Cyber security is an arms race with talent and technology at the helm – the side that employs the most advanced and intelligent resources will ultimately win.
– Jay Kaplan, CEO

About Us

Founded in 2013 by security experts Jay Kaplan and Mark Kuhr, Synack is redefining traditional models of security testing through revolutionary technology and innovative thinking. Our aim is to provide customers a scalable, continuous, hacker-powered intelligence platform that uncovers security vulnerabilities that often remain undetected by traditional pen testers and scanners. We call it Crowd Security Intelligence™, and it’s enabling some of the largest organizations in the world to fix security holes in their digital assets before criminal hackers exploit them.

With headquarters in Redwood City, California, Synack is a global organization with regional presence in cities around the US, UK, The Netherlands, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, and France. Our Synack Red team researchers represent over 40 countries around the world.

Synack launched in May 2013.
And a lot has happened since then.

May 2013

Jay Kaplan and Mark Kuhr leave the NSA and launch the industry’s first solution to safely crowdsource vulnerability intelligence

August 2013

Synack Secures $1.5M in Seed Funding

April 2014

Synack Secures $7.5M of Funding in Series A Round, Led by KPCB

February 2015

Synack Closes $25M in Series B Funding, Co-Led by GGV Capital and Icon Ventures, Joining KPCB

April 2015

Jay Kaplan, Synack CEO, named on the Forbes 30 Under 30

May 2015

Synack places #21 - and the only cybersecurity company - on the CNBC Disruptor 50 list

October 2015

Synack Launches Hydra - Pairing Dynamic Human Expertise with Innovative Vulnerability Intelligence Platform

June 2016

Synack moved up to #20 on the 2016 CNBC Disruptor 50 list

September 2016

The US Department of Defense awards crowdsourced security contract to Synack as part of their “Hack the Pentagon” program

February 2017

Releases Coverage Analytics - Providing customers with real-time data and visibility in testing reports

February 2017

“Hack the Pentagon” proves to be a successful program, as researchers find critical vulnerabilities in a matter of hours in a Defense Digital Service system

March 2017

Synack closes $21 million in Series C Funding, Backed by Microsoft, HP Enterprise, and Singtel

Meet Our Team

Synack: What's in a Name?


To make a handshake work, two individuals have to reach out and acknowledge one another. Same goes for a digital TCP-handshake.

There are three steps in this handshake — Syn, Syn-ack, & Ack — required to negotiate and establish a TCP session between two computers. Much like the power of a human handshake, this connection creates a path for the transfer of information or data, which is at the core of our business.