Cyber Security

AI security platform Mindgard scores major hire from unicorn Snyk

Benji Weber joins Mindgard as VP Engineering from cybersecurity unicorn

Mindgard, the cybersecurity startup specialising in protecting businesses’ AI, GenAI, and LLM solutions, today announced that Benji Weber has joined the company as Vice President of Engineering. Weber was previously a senior engineering leader at Snyk, the rapidly-growing cybersecurity unicorn valued at over $8 billion.

At Snyk, Weber led engineering teams across the company’s software composition analysis (SCA), static application security testing (SAST), and security research products. He brings over 15 years of experience building and scaling engineering organisations, primarily in high-growth cybersecurity and cloud startups.

In his new role at Mindgard, Weber will spearhead development of the company’s groundbreaking AI security platform. This first-of-its-kind full-stack solution enables enterprises to safely build and deploy AI systems by automatically identifying and mitigating vulnerabilities through penetration testing, threat detection, and protective countermeasures.

Benji Weber, Vice President of Engineering at Mindgard, said: “As businesses rush to capitalise on the immense potential of AI, they are exposing themselves to new and poorly understood cybersecurity risks. Mindgard is pioneering a completely new product category that will be critical for the secure adoption of AI across all industries. I’m thrilled to join this mission to make AI safely accessible to all.”

Peter Garraghan, CEO and co-founder of Mindgard, hailed the hire as a major coup: “Benji is a visionary engineering leader who has built core security capabilities used by millions. His experience scaling Snyk’s product suite from early-stage to enterprise readiness will be invaluable as we rapidly grow Mindgard into the definitive platform for AI security.”

Prior to Snyk, Weber held executive roles including at advertising technology firm Unruly (now Nexxen, part of Tremor International). He is a computer science graduate of the University of Warwick.

Mindgard recently launched a free tool called AI Security Labs that allows security teams to conduct penetration testing against a range of AI vulnerabilities, from data poisoning to model theft. The fast-growing startup has raised €3.5 million from leading investors including IQ Capital and Lakestar to capitalise on the rapidly expanding market for AI security solutions.

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