We want to debunk the long held belief that security and usability are a necessary trade off by offering products authentication solutions that are both more secure and more usable. All of our products are designed from the ground up with usability in mind, while simultaneously providing the highest security possible.
Security is in our DNA.
Our team has extensive experience both attacking (e.g., blackhat hacking, vulnerability assessments for the Department of Defense, and competing in the highest level hacking competitions on the planet) and defending critical systems (e.g., creating novel defenses for embedded systems, securing high-impact real-world products, and designing secure manufacturing pipelines).
These various experiences have convinced us that we can do better at securing our infrastructure, especially with respect to authentication. Thus, we are here to usher in a new ubiquitous smartphone-based authentication paradigm: Allthentication.
Chad, our founder and graduate student at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill at the time, became enthralled with the idea of using smartphones to replace passwords.
2012 - january
Chad was hired as a member of the technical staff at MIT Lincoln Laboratory, where he would later meet Samuel Kerr and Hongyi Hu. Over the next 4 years Chad, Sam, and Hongyi not only demonstrated the viability of Single Device Authentication, but built and demonstrated working prototypes. Indeed, they expanded the scope to not only replace passwords, but to replace all authentication mechanisms, both physical and digital. Commercial interest in the technology started to heat up and a patent application was filed.
Chad, Sam, and Hongyi all parted ways to pursue different career paths, temporarily pausing their passion project. However, the three remained in communication and frequently spoke of commercializing their technology. Chad (a Ph.D. student at the University of California, Santa Barbara at the time) continued to develop the technology and validate its commercial viability.
2019 - january
Our patent for Single Device Authentication was officially issued.
2019 - May
Chad, joined by three undergraduate students (Evan Blasband, Rita Mounir, and Jake Tear), won the UCSB New Venture Competition, a university-wide startup pitch competition, claiming both 1st place overall and peoples choice. With this victory under its belt and a patent, Allthenticate was ready to become a real company, and start creating the dream that Chad had a decade earlier: ubiquitous, usable authentication (Allthentication).