Island, a new online browser built for enterprise security, launched out of stealth Tuesday with nearly $100 million in funding to date. Early-stage investors include Insight Partners, Stripes, Sequoia Capital and Cyberstarts.
An “enterprise browser” with cybersecurity in mind, Island allows companies to have better security control, visibility and governance of their employees’ online activity. Instead of trusting consumer browsers with company data that may be unintentionally leaked, Island is an internet browser with the core needs of an enterprise already built into the browser itself.
“For decades, organizations have globally utilized consumer browsers in the corporate computing environment,” Island co-founder and CEO Mike Fey said in a statement. “These organizations require strong control and governance, which consumer browsers were never built to deliver. Island uniquely provides manageability, control, security and enhanced productivity features from within the browser itself, while users enjoy a familiar browsing experience. We envision the enterprise browser fundamentally improving not just security, but enterprise work itself.”
With remote and hybrid work models here to stay, the ability to strengthen enterprise security is more important than ever. Island’s enterprise browser helps security teams better secure SaaS and internal web applications, preventing data leakages and other security threats.
“The browser is the office where today’s hybrid workforce lives,” Island co-founder and CTO Dan Amiga said in a statement. “We have engineered the enterprise browser to be the platform for the future of their work. It begins by redefining how an organization secures its work but will positively impact endless needs across information technology.”
After two years of hard work, Island released its product in September of 2021 to a number of early customers, including some of the Fortune 500 businesses, according to a company statement.
Island told Built In it has hired roughly 100 employees, 25 of which are tied to its Dallas headquarters with the remaining 75 based in Tel Aviv. The company plans to use its funding to grow its team and fuel go-to-market strategies. Island is currently hiring positions on its engineering, product, sales and marketing teams as well as other areas.
“Island is very proud of making Dallas our worldwide headquarters,” Fey told Built In via an email. “We built our new Dallas headquarters office to be sized for over 100 people, which we believe will satisfy our local demand for the next two years.”