How to Break the Vendor Lock-in and Improve Your Data Security

How to break from vendor lock-in and improve data security?

Vendor Lock-in

One of the most unpleasant feelings in life is when you realize your technology provider just vacuumed up all your money and then pats you on the shoulder. Vendor lock-in has been one of the worst things that can happen to a company as they are stuck with only one option for their business needs, which often leads them to an unhappy relationship or long-term headache!

It’s important not only to choose wisely but also to assess whether this contract will work out well over time, so don’t get sucked into buying something simply because it looks good at first glance!

What is the vendor lock-in?

Vendor lock-in can be a serious issue for businesses that rely heavily on third-party providers. The pain points are that once you’ve invested time and money into one vendor, it becomes nearly impossible to switch them given how much your company relies upon this specific person or team for IT tasks; contract conditions make switching challenging as well, pricing might seem great at first but then turn out not so good in reality.

How to break from vendor lock-in and improve data security with secfense

Why is vendor lock-in a problem in big companies?

In a big company, the risk of being left behind in innovation or competition can have devastating consequences. Smaller businesses are at their mercy when they join forces with software producers who provide them low prices on services for updating and maintenance that quickly become outdated due to new updates coming out every month – even if those changes were made by competitors first! The more time goes by without any fixes being implemented into your system codebase (or whatever project/service you’re working off), then the sooner or later, a competitor will likely take over.

You have a couple of options when it comes to choosing your vendor. You can go with one of the big brands, but they will cost you an arm and leg – or risk flirting with some small vendors who may disappear faster than dot-com bubbles during The 90s!

How can the problem of vendor lock in be solved

How can the problem of vendor lock-in be solved?

Many companies have shifted to cloud platforms to avoid getting locked in with third-party vendors for IT solutions, but cloud solutions have other risks and concerns. It is still impossible to completely avoid vendor lock-in when you rely on a third-party vendor.

How to avoid vendor lock-in problems:

  • Be clear about the entry and exit strategy.
  • Be aware if there’s an auto-renewal strategy offered or mentioned in the contract.
  • If using a service cloud vendor, your applications should be designed to be working with or without the vendor’s infrastructure.
  • It is preferred that you keep the on-premise option open.
  • Always keep a backup vendor in consideration just in case you leave the existing one.

Signing up for a big vendor does not always mean you have to give up all control. And that is especially true when it comes to user access management or data security, which can be easily made independent from any lock-in burdens and free your company of these hassles entirely!

How to set your data security free from the vendor lock-in clinch:

Introducing a Secfense User Access Security Broker, you can easily shape your user access policies and add multiple layers of authorizations without paying millions for the slightest change in the code.

Secfense has completely redefined the way in which application security is delivered. It is still possible to use ‘big guys’ software AND at the same time:

  • keep control over the application’s security
  • unify user access security policies for all the apps and all the users
  • connect to all business apps without VPN while maintaining a high-security level

But how is that done?

Below you can watch how BNP Paribas bank with the use of User Access Security Broker managed to:

  • make application authentication security independent from the application vendor
  • unify banks’ user access policy
  • leveraged Windows Hello authentication mechanisms to protect all applications and users

The demo takes around 5-minutes and shows the complete UASB deployment process. In case some things would still unclear, and questions are unanswered, you can always schedule a discovery call with us here.

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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