Years Combined Mobile Security Experience
mSIGNIA offers the market’s best-in-class frictionless mobile authentication and user-device recognition solution, helping businesses limit risk, reduce fraud and enhance the customer experience within their fastest-growing digital channels.
By combining dynamic contextual authentication and intelligent behavior data analytics, mSIGNIA’s patented and privacy-compliant digital biometric technology provides a safe, seamless user experience for browser access and mobile apps, protecting businesses and their customers from account takeover, payment fraud and fraudulent account registrations resulting from malware and data breaches.
mSIGNIA’s leadership team has more than 40 years in combined mobile security knowledge and implementation. They have led numerous, innovative mobile security efforts with start-ups and international vendors such as Symantec, GTE, and Cybertrust.
Our Patented Technology
mSIGNIA invented the ability to authenticate users and devices based on their changing, personalized data — not just static data and device hardware identifiers. No other vendors can make this claim. Our products are protected by one or more patents including US Patent Numbers 9,559,852, 9294448, and 8,817,984, as well as international patents and other patents pending. mSIGNIA machine learning products use privacy-compliant technology which analyzes a user’s personalization data to immediately recognize the user, their device and even ensure the integrity of the software running on the device. Using ongoing analytics, we learn the data and how it changes over time for a particular user to develop the user’s digital biometric profile. Data that does or can change — such as geolocation, communication logs, contacts, music and photo counts, and calendar entries — is scored differently than hardware identifiers, assigning a more accurate confidence score and providing a more accurate method of risk assessment.
When it comes to continuous authentication, change is a good thing. And mSIGNIA is the only patented solution that can anticipate data change, analyze it and use it to authenticate your users and the devices accessing your web service.
Paul has been active in the security industry since 1993 and specialized in mobile security for the last 13 years. Before co-founding mSIGNIA, his previous positions include COO at mobile security provider SMobile Systems (acquired by Juniper), Managing Director for Mobile Security at Symantec (globally responsible for both Symantec and Norton mobile strategy and business), Managing Director for Mobile Commerce at the French company Gemalto, Director of Mobile and Tokens at GTE Cybertrust and held software engineering positions at Rainbow Technologies and Printronix.
Paul was a founding board member for Radicchio, the world’s first mobile security industry marketing group; chair for two groups (Mobile Business and Authentication) at identity pioneering Liberty Alliance, a lead participant in a European Commission project on mobile identity and board member for the payment industry’s Global Chipcard Alliance. He has a B.S. in Computer Sciences from the University of Colorado and is a co-inventor on mSIGNIA’s mobile patent portfolio.
George brings over a decade of experience in software and security startups, with specialization in strategy and development of security solutions for mobile devices. As Chief Technology Officer at mSIGNIA he is responsible for product development and strategy.
Prior to mSIGNIA, George co-founded S Mobile Inc., a global provider of mobile security solutions to wireless operators and large institutional clients including AT&T, Sybase, Vodafone, Nokia, and VeriSign. He played an integral role in architecting and delivering operator-grade mobile solutions to market and led efforts in establishing a Global Threat Center for monitoring mobile exploits and vulnerabilities, working with security industry associations including the Messaging Anti-Abuse Working Group, Mobile Anti-Virus Research Association and Oceanos. Juniper Networks (JNPR) acquired SMobile in 2010.
George has co-invented several patents in cross-platform mobile security software and holds a B.S.B.A. with distinction from The Ohio State University.
VP of Engineering
Board of Directors
Printroix BOD and Tech Coast Angels
Mr. Kleist, member of Tech Coast Angels and Chairman of Printronix, is a serial entrepreneur that now guides start-ups as a serial investor both privately and via Tech Coast Angels.
He founded Printronix in 1974, co-founded Pertec Computer Corporation and holds 17 patents for peripheral and control systems. Mr. Kleist received a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Kansas University and a master’s degree in electrical engineering from Stanford University.
He has served on the Seagate Technology board of directors, the Stanford Engineering Advisory Committee, and at UC Irvine, The Henry Samueli School of Engineering and the Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Science Advisory Boards. Mr. Kleist also serves on the board of directors at several start-up companies.
With his wife, Barbara, Mr. Kleist is active in supporting Orange County fine arts and scholarships in the high tech and medical fields.
mSIGNIA is a privately held company in the most active technology sector in the mobile market. Financing has been acquired through a combination of selected founders as well as private and institutional investments. mSIGNIA thanks the investors who have shared their experiences in guiding and supporting the company, including:
Tech Coast Angels
Tech Coast Angels is the largest angel investment organization in the US with approximately 300 members covering all of Southern California. Since 1997, they have invested over $115 million in more than 180 companies. Their investment portfolio has grown to attract over $1 billion in additional investment capital in recent years.
Gold Hill Capital
Gold Hill Capital is an independent, private venture firm capitalized by top-tier institutional investors and focused the technology and life sciences industries. Gold Hill is dedicated to delivering flexible financing solutions for expansion stage companies, providing experience that includes investment banking, venture capital, international and mezzanine financing with offices in San Jose, CA and Boston, MA.
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How We Got Our Name
mSIGNIA was created to ensure the connection mobile devices enable between the physical and online worlds is easy, safe and reliable, providing a seamless user experience. As services trend toward the virtual realm, the mobile device in your hand represents the only physical element in an otherwise online life.
The word ‘signia’ is an ancient term for ‘ground beneath your feet’. At mSIGNIA, we provide a stable, reliable foundation – built on the user and the changing data stored on the user’s mobile device – for online services to safely connect and care for the customers they value, regardless of the device.
According to GlobalWebIndex, 80 percent of Internet users own a smartphone; that number will continue to grow. This rapid growth is why mSIGNIA is mobile-first because that’s where the opportunity, and the risk, lie.