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Spectrum Equity Leads Investment in Offensive Security to Grow Community of Highly Skilled Penetration Testers


Funding by Spectrum Equity, Joined by TenEleven Ventures, to Be Used
to Accelerate Growth of Industry-Leading Training and Certification
Programs and to Support the Kali Linux Open Source Project

, the leading provider of online penetration testing
training and certification, today announced that it received a growth
investment from Spectrum
, with participation by TenEleven
. The company will use the investment to expand and evolve
its industry-defining security training and certifications, virtual lab
offerings and to support the Kali
open source project and community.

Offensive Security was founded in 2007 on the belief that the primary
means to achieve sound defensive security is through an offensive
approach. The company created the first practical, hands-on online
penetration testing certification programs that are highly-respected by
both employers and employees alike. Thirty percent of Fortune 1000
companies employ Offensive Security Certified Professionals (OSCP), who
have passed its rigorous certification programs.

Offensive Security also offers innovative virtual labs, giving users
safe virtual network environments designed to be attacked by course
takers to complement training courses and sharpen penetration testing
skills. Additionally, Offensive Security funds and maintains important
community projects, including the open source Kali Linux distribution,
the leading operating system used by millions of penetration testers
around the world.

"Our goal from the beginning has been to close the gap between the
defensive and offensive security fields," said Mati Aharoni, the founder
of Offensive Security. "We're proud of the growth of the company and our
global community, but there's more work to do." Joe Steinbach, CEO of
Offensive Security, added "Spectrum Equity's funding enables us to
accelerate investment and reflects our commitment to delivering
market-leading products and services, including ensuring that Kali Linux
remains freely available to the community forever – now with greater
resources behind it."

Offensive Security's courses and certifications have become an industry
standard as information security professionals increasingly recognize
the importance of penetration testing skills to advance in their
careers. According to Indeed's
2017 year-end report
, within technology jobs, the OSCP certification
ranked in the top 10 of the fastest growing skills for job seekers and
was the only information security-related skill on the list. These
professionals are also highly sought-after by organizations across the
private and public sectors to help better protect their organizations.
According to the same Indeed report, OSCP is the fourth fastest growing
technology skill in demand among employers.

"Offensive Security's unique online training courses develop hands-on
penetration testing skills, and this gives its certifications unmatched
credibility," said Adam Margolin, Managing Director at Spectrum Equity.
"The company was created by the community for the community, and we are
excited to continue this mission going forward."

About Spectrum Equity

Spectrum Equity is a leading growth equity firm providing capital and
strategic support to innovative companies in the information economy.
For 25 years, the firm has partnered with proven entrepreneurs and
management teams to build long-term value in market-leading software,
information services and Internet companies. Representative investments
include Ancestry, Bats Global Markets, GoodRx, Grubhub,,
SurveyMonkey, Teachers Pay Teachers, Verafin and World-Check. For more
information, visit

About Offensive Security

Offensive Security is the leading provider of online penetration testing
training and certification for information security professionals.
Created by the community for the community, Offensive Security's
one-of-a-kind mix of practical, hands-on training and certification
programs, virtual labs and open source projects provide practitioners
with the highly-desired offensive skills required to advance their
careers and better protect their organizations. Offensive Security is
committed to funding and growing Kali Linux, the leading operating
system for penetration testing, ethical hacking and network security
assessments. For more information, visit
and follow @offsectraining
and @kalilinux.

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