250 - 500 employees
Series D+

Lookout Company Overview

Protecting your devices, data, and privacy.

In 2004, Lookout founders John Hering, Kevin Mahaffey, and James Burgess discovered a security vulnerability involving Bluetooth signals and Nokia mobile phones. When Nokia downplayed the significance of the security hole, the three of them took action.

They created the Blue Sniper, a gun-shaped microphone that could pull in Bluetooth signals from 1.2 miles away. Hering and Mahaffey then pointed their gun at the 2005 Academy Awards, hacking sensitive phone data from hundreds of movie stars to illustrate the importance of mobile security. They happened upon a team from the New York Times, who brought our story to the world.

Ever since, Lookout has taken a mobile-first approach to security. Today, Lookout protects mobility for some of the world's largest enterprises, critical government agencies, and tens of millions of individuals worldwide. We've achieved this by partnering with leaders in the mobile ecosystem globally, and we're only getting started.

At Lookout, we're laser-focused on creating mobile-first, cloud-first products not just for IT administrators and CISOs, but individuals as well. The promise of secure mobility is now a reality—the basis for trust in a world without data borders.

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Lookout is a different kind of typical security company. We're driven by finding creative and novel ways to solve the mobile security challenges our customers face. Every day we use our unique dataset to find insights, then we use those insights to help shape our products. The products we build deliver value to customers and protect the privacy of end-users. Making the world safer as it becomes more connected is what drives life at Lookout.

Build Trust


Build Trust

Relationships are paramount to any successful company — at Lookout we focus on building trust with new and established colleagues by bringing competence, reliability, and good intentions to everything we do. We are straightforward and communicate transparently, delivering good news with grace and bad news quickly and constructively

Put Customers First


Put Customers First

We have the privilege of solving real problems that are vital to our customers' success. Our focus is delivering products and customer interactions that lead to amazing results. We invest in learning our customer's needs and going all out to exceed their expectations and invest in long term relationships. The only way to win is through customer trust, and so building that trust always comes first.

Be Bold


Be Bold

To have an impact for our customers, we want to solve problems that matter. We innovate in ways that defy the status quo by boldly delivering simple solutions to complex problems. Being bold is how we're able to have a huge impact for our customers, and how we'll continue to transform the markets we serve by solving real problems.

Commit to Excellence


Commit to Excellence

Purpose is at the heart of Lookout. We have a strong work ethic and deliver quality, knowing both are vital to achieving our goals. Each one of us brings our best every day and we constantly seek new ways of improving by asking how we improve with each iteration. This is how we embrace change, learn from it, and become better.

Be Accountable


Be Accountable

We hold ourselves accountable for driving extraordinary outcomes for our colleagues, customers, partners, and shareholders. We stay focused on the same goals by setting clear expectations, engaging in thoughtful discussions, and committing to decisions once they’ve been made.

Alex Gladd - Lookout Employee
Alex Gladd
Forward Deployed Engineer, Sales

Why is what you do important?

I think protecting people as they use their mobile devices on a daily basis is important. I don’t think I would go a day without having my device with me and I don’t really know anybody who would these days. I think today there’s more exposure to attacks and compromises than ever before, for both people and organizations. I also love supporting our team. There’s an awful lot of work that needs to be done and a limited number of people with the right skillset out there... READ FULL EMPLOYEE SPOTLIGHT

Heinzel Factora - Lookout Employee
Heinzel Factora
Staff Technical Program Manager

What is one of your favorite projects you’ve worked on at Lookout?

I’ve been really lucky because I’ve worked on a lot of projects in my time here, but the last big program I worked on was our Mobile Threat Protection launch to the public. It’s one of my favorites because when I joined the team, it was only made up of eight or nine people. Now, that team has grown to around 40 people with four different Scrum teams, and I got to be there through that growth. It was an opportunity to really shape the team and the product.This was a brand new, and very important project and product for us. Alongside the team, I got to identify what Mobile Threat Protection would look like in terms of features and functionality set, and helped determine the schedule and drove the delivery... READ FULL EMPLOYEE SPOTLIGHT

Stephanie Shupe - Senior Software Engineer at Lookout
Stephanie Shupe
Senior Software Engineer

How has your team helped you or what is one of your favorite memories/anecdotes from the team?

One of the biggest skills my team helped me learn was testing. I hadn’t gotten into a habit of code testing when I first came out of my boot camp program years ago. I had done a little bit of it, but my team, and Lookout, really demands that code work as well as possible before it ever gets into quality assurance’s hands. They helped me set up tests, which changed the way I looked at writing my code. Here’s how it works: the product team gives us the expectations for that product or feature. You take those expectations and write them into your test. Effectively your code is going to fail all of those expectations at first, but then one by one you make them pass and can rest at the end knowing that your project works the way you wanted. It’s not a complete failsafe, but it’s a cool method of writing code that I learned solidly from my team. The nice thing is, Lookout’s whole engineering organization uses the same kind of methodology, so if you transfer teams like I did, you can carry your coding practice with you. That’s something I’m really thankful for....READ FULL EMPLOYEE SPOTLIGHT

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December 5, 2018
Mike Murray, Chief Security Officer, LookoutAhead of the 2018 midterm elections, we saw a record number of campaigns use mobile devices as an easy way to reach voters. In fact, NBC reporter, David Ingram reported earlier this year that,“Political campaigns and parties say they’re sending many more texts this year than in past elections as they search for alternatives to social media. Those efforts have been boosted by newly popular software that allows volunteers to send thousands of texts...
July 16, 2018
Vijaya Kaza, Chief Development Officer, LookoutDid you remember to include mobile device security in your budget? If your company is like the majority of organizations in the world, the priority of your security budget is securing your company’s network, data centers, email and endpoint devices such as laptops and desktops. Too often, cyber security plans overlook a significant risk that arises from the organization’s new cyber-attack surfaces: mobile devices and tablets.Mobile devices are...
June 1, 2018
Aaron Cockerill, Chief Strategy Officer, LookoutThe dawn of the European Union General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is upon us, but organizations are overlooking the risk of mobile devices. The cost for non-compliance is steep. For example, if the Equifax breach occurred under GDPR, it is estimated that its fine would have been more than $120 million.It is no wonder that 77 percent of organizations surveyed by PwC planned to spend $1 million or more on GDPR compliance. Yet a recent Gartne...
April 10, 2018
No longer are emails the only point of attack in mobile phishing attempts.Aaron Cockerill, Chief Strategy Officer, LookoutA clever SMS phishing attempt has been making the rounds on Twitter. In this real-life scenario, the attacker sends a text message asking a user if they requested a Google password reset for their Gmail, and to reply with “STOP” if they did not. Once the user replies with “STOP,” the attacker sends another message,“Confirm the 6 digit numerical code to STOP the pa...