Totum Labs raises $13mn for satellite IoT connectivity
San Diego, California-based Totum Labs is a satellite IoT connectivity company focusing on the tracking of assets from space.
The company is combining Low Power Wide Area IoT connections with satellite tracking using its Doppler Multichannel Spread Spectrum (DMSS) technology, which allows for the tracking and monitoring of assets globally at a low cost.
Totum Labs has developed a System on a Chip (SOC) with built in DMSS to enable low power sensors to communicate with satellites, powered by batteries with a life of over ten years.
Since its foundation two years ago, the company has raised Its latest series A round was led by space economy-focused Space Capital and early stage venture capital fund Heroic Ventures, . Also participating were existing investors including Qamcom and the co-founder of semiconductor giant Qualcomm.
In , Ted Myers, Founder and CEO of Totum Labs, said: "Others that have launched satellites are not on a technical path to scale to billions of connections and they will largely be limited to high value, low-volume endpoints historically associated with satellite connectivity. Only Totum's DMSS technology can go head-to-head with the cellular industry for LPWA connectivity and provide a robust and cost-effective connectivity experience for a massive number of endpoint connections across a wide variety of industry use cases."
The company said the funding would allow it to more rapidly commercialise its low power sensor to satellite network.
"Totum has a dominant waveform with an unparalleled link budget that positions the company to unlock the massive LPWA asset tracking and monitoring market," said Matt Robinson, Founder and Managing Partner of Heroic Ventures. "The Totum team has unmatched LPWA communications technical expertise and we are thrilled to support them."
"We see Totum's deep communications expertise and DMSS technology as highly differentiated from other players who come to the market as a pure satellite industry orientation," said Tom Ingersoll, Managing Director of Space Capital.
Report: Financial institutions face cloud-based threats
Over one year into the pandemic, different financial institutions report costly consequences to falling short of protecting their data storage from cloud-based attacks and network disruptions. The report is based on more than 800 responses from IT professionals working in the financial services industry in North America, Latin America, Europe, and the Asia-Pacific region.
- Data breaches are an increasingly significant cost burden for the industry: Worldwide, financial firms that experienced a data breach reported estimated average losses of roughly $4.2 million per attack, with U.S. organisations hit hardest at $4.7 million in estimated losses.
- Network outages also result in costly burdens: Institutions lose an estimated $3.2 million on average with Asia-Pacific followed by European institutions carrying the heaviest losses at $4.3 million and $3.1 million respectively.
- The industry remains a popular target for cloud-based attacks: Over half of all organisations (54%) surveyed suffered a data breach in the last 12 months with 49% plagued by a cloud malware attack as well.
- Cloud and network-based attacks will continue to be a major threat vector: More than 50% of respondents expect to face a combination of IoT attacks, cloud vulnerabilities including misconfigurations, and data manipulation attempts over the next 12 months.
- Threat resolution teams are embracing network visibility for security hygiene: Globally, network monitoring (76%), threat intelligence (64%), and threat hunting (57%) are considered the most effective mitigation tactics against these threats.
Even before the pandemic, tech companies were increasingly seeking moves to the cloud. The COVID-19 crisis has accelerated the adoption of cloud computing by the financial sector as part of its process of digitalisation. As companies transition and move data, there can be a lack of protection due to a number of factors such as undertrained staff and insufficient firewalls.
“The financial services sector has long been a target for bad actors who are following the cyber money trail into the cloud,” said Anthony James, VP of Product Marketing at Infoblox. “As the pandemic pushed IT infrastructures to rely on remote work, cloud-based technologies that enabled digital transformation also created soft spots for cyber criminals to exploit.”
“This report shows us that cloud compromise has become the biggest cybersecurity issue for financial institutions and the investments they are making to protect themselves,” James continued.