25th September 2017
SecurEnvoy, a leading UK based provider of award-winning multifactor authentication (“MFA”) software solutions has continued its international expansion through the opening of their US headquarters, based in Chicago, Illinois, reflecting a strong demand for the business’ MFA software solutions from its North American customer base.
Since the beginning of 2017, SecurEnvoy has increased its US workforce by over 20% with a focus on sales, marketing and technical engineering capability. In addition to the East and West coast offices, SecurEnvoy is now well poised to deliver against its regional growth strategy in North America.
Steve Watts, Global Sales Director and Co-Founder of SecurEnvoy commented: “As this market continues to evolve, we are seeing customers demanding easier authentication methods for their end-users. We are delighted that customers are choosing our products and that this is generating employment in the region.”
Doug Chase, Vice President Sales & Channel – Americas added: “SecurEnvoy is uniquely positioned to enable our channel partners to serve their customers by offering innovative and competitive cyber security technologies that protect their most important assets.”
“Our innovative tokenless multifactor authentication tool, coupled with ease of administration, allows for quick deployment and satisfied end-users. A win-win for our partners and customers. Our growth in the US confirms the need for the right security at the right time and that’s SecurEnvoy.”
Find out more about SecurEnvoy.
26th July 2017
Joining Shearwater was like a breath of fresh air
Continuing with its strategy of buy, focus, grow, the Shearwater Group plc is pleased to announce the launch of Xcina Limited, a new Shearwater Group company.
Based in London, Xcina is focused on the provision of information security and assurance solutions and services aimed at helping companies prepare for the increasing legislative and regulatory demands on how data is held and processed, and the ongoing monitoring, analysis, detection and response to cyber threats and the protection of their critical information assets.
Xcina’s two service offerings comprise:
- Xcina Consulting (formed through the acquisition of Newable Consulting), which is focused on providing governance, compliance, cyber security and technology risk assurance and advisory services.
- Xcina Services, a provider of Security Operations Centre ("SOC") services, data analytics, threat intelligence, and incident response.
Xcina will also benefit from being able to leverage the collective expertise of the Group and access resources in support of its growth strategy.
Find out more about Xcina Ltd on the website: www.xcina.co.uk
20th July 2017
Joining Shearwater was like a breath of fresh air
Steve Watts, Co-Founder of SecurEnvoy, now Sales and Marketing Director for the business as it joins the Shearwater Group tells us why he and Andy Kemshall founded the business and why this was the right time to become part of something bigger, for the team and customers:
Founding SecurEnvoy, “We thought there must be a better way…”
Andy and I were in IT security. We’d got to the point where we realised hardware token technology wasn’t going far enough, quickly enough. We thought there must be a better way. Rather than carrying around plastic tokens there had to be an alternative.
Andy had tried and tested the very first SMS to be sent with six numbers in real time replicating the concept of what you see on the token – but without a token.
We could see the future of tokenless and thought it was time to create a pioneering new British technology company that would be first to market.
Joining forces we started to develop two kinds of technology.
Tokenless – around the idea of proving your identity online using any device you carry around with you. When we were building this early in the 2000s, the internet and mobile phones were growing in popularity and we had the vision to see where we could take it.
And SecurMail – the concept of transferring information but not necessarily for remote access. This was so you could exchange information without any prior relationship between two parties and authenticate them to make sure the information was exchanged securely.
Our tokenless multi-factor authentication product, SecurAccess was accepted by the market. But at that time we were challenged to find a more robust and reliable method for delivery than SMS. One of the biggest challenges for companies is being in remote areas and not getting a signal. We listened and have now patented a product that does pre-loading. This means you’ve always got the code waiting on your device so you’re not stuck somewhere waiting to authenticate.
All the options we provide for authentication are ‘enterprise grade’, as it’s referred to in the US, or ‘business grade’ in Europe. It is 100% effective, because everyone authenticating needs to do so without delay; quickly and easily, every time.
We have customers across all sectors. We work with for companies of all sizes and provide a pricing structure for companies and organisations to find affordable. Some of our larger customers include: John Lewis and Waitrose, EE, Northumbrian Water, Travis Perkins, Save the Children and TATA. No sector is ignored nor is any type of organisation; from charities to publicly listed companies - we create solutions for all.
Our inventiveness sets us apart in the market. We really listen to customers. We develop a technology and put it out in Beta, then we listen so we can tailor it to what the business and industry needs. We address a marketplace that perhaps our competitors sometimes miss. We’ll patent the best of that technology that is fit for purpose and is absolutely secure.
Joining Shearwater Group, “the dynamic worked from day one…”
When we saw the opportunity with Shearwater it was like a breath of fresh air. We see authentication as the bedrock of security. The Shearwater concept going forward means our MFA technology will be the bedrock of digital resilience solutions across the Group.
There is honesty about the deal and everything that was offered up front is what was delivered at the end. That I think is a rarity in the marketplace. Two organisations with a common goal of stronger together, with a very similar ethos and honesty. The dynamic worked from day one.
Shearwater’s objective is to identify good, robust, innovative UK businesses with potential for growth. In SecurEnvoy they saw all those components: great team, innovative, and well positioned in the market. Another element Shearwater found attractive was our distribution channel model – everything was fit for purpose.
Now, we have the technology and the infrastructure to build a greater global business and the right environment to go and do it. We have already started to invest in and develop our products, grow our business opportunities, open new offices and expand out team. It is definitely the right move for our business, for our customers and channel partners. Great news all round!