Secfense Timeline

Secfense Timeline

Here are the most important milestones that we have taken
since Secfense has been established. Here's our way to the passwordless future.

2021
2021/7

Secfense shares its vision of passwordless authentication adoption for the first time. During the The Zero Trust Interactive Forum Secfense shows its demo and explains how to introduce zero trust and passwordless authentication globally.

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How to Introduce Passwordless Globally With Secfense
2021/6

Puls Biznesu and Gazeta Wyborcza publishes their articles about Secfense. Big country-wide media reach out to Secfense for comments about Cybersecurity related subjects. Secfense keeps building a position of a thought leader.

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BNP Paribas
2021/5

Secfense was recognized by Miesięcznik Gazeta Bankowa as one of the most interesting vendors of banking technology in 2021. Tomasz Kowalski, CEO & cofounder received a recommendation from the jury for User Access Security Broker a solution that paves the way for passwordless authentication in big organizations.

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2021/4

BNP Paribas Bank Polska has started the cooperation with Secfense, a Polish startup cybersecurity company based in Krakow.

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BNP Paribas
2021/3

Krzysztof Góźdź joins the Secfense team to drive sales and new business development. Krzysztof has more than 20 years of experience in Information Technology & Services sales and has previously worked for IBM and Hewlett-Packard bringing on board enterprise customers and cooperating with them.

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2021/1

Nearly 100 banking apps protected with Strong Authentication. Secfense helped one of the top 5 biggest banks in Poland scale multi-factor authentication across entire organization.

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Banking apps
2020
2020/12

Polish Cyber Security Startup Secfense Is Looking to Expand in the UK IT Key media publishes an article about Secfense.

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Polish Cyber Security
2020/12

UiPath Automation Awards - the finalist and audience choice winner. Secfense was recognized as one of the top 3 automation focused startups from more than 250 contestants from CEE & Turkey.

UiPath Automation Awards
2020/11

Webinar for the UK audience: Security in the new work-from-anywhere world (How to add 2FA to any app) hosted by Thom Langford

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Webinar for UK
2020/11

UPC Think Big: Think Digital - semifinalist. Think Big is a long-term program of UPC Polska for entrepreneurs creating and developing based on new technologies and social innovators.

UPC tree
2020/10

Secfense Supports Kerberos Authentication. Kerberos provides secure authentication to services over an insecure network. Many organizations use Kerberos as the base for single sign-on.

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Kerberos
2020/09

New website in EN and PL with more detailed solution descriptions and industries sections.

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2020/07

Secfense pitching for New York customers during the VentureOut program.

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2020/06

Secfense shows its technology to UAE customers during the webinar hosted by CYBEROUX.

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2020/06

Secfense is deployed in one of the insurance companies in Poland. The insurers applications got protected with strong authentication and the system administrator got better control over the authentication process security.

2020/05

Secfense is invited to run a webinar at Data Protection Academy. This time Marcin Szary from Secfense has introduced FIDO alliance to a webinar audience and explained how to take advantage of a phishing-resistant web authentication standard called FIDO2.

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2020/04

Two big banks sign up for tests with Secfense After initial remote work crisis was handled more and more companies decide to reach out for strong authentication solutions. Two globally known banks reach out to Secfense to test our product.

2020/04

Remote work accelerates the interest in Secfense User Access Security Broker Due to the forced work-from-home our inbound traffic grows and Secfense is invited to to test drive our solution at one global insurence company.

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2020/03

Secfense is invited to host a webinar together with Zaufana Trzecia Strona - one of the most renowned and respectable cybersecurity portal in Poland. Within 2 days more than 450 people registers to the the webinar and the interest about fast MFA deployment exceeds our expectations. In result of it two PoCs are scheduled just days after the webinar.

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2020/03

Secfense is recognized by AVLab as a company that can play an important role in making 2FA adoption much easier. The story was originally published on the AVLab website in Polish and is now also available in the English version on our blog

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2020/02

Secfense is invited to cooperate on creating a cybersecurity report by Xopero Software. Secfense creates content related to MFA to the report that is then distributed to the majority of cybersecurity specialists and new technology decision makers in Poland.

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2020/01

Partnership with Nitrokey to scale FIDO2 in enterprises and SMEs. The story behind Nitrokey goes back to 2008 when the founder and CEO Jan Suhr with some of his friends decided to create an open-source USB key called “Crypto Stick”. This initially non-profit open-source project evolved to become one of the top companies specializing in open source security hardware.

