Plurilock expands U.S. locations, staff to meet demand for behavioral biometrics solution
Plurilock Security Solutions has grown its U.S. footprint with two new East Coast locations and additional staff to expand commercial and government market access to its continuous user validation cybersecurity platform.
Driven by two new financial services clients and recent contracts with U.S. Army NETCOM and the U.S. Department of Defense’s Defense Innovation Unit Experimental (DIUx), Plurilock has added offices in New York and Baltimore as well as appointed former U.S. Marine Corps combat engineer Neal Conlon as director of sales for the Atlantic Region.
The move will provide the resources to serve both enterprise and public-sector entities that require a more advanced cybersecurity solution than traditional login authentication.
The expansion is made possible in part by a recent round of angel investment from an international team comprised of former Microsoft Bing search architect, founder/CEO of Powerset and artificial intelligence expert Barney Pell; fintech-focused Mike Benna, general partner at Stanley Park Ventures; and Colin Harris, a special limited partner with Yaletown Partners.
Plurilock has also secured partnership agreements with the Microsoft Azure BizSpark and SAP Startup Focus programs, along with a teaming agreement and technology alliance program agreement with a major Fortune 100 enterprise IT firm.
The company was also accepted into the iCyberCenter@bwtech, a program that recruits high-potential international cyber companies into the Maryland economy.
A former U.S. Marine Corps combat engineer who also spent more than 10 years in the financial services business, Conlon will lead Plurilock’s New York office as director of sales for the Atlantic region.
In addition to serving tours in both Iraq and Afghanistan, Conlon has held strategic roles at Guggenheim Partners, Cushman & Wakefield, Morgan Stanley and others. He is also a strategic partner for venture capital and private equity with Serval Ventures.
“Given the sophisticated security threats now facing our country, the modern battlefield isn’t about bombs and weapons anymore. Instead, we face a war waged daily through collusion, blackmail and insider threats,” Conlon said. “I’m thrilled to join the Plurilock team because ours is the only system of its kind that can provide effective defense against these cyberthreats for both private companies and our nation’s vital systems and data.”
Plurilock’s AI-powered behavior-based platform distinguishes between authorized users and intruders by analyzing the unique behavioral patterns of authorized users and blocking access when unrecognized behavior occurs,.
Unlike traditional multifactor and CAC-based authentication which provide only a single-point-in-time identity validation, Plurilock’s proof-of-presence software continuously authenticates users.
After being installed, the software takes about 20 minutes to learn users’ keystroke style and speed, mouse use and other behaviors on laptops, desktops and servers to create a profile.
Using this information, Plurilock can then continuously validate that the current user is the authorized user, providing corporations and governments complete visibility into who, when and where users are on the network at all times.
Plurilock’s software operates entirely in the background, requires no direct user interaction, and reduces the average breach detection time from more than six months to less than 30 seconds.
“Our latest market traction confirms that traditional point-in-time authentication is insufficient to meet today’s sophisticated cybersecurity and compliance needs, and it validates that our disruptive AI-based continuous validation is a clear improvement,” said Plurilock CEO Ian Paterson. “Our approach provides a much more robust security posture for both companies and government agencies that significantly mitigates risk and bolsters regulatory compliance.”