Secfense on the list of startups worth paying attention to in 2022

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LoveKrakó has selected 5 promising startups in Krakow that are worth paying attention to in 2022. Secfense was also among the most interesting five.

Secfense, a promising startup from Krakow

While it’s no surprise that most startups usually have their headquarters in the capital, there are also cases where interesting tech companies are born elsewhere. This is also the case of Secfense, a startup that was founded in 2018 by Marcin Szary and Tomasz Kowalski.

Marcin Szary

Marcin is one of the co-founders and CTO of Secfense. He has been building his experience in the field of new technologies since 2005, specializing in IT security, digital identity management, and access control.

In his career, Marcin has advised many startups in the area of mobile, telecom, and cybersecurity. He is the originator and creator of the security tool, that was recognized by Orange Polska as the most innovative solution of a startup competition. Marcin is also a finalist of the Visegrad Group competition (Silicon Valley V4 Tech Match), which resulted in participation in a mini-accelerator in the Silicon Valley.

Tomasz Kowalski

The second of the co-founders of Secfense is Tomasz Kowalski, CEO. Tomasz has been building his experience in selling IT technologies since 2003. Tomasz has participated in hundreds of hardware and software implementations in large and medium-sized companies from the financial, telecommunications, industrial and military sectors.

Tomasz and Marcin met in 2003, collaborating many times on various IT projects. In 2018 they finally decided to join forces and create Secfense.

Tomasz Kowalski and Marcin Szary cofounders of Secfense
Tomasz Kowalski and Marcin Szary are the co-founders of Secfense

Secfense Vision

Secfense vision is the future without passwords. Today we are forced to use dozens of passwords every day. Social media, e-mail, or internet banking. At every step, we are asked to enter a password.

But passwords are a terrible security measure. They are painful to remember and difficult to keep safe. They are also downright ineffective – password databases are stolen on a daily basis, and most passwords can be cracked in just a few seconds.

The technology that Marcin and Tomasz built with the team they created enables companies to eliminate passwords and replace them with much stronger and easier methods of data protection.

5 promising startups in Krakow

Secfense’s vision has been noticed by the editors of the LoveKrakó portal. This vision was also believed by Secfense clients, such as BNP Paribas bank or PKP Intercity, who decided to use the User Access Security Broker to secure their data. The list of 5 promising startups also includes companies such as Airly, NovaKid, NanoGames, Shape.Care. Interestingly, two out of five startups have the same investor. Bitspiration Booster VC invested in both Secfense and Airly, believing in the founders’ vision when it only existed on paper.

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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