Safety Detectives: Please share your company background, how you got started, and your mission.
Secfense: The company was founded in 2018 as a response to a ‘password problem’. Year by year there have been more password leaks and breaches and passwords stopped being a secure way to protect data. We have developed a technology called User Access Security Broker to solve the problem related to weak, stolen, and compromised passwords. We help big organizations replace passwords with stronger and easier authentication methods at scale on all applications and for all users.
SD: What is the main service your company offers?
Secfense: Our core technology is called Secfense User Access Security Broker. UASB is a technology that is especially useful for big enterprises as it helps protect all applications and all users at scale against phishing and credential theft. It is also extremely useful when it comes to protecting remote employees and contractors so when the pandemic happened and MFA started to be a must our product became even more important and useful.
SD: What is something unique that helps you stay ahead of your competition?
Secfense: We are approaching a very old problem of secure authentication in a slightly different way than other cybersecurity and software development companies. Most companies use password protection, some of them use security tokens or multi-factor authentication. We take a step further and deliver a full package of strong authentication methods in minutes.
We are a multi-factor authentication enabler (broker), meaning that our security broker enables every method of MFA available on the market, and enables it on a spot, with just a couple of clicks. No matter if our customer wants to protect its apps with:
- TOTP (one-time passwords)
Authenticating apps (like Google Authenticator)
Biometrics (devices with fingerprints or voice recognition)
Security Keys (U2F/ FIDO2 keys)
- or any other authentication method
All these methods come in bundles and can be enabled on any web app that our customers control.
This results in:
- fast and easy scaling of protection to all the apps within the organization and therefore
- unified security policies for the whole company
That’s the main thing that makes us different since the majority of companies that approach this problem approach it from a software development perspective. Meaning that the enablement of MFA requires redesigning application code one by one, and only one MFA method is then enabled.
Secfense enables all the methods on all the apps within the organization with the use of User Access Security Broker.
SD: What do you think are the worst cyberthreats today?
Secfense: The biggest challenge that companies face these days is to adopt the whole organization to a zero-trust security model. Threats can come from various different vectors, it is the role of the security team to protect them all, and zero trust helps with that.