Identity verification – who is sitting behind the screen?

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The Polish Bank Association together with the research company Kantar has recently conducted interesting research. In a survey conducted between 13 and 23 April 2021, managers from 100 bank branches were asked what they think about the cybersecurity of banks and their clients. The results that came up were very divided. According to 53 percent of those surveyed over the past year, there has been an increase in the number of violations and attacks. The opposite opinion was expressed by 42 percent. of respondents.

Cyber attacks on the financial sector

The optimism of almost half of the respondents is surprising. It has little to do with facts, i.e. remote work, which creates almost ideal conditions for cybercriminals. Financial institutions are also at risk in this respect, and perhaps above all. As we read in VMware Carbon Black Report 2020, as much as 51 percent. of all attacks in the first half of last year targeted the financial sector.

However, the opinion of as many as 74 percent of those surveyed who claim that the development of new technologies, innovations, artificial intelligence, and machine learning strengthens the cybersecurity of the banking sector is hopeful. Moreover, there are specific actions behind it. Companies spend more and more of their budgets on their IT security strategy. They choose proven technologies, but they also reach for new products that help them stay one step ahead of the increasingly creative cyber criminals.

You can also see sensitivity to solutions that protect the so-called areas that are easier to overcome, i.e., users, employees – ordinary people operating computer applications and systems in banks.

Identity verification

This is good news for us – the Secfense User Access Security Broker gives you exact knowledge of whether the right person is sitting on the other side of the computer monitor and not a thief of the employee’s authenticated identity. The broker does it with the help of strong, multi-factor authentication (MFA), which can be activated quickly and without tampering with the code on all company applications, even if their number reaches several hundred. This is a very important and revolutionary aspect of our technology, as the lack of MFA implementation options was, according to the VMware report, one of the biggest problems for British companies revealed during the pandemic. This is also consistent with Gartner’s forecast that companies that enable remote work without MFA implemented may experience five times more account takeover incidents than those using MFA.

Today, the global approach to MFA (multi-factor authentication) is definitely the key to the effective protection of the organization, which is why ease of implementation is so important in this respect. Secfense broker does not interfere with the application’s codes; it works between the application and the user.

The largest companies have already tested it – we have recently announced the cooperation with BNP Paribas Bank, who was looking for an easy way to scale MFA for financial services. We have implementations at PKP Intercity and a company from the Findia group. What’s next? We focus on increasing sales of the solution in Poland and doubling down on activities in international markets. More on our website and in the Itkey media article.

The CEO and co-founder, Tomasz Kowalski, has nearly 20 years of experience in the sale of IT technology, he was involved in hundreds of hardware and software implementations in large and medium-sized companies from the finance, telecommunications, industry and military sectors. Read More


We are faced with new challenges every day. We must always be one step ahead of the attackers and know what they are going to do before they do it. We are convinced that the User Access Security Broker will bring security to a new level, both for those working at the office and from home. For us, working with Secfense is an opportunity to exchange experience with developers who put great value on out-of-the-box thinking.

Krzysztof Słotwiński

Business Continuity and Computer Security Officer

BNP Paribas Bank Poland

As part of the pre-implementation analysis, we verified that users utilize a wide range of client platforms: desktop computers, laptops, tablets, smartphones, and traditional mobile phones. Each of these devices differs in technological advancement, features, and level of security. Because of this, and also due to the recommendation of the Polish Financial Supervision Authority (UKNF), we decided to introduce additional protection in the form of multi-factor authentication mechanisms based on FIDO. As a result, users of our applications can log in safely, avoiding common cyber threats such as phishing, account takeover, and theft of their own and their clients’ data.

Marcin Bobruk



We are excited to partner with Secfense to enhance our user access security for our web apps. By integrating their User Access Security Broker, we ensure seamless and secure protection for our applications and systems, delivering superior security and convenience to our customers.

Charm Abeywardana

IT & Infrastructure

Visium Networks

Before investing in Secfense, we had the opportunity to talk to its existing clients. Their reactions were unanimous: wow, it’s so easy to use. We were particularly impressed by the fact that implementing their solution does not require the involvement of IT developers. It gives Secfense a huge advantage over the competition, and at the same time opens the door to potential customers who so far were afraid of changes related to the implementation of multi-factor authentication solutions.

Mateusz Bodio

Managing Director


Even when the network and infrastructure are secured enough, social engineering and passwords can be used to gain control of the system by attackers. Multifactor authentication is the current trend. Secfense addresses this and allows you to build zero trust security and upgrade your current systems to passwordless applications within minutes, solving this problem right away,” said Eduard Kučera, Partner at Presto Ventures and cybersecurity expert – former Director in hugely successful Czech multinational cyber security firm Avast.

Eduard Kučera


Presto Ventures

One of the biggest challenges the world is facing today is securing our identity online. That’s why we were so keen to have Secfense in our portfolio. They make it possible to introduce strong authentication in an automated way. Until now, organizations had to selectively protect applications because the deployment of new technology was very hard, or even impossible. With Secfense, the implementation of multi-factor authentication is no longer a problem, and all organizations can use the highest standards of authentication security.

Stanislav Ivanov

Founding Partner

Tera Ventures

Two-factor authentication is known to be one of the best ways to protect against phishing; however, its implementation has always been difficult. Secfense helped us solve that problem. With their security broker, we were able to introduce various 2FA methods on our web applications at once.

Dariusz Pitala

Head of IT