22 October 2022 • General
Rotterdam, October 18, 2022 – Startup Guardey offers SMEs cyber security software that ensures online security and privacy. Because of the market’s demand for accessible and affordable cybersecurity for small and medium-sized businesses the company was established. Most cybersecurity solutions in the market are aimed at large companies, while SMEs and freelancers are increasingly confronted with cyber attacks. Guardey has raised 2.2 million euros to develop and launch the software. The investment comes from a group of successful Dutch entrepreneurs and investors who see the need to offer smaller companies a simple solution to protect themselves against cybercrime. Guardey was developed by the team of GOOSE VPN, the first Dutch VPN for consumers, which appeared on the market in 2017 and now helps 120,000 users worldwide with a secure online connection.
More Dutch companies dealing with cybercrime
The number of Dutch companies dealing with cybercrime this year has increased. In 2021, the percentage of affected companies was still 29 percent, this year it rose to 45 percent. This is apparent from research by ABN AMRO. Erwin Gritter, tax specialist and investor in Guardey: “In my work, I speak to entrepreneurs every day who have not yet properly arranged their cybersecurity, even though there is an increasing chance that they will become a victim. Accessible cybersecurity for SMEs is essential to offer smaller companies good online protection. That’s why I decided to invest in Guardey.”
“SMEs deserve the same cybersecurity as the big boys”
Cybercriminals are getting smarter and more collaborative. In addition, they take advantage of the fact that many SMBs and freelancers cannot afford an expensive security infrastructure or an experienced IT professional. Also, the shift to hybrid working leads to additional security risks. All this makes workers vulnerable to hacking. Joeri van de Watering, co-founder and CEO of Guardey: “Because of our experience with GOOSE VPN, we noticed that the current solutions in the market are too complex, difficult to implement, and do not make the workers more aware of security risks. That’s why we developed Guardey. We believe that SMEs and freelancers deserve the same cybersecurity as the big boys. Did you know that it takes an average of 280 days for a company to realize that they have been hacked? The hacker’s goal is to remain inconspicuous for as long as possible in order to do as much damage as possible. The longer it takes to realize you’ve been hacked, the greater the damage. Guardey continuously monitors for suspicious online behavior so that action can be taken immediately before major damage is done.”
How does it work?
Guardey is an app that encrypts the internet connection through a VPN, Virtual Private Network. A VPN creates a tunnel between the internet and the device. This tunnel is fully secured so that the privacy and anonymity of the user are guaranteed. The Guardey cyber alarm analyzes all traffic in the secure connection based on destination and behavior. Hazards are checked in real-time. When the alarm recognizes a threat, the user will receive a notification and take action. At Guardey, different subscriptions can help to solve the problem. A game element will soon be available in the app. Weekly challenges teach users how to recognize phishing emails and shady activities online so companies can become more resilient against cyber attacks.
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