Cylance Inc. is a software firm that develops antivirus programs and other kinds of computer software that prevent, rather than reactively detect, viruses and malware.

Cylance is the first company to apply artificial intelligence, algorithmic science and machine learning to cyber security and improve the way companies, governments and end users proactively solve the world's most difficult security problems.

Cylance was founded in 2012 by Stuart McClure & Ryan Permeh and is based in Irvine, California.

Cylance quickly and accurately identifies what is safe and what is a threat, not just what is in a blacklist or whitelist. By coupling sophisticated math and machine learning with a unique understanding of a hacker's mentality, Cylance provides the technology and services to be truly predictive and preventive against advanced threats.

Cylance's product CylancePROTECT®, is the world's first next-generation antivirus built on artificial intelligence and machine learning.


Cylance was named the SC Magazine Award winner for "Best Emerging Technology"​ in 2015.


Cylance raised funding from top investors including Khosla Ventures, Dell Technologies Capital, Insight Venture Partners, DFJ Growth among others. The company has also acquired Skout Forensics, SpearPoint Security Services & Ridgeway Internet Security to date.


Cylance was acquired by Blackberry for a whopping $1.4B in Nov 16, 2018.



  • Year founded: 2012
  • Funding Info: $297M in 5 funding rounds (Last funding type: Series E)- Cylance has also acquired SpearPoint Security Services, Skout Forensics & Ridgeway Internet Security to date.
  • Yearly Revenue: $120M-$150M (2018)
  • Employee Size: 1000-5000
  • Business Valuation: Acquired for $1.4B in Nov 16, 2018
  • City/Town: Irvine
  • State: California
  • Country: United States
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