The Polish Geological Institute strengthens digital security thanks to cooperation with Secfense

Polish Geological Institute Chooses Secfense for Enhanced Cybersecurity Protection

The Polish Geological Institute – National Research Institute (PGI-NRI) has decided to enter into strategic cooperation with Secfense, a company specializing in IT security solutions. A key element of this cooperation is the implementation of the User Access Security Broker (UASB) system to secure the Outlook Web App (OWA) platform used by the institute’s employees. UASB enables the integration of multi-factor authentication (MFA), which increases protection against unauthorized access and other cyber threats.

The introduction of UASB into the Outlook Web App system allowed for a significant strengthening of data and communication security at the Polish Geological Institute. Institute employees can now use advanced authentication methods. Thanks to this solution, only verified users have access to the OWA platform, which reduces the risk of data leaks or phishing attacks.

The implementation of the UASB system is one of the elements of implementing the security strategy of our institution. We are fully aware of cyber threats and we see that many organizations are struggling with the effects of cyber attacks today. That’s why protecting the systems our employees use every day is crucial. Our priority is the protection of data – employees, contractors, institutions from around the world with which we cooperate – but also securing the intellectual property of the institute. Thanks to solutions such as UASB, we improve cybersecurity and are better protected against threats. Importantly, we also provide employees with flexibility and convenience. Because they can choose authentication methods themselves, the new, more secure procedure of logging in to the email program is not burdensome for them – explains Grzegorz Suproniuk, head of the IT Department at the Polish Geological Institute.

The Polish Geological Institute – National Research Institute (PIG-PIB) is one of the oldest Polish scientific institutes with nationwide scope. The headquarters in Warsaw and 7 regional units (Gdańsk, Kielce, Kraków, Lublin, Sosnowiec, Szczecin, Wrocław) employ just over 900 people. Each year, the institute cooperates with approximately 200 domestic entities and geological centers from several dozen countries around the world.

Cybersecurity concerns us all. Not only large corporations and banks, but also smaller companies and state institutions. It is worth remembering that cybercriminals have different motives. They are not always interested in extorting a ransom. They often look for company trade secrets or access to sensitive data, previously unpublished research results or expert opinions. State institutions store and exchange a lot of such information. Securing access to them and to communication channels between employees and external entities plays a key role in the process of protecting digital resources – sums up Tomasz Kowalski, co-founder and CEO of Secfense.

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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