNSS uses a combination of patented algorithms, developed over years of spoofing experiments to protect against attacks at the firmware, operating system, or application level. Furthermore, Regulus Cyber had recent breakthroughs in their capability to completely mitigate spoofing as well.
"The importance of protecting GPS has come to the forefront as President Trump and other governments around the globe define new regulations to protect it," said Yonatan Zur, CEO of Regulus Cyber. "GPS controls so many facets of our lives from transportation, infrastructure and law enforcement. Having a safe and secure software that protects GPS devices is no longer an option; it's an integral component to the safety and security of so many industries."
As a result of the growing demand, Regulus Cyber appointed Nir Sasson as Chief Business Officer to lead global business development activities and solidify their partnerships with timing and location manufacturers and users. Prior to Regulus, Sasson was the Co-Founder and CEO of Autotalks, leading the company from inception to become a worldwide leader in vehicle-to-everything communication technology, securing deals with automotive OEMs and Tier 1s, creating a strong presence in global markets, and securing funding from financial and strategic investors.
"Our growth in fund raising, recruiting top talent, and partnering with industry leaders is another step in becoming a major player in the GPS protection space," said Zur.