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Portrait: Andreas Curiger and Robert Rogenmoser (right).
Swiss cyber security specialist Securosys SA protects corporate communications Ever since Edward Snowden disclosed the inner workings of the NSA, the importance of data security has finally become widely known. Securing data, network and authentication through trustworthy systems is a must in our modern world of information technology. Securosys delivers IT systems without backdoors – removing a key vulnerability. TEXT: JESSICA HOLZHAUSEN | PHOTOS: SECUROSYS SA
Tapping a head of state’s telephone or corporate espionage is on the daily menu of intelligence services, therefore getting full control over one’s own data and network is key. A hardware security module (HSM) can guarantee that as it provides encryption and authentication services. However, fabrication has to be free from the NSA or other secret services’influence.“Customers need a device they can trust,” says Robert Rogenmoser a Swiss-based IT specialist who founded Securosys in April 2014 together with Andreas Curiger. Curiger has been developing secure communications equipment for over 15 years. Rogenmoser himself has lived and worked in Silicon Valley for 17 years – much longer than the intended two years – and only came back to Switzerland because his wife insisted.
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Together they have dedicated all their energy to a new project: Developing a truly secure and trustworthy HSM device.“Foreign companies – for example in the US – can be forced to insert backdoors,”Rogenmoser explains. Backdoors are secret ways to enter and take control of computer systems by intelligence agencies and even worse by cyber criminals. When a company like Airbus becomes a NSA target it is clear that nobody is secure.“We are Swiss, everything is in Switzerland – including production!“ Rogenmoser highlights. While China would be cheaper for manufacturing, the risk of unwanted features like backdoors being added is too high for security equipment. Switzerland’s legal situation allows building a device free from all these traps. Securosys is owned by the two founders
and private Swiss investors and – in comparison to competitors – has no connection whatsoever to intelligence services. “Our customers feel that established suppliers like Safenet (Gemalto), founded by former NSA employees, or Thales E-Security, affiliated with a French arms and weapons conglomerate, are not trustworthy alternatives,” says Rogenmoser. Securosys designs secure communication technologies and systems. Specialised on commercial applications this includes Layer-2 encryptors, HSM andVPN appliances.Their first HSM device will ship before Christmas. The product is made in Switzerland, of the highest quality and “will outclass its international competitors”. www.securosys.ch
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