Enlightenment Capital backs data protection company

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The investment firm makes another move in the intelligence and cyber domain.

Enlightenment Capital, an investment firm focused on the government market, has backed a provider of intelligence and cybersecurity technologies that work to control data and defend against surveillance.

By backing Ridgeline International, Enlightenment is establishing yet another footing in the intelligence and cyber software domain. Terms of the investment announced Thursday were not disclosed.

This is a similar move to how Enlightenment's investments in companies such as iNovex and IntelliBridge, both of which are technology services providers to national security and law enforcement agencies.

Ridgeline International specifically focuses its product line on protecting against ubiquitous technical intelligence and enabling digital signature management functions for agencies in the defense and intelligence communities.

Ubiquitous technical intelligence refers to the widespread collection of data through visual, imagery electronic communications, financial transactions, domestic and overseas travel, and online presence. Digital signatures are mathematical techniques used to validate the authenticity and integrity of a digital document, message or software.

Ridgeline will use the backing of Enlightenment to support both organic growth pursuits, hiring and acquisitions as part of the company's push to be a larger mid-tier contractor.

Tysons, Virginia-headquartered Ridgeline was founded in 2015 and expanded to Tampa, Florida in early 2023. The company sought closer proximity to clients in Special Operations Command and the large military and veteran population that resides here.