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2020/01

Secfense wins a deal with one of the largest transportation company in Poland

2020/01

Full Site Protection. Secfense can protect the entire application now. By default, Secfense User Access Security Broker stands before the application and strengthens the user authentication process. With the most recent upgrade a person on the client site can now set up Secfense to be placed one step earlier, protecting not only the login process, but the entire application.

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2019
2019/12

PoC for a large IT organization from the public sector. Secfense provides a recordable, manageable and secure connection for a large number of users to the external web applications.

2019/11

PoC for a large e-commerce business. Secfense protects the connection of a large number of users from external locations to applications in a shared data center. The goal was to replace the VPN with a solution that does not require installation of plugins on the application or client side.

2019/10
Moving to a new location.

The lecture during the CyberSecExpo in Katowice, Poland, the largest cybersecurity fair in the CEE region

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2019/10

Secfense selected to participate in the V4 Startup Force acceleration program

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2019/09

Startup Pitch during CyberTechEurope in Rome, Italy

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2019/09

Baillie Gifford Discovery Competition for startups in Kraków

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2019/09

Pitching for enterprise customers and investors during Krynica Economic Forum 2019

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2019/07

Secfense has launched sites dedicated to vertical industries (healthcare, financial services, corporate)

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2019/07

Starting a partnership with Cherry GmbH, the producer of biometric hardware. Adding Secfense to its solution partners list allows Cherry customers to take advantage of WebAuthn standard.

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2019/06

Introducing a new web authentication standard (also known as FIDO2/WebAuthn) into Secfense User Access Security Broker. WebAuthn is a standard that allows local authenticators (smartphones and biometric hardware) to be used in authentication process instead of passwords.

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2019/06

Secfense has pitched at Heart Summit in Warsaw for corporate r&d specialists introducing Webauthn. This results in getting an invitation to a private event Ballie Gifford Discovery Competition and various follow-up calls with corporate customers.

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2019/06

Secfense has pitched at Pirate Summit in Cologne for top European VCs. This results in new venture capital funds showing interest in our startup and scheduling some follow up meetings for the next funding round.

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2019/05

Interview on the Security Weekly podcast with one of 'top 10 information security influencers' Paul Asadoorian.

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2019/05

Secfense listed as one of the Top 10 Multi-Factor Authentication Solution Providers in Europe 2019

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2019/04

Live demo for healthcare audience during DMEA show in Berlin. Pitch competition results in starting some interesting talks that will lead to future partnership.

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2019/04

Participation in a pitch competition during Forum Innowacji in Tarnów. This results in Secfense being selected to Małopolska Startup Rocket program that gives us free participation in a technology show in Milan in 2020 and an opportunity to pitch during Economic Forum in Krynica later in 2019.

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2019/03

Secfense introduces microauthorizations.

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2019/03

Starting a partnership with Advatech, the software company from Poland. Advatech sales team becomes the extension of Secfense offering Secfense User Access Security Broker to their new and existing customers.

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2019/03
Starting a partnership with Palanto, the software company from South Africa.
2019/02

Secfense gives live demo at Finovate in London in front of +1,000 audience from fintech industry.

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2018
2018/10

Moving from a MVP to production version of Secfense User Access Security Broker

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2018/10

Antoni Sikora joins the team to become a person responsible for international outreach, growing sales and new business development. Antoni has previously worked for big software house as well as US-based marketing startups.

Antoni Sikora
2018/07

Introducing reporting functionalities into an MVP and building a first version of an admin dashboard.

2018/05

MVP is developed with new functionality. TOTP-based methods (e.g. Google Authenticator or Microsoft Authenticator) are now available for codeless and scalable deployment.

2018/03

First MVP is made. A tool allowing to deploy U2F security keys (e.g. Yubikey or Feitian) to any web app without coding.

2018/03

The company is officially founded and registered soon after the succeful demo for the Bitspiration Booster, a startup accelerator that becomes first investor of Secfense for the seed round.

Bitspiration
2018/03

Secfense receives funding and expert guidance from Bitspiration Booster: Paulina Mazurek & Wojciech Burkot (ex-Googlers who established Google R&D Center in Krakow, angel investors), Andrzej Targosz (experienced founder and investor), Oskar Grzegorczyk (supported IT & shared services growth in the region).

Paulina Mazurek
Andrzej Targosz
Wojciech Burkot
Oskar Grzegorczyk
2018/01

Idea behind Secfense is born. Tomek and Marcin work together to come up with the first concept of user access security broker. First MVP is made.

Crunchbase

Marcin Szary
Tomasz Kowalski

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Testimonials

„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 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 Polska

“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

MPEC S.A.