Secfense, an American-Polish-based company, raises $2 million in seed funding from Tera VC, Presto Ventures, and RKKVC. Secfense mission is to eradicate password-related attacks and help organizations transition into a secure and passwordless future. The company achieves that by introducing strong authentication within the entire organization and protecting all systems and applications without a single line of code. The money will be used to build a position on foreign markets, with an emphasis on the UK and the US.
Secfense Mobile U2F / FIDO2 – in simple words, this is the U2F / FIDO2 security key built into your phone. We have built an application that uses the same cryptographic mechanisms as the physical U2F / FIDO2 keys and allows the phone to be used as a cryptographic key for authentication. Hence, Secfense Mobile U2F / FIDO2 is not an app like Google Authenticator or other TOTP apps. Rather, it is a physical U2F / FIDO2 key embedded in a phone.
The Secfense broker was implemented in a company that maintains and develops the largest IT systems in Poland. The broker will help in securing dozens of public institutions with strong authentication.
This feature allows security admin to group users in trusted groups and adjusts their authentication requirements accordingly. This is useful in the case of employees who use multiple MFA-protected applications on a daily basis. Trusted groups significantly increase the user experience.
During the The Zero Trust Interactive Forum Secfense shows its demo and explains how to introduce zero trust and passwordless authentication globally.
Big country-wide media reach out to Secfense for comments about Cybersecurity related subjects. Secfense keeps building a position of a thought leader.
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.
Polish startup cybersecurity company based in Krakow.
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.
Secfense helped one of the top 5 biggest banks in Poland scale multi-factor authentication across entire organization.
IT Key media publishes an article about Secfense.
Secfense was recognized as one of the top 3 automation focused startups from more than 250 contestants from CEE & Turkey.
Security in the new work-from-anywhere world (How to add 2FA to any app) hosted by Thom Langford
Think Big is a long-term program of UPC Polska for entrepreneurs creating and developing based on new technologies and social innovators.
Kerberos provides secure authentication to services over an insecure network. Many organizations use Kerberos as the base for single sign-on.
With more detailed solution descriptions and industries sections.
During the VentureOut program.
During the webinar hosted by CYBEROUX.
The insurers applications got protected with strong authentication and the system administrator got better control over the authentication process security.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
With one of the largest transportation company in Poland
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.
Secfense provides a recordable, manageable and secure connection for a large number of users to the external web applications.
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.
The largest cybersecurity fair in the CEE region
Secfense selected to participate in the V4 Startup Force acceleration program
Startup Pitch during CyberTechEurope in Rome, Italy
Baillie Gifford Discovery Competition for startups in Kraków
Pitching for enterprise customers and investors during Krynica Economic Forum 2019
Secfense has launched sites dedicated to vertical industries (healthcare, financial services, corporate)
The producer of biometric hardware. Adding Secfense to its solution partners list allows Cherry customers to take advantage of WebAuthn 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.
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.
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.
Podcast with one of ‘top 10 information security influencers’ Paul Asadoorian.
Secfense listed as one of the Top 10 Multi-Factor Authentication Solution Providers in Europe 2019
Live demo for healthcare audience during DMEA show in Berlin. Pitch competition results in starting some interesting talks that will lead to future partnership.
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.
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.
The software company from South Africa.
In London in front of +1,000 audience from fintech industry.
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.
And building a first version of an admin dashboard.
TOTP-based methods (e.g. Google Authenticator or Microsoft Authenticator) are now available for codeless and scalable deployment.
A tool allowing to deploy U2F security keys (e.g. Yubikey or Feitian) to any web app without coding.
Soon after the succeful demo for the Bitspiration Booster, a startup accelerator that becomes first investor of Secfense for the seed round.
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).
Tomek and Marcin work together to come up with the first concept of user access security broker. First MVP is made.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Business Continuity and Computer Security Officer
BNP Paribas Bank Poland
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.
Head of IT