Photo: Thomas Trutschel/Photothek via Getty Images

RiskSense, a cybersecurity startup that aims to help organizations prioritize different threats and vulnerabilities, has raised $12 million in Series B funding, according to the company. Spring Mountain Capital and NightDragon Security led the investment round.

Why it matters: RiskSense’s team has experience defending critical networks and its software-as-a-service platform aims to help organizations prevent malware and ransomware attacks. The firm is currently working with some states to try to prevent cyberattacks against U.S. election infrastructure, co-founder and head of corporate development Mark Fidel told the Albuquerque Business Journal.

  • Money for those projects is made available through funding Congress provided to states this year to bolster election security, per Fidel.
  • One of the methods the Russians used in election meddling efforts in the U.S. is targeting people involved in administering elections with spear-phishing attacks, one indictment by special prosecutor Robert Mueller revealed.

The details:

  • RiskSense boasts a team that has a background working with the Pentagon and U.S. intelligence community analyzing how conflicts between countries play out in the digital realm, as part of a project known as CACTUS (Computational Analysis of Cyber Terrorism against the U.S.), per Network World.
  • Other investors include UL Ventures, Paladin Capital Group, Sun Mountain Capital, EPIC Ventures, and Jump Capital.

Go deeper

Updated 9 mins ago - Politics & Policy

Coronavirus dashboard

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

  1. Global: Total confirmed cases as of 4:30 p.m. ET: 31,735,542 — Total deaths: 973,443 Total recoveries: 21,798,488Map.
  2. U.S.: Total confirmed cases as of 4:30 p.m. ET: 6,925,840 — Total deaths: 201,617 — Total recoveries: 2,646,959 — Total tests: 96,612,436Map.
  3. Health: CDC director says over 90% of Americans have not yet been exposed to coronavirus — Supply shortages continue to plague testing.
  4. Politics: Poll: 51% of Republicans trust Trump on coronavirus more than the CDC.
  5. Vaccines: Johnson & Johnson begins large phase 3 trial — The FDA plans to toughen standards.
  6. Sports: Less travel is causing the NBA to see better basketball.

Trump says he wants 9 justices in case Supreme Court must decide 2020 election

President Trump told reporters at the White House on Wednesday that part of his urgency to quickly push through a replacement for the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is that he believes the Supreme Court may have to decide the result of the 2020 election.

Why it matters: Trump claimed at the Republican National Convention that the only way he will lose the election is if it is "rigged," and he has declined to say whether he would accept the results of November's election if he loses to Joe Biden.

"Not enough": Protesters react to no murder charges in Breonna Taylor case

A grand jury has indicted Brett Hankison, one of the Louisville police officers who entered Breonna Taylor's home in March, on three counts of wanton endangerment for firing shots blindly into neighboring apartments.

The state of play: Angering protesters, the grand jury did not indict any of the three officers involved in the botched drug raid on homicide or manslaughter charges related to the death of Taylor.

Get Axios AM in your inbox

Catch up on coronavirus stories and special reports, curated by Mike Allen everyday

Please enter a valid email.

Subscription failed
Thank you for subscribing!