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Teleskope today launched a data protection platform that automates data security, privacy, and compliance at scale, helping organizations comply with regulations like GDPR and CCPA, and reduce the manual and operation burden on security, data, and engineering teams. The company raised $2.2 million in pre-seed funding led by Lerer Hippeau.

Unlike typical Data Security Posture Management (DSPM) approaches that often result in alert fatigue due to valuable time wasted on false positives, Teleskope uses artificial intelligence (AI) – specifically Large Language Models (LLM) – to provide actionable insights with greater accuracy. The company’s data protection software integrates with existing workflows and developer pipelines, giving engineers the ability to automate security at the source.

By minimizing false positives and providing context around the data, Teleskope empowers organizations to focus on genuine vulnerabilities – streamlining their security and privacy operations while significantly reducing risk – particularly important at a time when data breaches and privacy incidents are increasing, along with fines for improper handling of data.

Founded by two former Airbnb security engineers, Elizabeth Nammour and Julie Trias, Teleskope brings the combination of expertise and fresh perspective to the issue of data security. Prior to starting Teleskope, the co-founders wrestled with the problem of constant manual assessments, and reviews that become obsolete as soon as they’re completed. They recognized the need to replace point-in-time spreadsheets and ad hoc scripts with automation that provides a real-time and always up-to-date data security and privacy posture.

“With the increasing use of generative AI causing even more data leaks, privacy is becoming even more of a concern. And we know from our work at Airbnb that data classification products don’t work the way they should – too many false-positives, a lack of contextual understanding, and an inability to scale and integrate causes alert fatigue and puts critical data at risk. “Now more than ever, privacy and security concerns are escalating due to the widespread use of generative AI,” said Elizabeth Nammour, co-founder and CEO of Teleskope. “Teleskope helps customers automate security and privacy saving them valuable time, while simultaneously reducing risk. From detection to remediation, Teleskope can be easily integrated in developer pipelines to help prevent and resolve data security vulnerabilities.”

Teleskope supports structured and unstructured data stores across popular cloud platforms such as AWS, GCP, and Snowflake, as well as third-party SaaS, identifying over 100 data types, including personal, payment, healthcare, and sensitive data.

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