Minneapolis startup Secured2 has formed a partnership to incorporate new data security technology into Microsoft’s suite of products.
The first phase of the Secured2 solution for Microsoft will be a Q2 2016 app launch for Outlook — the email client with 60 million active users that send and receive 100 billion emails daily.
CEO Daren Klum says the the Secured2 security software will then extend beyond Outlook to Office 365 and ultimately OneDrive, potentially becoming an integrated part of the Windows OS if all goes as planned. Their partnership consists of an API integration, cross marketing, and revenue sharing.
With an initial focus on protecting the enterprise, Secured2 has developed a platform that can “shrink, shed, and secure” data in a “hacker proof” method.
“Big companies want to leverage the economy of scale that the cloud can offer, but still want to be in control and confidence with the security of their data,” Klum says, explaining that “We have future facing technology that goes beyond encryption. Our patented method involves a unique compression, separation, and conversion into an unknown format.”
“Secured2 is taking advantage of Microsoft’s Outlook, Office 365 and OneDrive APIs to give users additional data security options,” said Rob Howard, director, Office 365 Ecosystem, Microsoft.
Klum’s big picture vision is a “security as a service” play based on an API layer that can integrate with any number of platform technologies beyond just Microsoft. To that extent, he counts 3 stealthy pilots underway — two fortune 100, one fortune 1,000 — reaching an estimated 100,000 users.
He also elaborated on their IP portfolio as consisting of 17 submitted patent applications with 4 granted, while more are being drafted.
In addition to the Microsoft partnership, Secured2 has recently added two new board of directors to their growing roster: Mark Moe, from GSV Ventures and Jeremy Bauer, the former head of tech for SuccessFactors, Digital River VP, and current CIO/CSO for Castlight Health. Secured2 currently has eight regular employees with plans to hire another 3-4 this year.
Information security is a global epidemic as far as the Internet is concerned, and Klum is well aware of the potential impact of his venture: “We want to innovate with the right partners that can protect our country.”