tru.ID, the pioneering passwordless authentication platform leveraging SIM card cryptography, is today announcing that Sorenson Ventures joined its seed funding round, alongside Episode 1, MMC Ventures and NHN Ventures, bringing the company’s total seed stage funding to USD 9m. Sorenson provides strong US-based connections which will be valuable as the company prepares to roll out its services into the USA market.
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tru.ID exists to help companies solve the $1trillion threat of cybercrime attacks on customers and employees. In today’s post-COVID hybrid world, legacy authentication methods, using passwords and PIN codes sent by email or SMS, are no longer fit for purpose – they are vulnerable to criminal attacks such as phishing and provide a poor user experience. Businesses have been trying to replace passwords for years, but have failed to find a secure and scalable solution. Now, the answer is here, combining the ubiquity of the mobile phone with the cryptographic security of the SIM card.
Paul McGuire, co-founder and CEO of tru.ID, says: “Cybercrime threatens all online businesses. The annual cost is estimated to be over $1trillion and increasing. One of the biggest vulnerabilities is the password. But finding a more secure alternative that is easy to use and widely available has proved impossible – until now. tru.ID brings a new solution that the world urgently needs: strong online security that is easy to use and already in everyone’s pocket.”
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The SIM card is the same highly secure technology that is in every credit card, and there are already 5bn+ SIM cards deployed. That means every customer and every employee already has a cryptographically secure digital identity token in their pocket. tru.ID makes this revolutionary new security solution available through an API-based SaaS platform.
tru.ID is already live in 20 markets and continues to build out its network.
Rob Rueckert, Partner at Sorenson Ventures, comments: “Today, doing business online or working remotely means a constant threat of cyberattacks. Finding a solution that is effective and usable for customers and employees is an urgent and unsolved problem for businesses of every size. tru.ID brings a new and potentially transformative approach, leveraging the security & ubiquity of the SIM card through a modern, API platform. We are delighted to be backing this experienced team and to already see the significant traction they have achieved since we made our investment.”
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