2018 Tech Impact Awards, Security: Auth0

Plus: Silver Award winner Polyverse
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Auth0
Location: Seattle 
Employees: 384  (101 in Washington state)

Eugenio Pace, when still at Microsoft, helped write one of the first books on advanced identity management. “The next book,” he recalls, “was double the size.” It showed him how online authentication was a problem getting harder, not easier, to solve.

Cofounded with Matías Woloski in 2013, Auth0 (pronounced Auth Zero) provides an enterprise-grade platform with a range of sophisticated methods coders can readily use in their applications to assure that users are who they say they are. Auth0’s products save developers time and energy by letting them match the security level to the need, and allowing Auth0 to worry about how the details work.

As software development becomes an integral part of every business, even banks and manufacturers, Pace notes, “There’s no differentiation in having better authentication. It’s a prerequisite.”

That assertion would seem to be borne out by Auth0’s steep growth trajectory. Since its initial product launch four years ago, fueled by $100 million in venture funding, Auth0 has grown to serve more than 2,000 enterprise customers across 70 countries, securing over 42 million log-ins every day.

Silver Award

Polyverse
Location: Seattle
Employees: 20-plus

As warriors have always known, attacks rarely succeed without a map. This upstart security company’s insight is that most computers online operate with the same system map, so a malicious program that breaches the weakness of one can breach them all. Polyverse’s polymorphic version of Linux randomly scrambles system components to present a moving target to would-be attackers, preventing incursions even when security patches fall behind. Its innovative approach has been validated by the U.S. Department of Defense and is finding more and more customers among Fortune 500 companies and government agencies.

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