Don Listwin’s resume includes a 10-year stint at Cisco Systems. But Don doesn’t talk much about his past gigs as he’s squarely focused on his current role, leading Sana Security, a developer of malware defense technology.
Don says that he’s put in about $5 million into the San Mateo, Calif.-based company, which is expected to announce today that he’s been named CEO. The company also plans to disclose today that it has closed a $12 million Series E round with funding from El Dorado Ventures, Bay Partners and additional funding by Don, who first became a board member and an individual investor in 2004.
Sana Security is a little bit of a departure for Don. Though he was the No. 2 exec at Cisco and was previously CEO of the software company Openwave, Don has mostly been focused on investing in biotech companies, particularly those that are dedicated to cancer research. About three years ago, Don founded the Canary Foundation, a nonprofit that addresses the imbalance in cancer research, particularly the early detection of cancer.
As for Sana Security, which is focused on the early detection of security breaches, Don says that the Series E was raised in two $6 million chunks and is the last funding round for the company’s current strategy. Speaking of which, Don says that the company has partnered with Earthlink to bring its security technology to consumers, and he expects growth internationally, especially in Taiwan, where PC makers are becoming more accepting of incorporating security technology.