Data Centre ICT Security Product of the Year
Entry Description
SaltDNA are a multi-award-winning cybersecurity company based in Belfast, Northern Ireland, that builds secure enterprise mobile communications solutions. SaltDNA offers ‘Peace of Mind’ for Organisations who value their privacy, by giving them complete control and secure communications, to protect their trusted relationships and stay safe.

SaltDNA was formed in 2013 by a group of tech entrepreneurs with a shared history in enterprise security, telecoms, network optimisation and app development. As a company SaltDNA has shown extremely high levels of growth. 2019 was a record-breaking year for SaltDNA expanding their partner programme and gathering customers across 6 continents. SaltDNA were one of the UK’s Most Disruptive Companies by D/SRUPTION and One of Europe’s best in first ever ‘Ones to Watch’ list by the European Business Awards.

SaltDNA is the first company to provide a solution for encrypted communications between devices with centralised control for the enterprise. SaltDNA’s product provides secure voice, messaging, conference calling, broadcasting and image or file transfers for busy executives. Its customers include global law firms, financial institutions, defence and security clients, oil and gas companies and large enterprises.

Much of the world first became aware of the reality of information interception a number of years ago with the Edward Snowden revelations on the extent of US government eavesdropping; and the News of the World phone hacking scandal in the UK where it was found that members of News Group International routinely hacked into people's private conversations. Since then, reports of phone hacking and communications interception are increasingly more frequent, among other hacking news, the Mirror Group settled 21 claims of phone hacking. According to insurance giant Lloyd's, companies are losing as much as $400 billion to hackers every year, with smartphone being a key target.

Mobile phones are a hotspot for hackers to intercept important information about your work and personal life. For more than 70% of US adults, smartphones are the preferred device for accessing the Internet (Gallup, 2014; company information is routinely communicated on smartphones. With the huge number of communication options on a smartphone the attack surface for hacking and for the interception of strategic information is large and growing.

What's fueling increased mobile communications intercept is technology. The means to hack a phone, and to intercept information, is readily available to anyone. IMSI catchers, devices for intercepting and eavesdropping on mobile phones are portable, affordable and available for anyone to purchase on eBay, Alibaba and many other websites. Just search for "buy an IMSI catcher".

SaltDNA’s rock-solid encryption framework together with its focus on mobile usability, deployment flexibility, and comprehensive control functions make it effortless to strengthen and reinforce our client’s security posture.

SaltDNA’s Growth

SaltDNA had an extremely successful 2019 being awarded highly commended Technology Company of the Year’ and ‘Fast Growth Business of the Year’ at the AIB Business Eye Awards. SaltDNA’s success was evident throughout 2019 being shortlisted for four awards at the ‘Mobile Industry Awards 2019’, four awards at the ‘Computing Digital Technology Awards 2019’ and another four shortlisted awards at the European IT Excellence Awards 2019.

In 2019 SaltDNA were also accepted onto Tech Nation’s first ever Cyber cohort. This six month cohort has been launched to assist ambitious UK cyber companies during the scaling process of their company. Furthermore, SaltDNA were selected in the third round of cybersecurity companies joining the LORCA cohort. LORCA set out to support the most promising cybersecurity innovators in scaling and growing solutions to meet industry’s biggest challenges, while building the UK’s international cybersecurity profile.

2019 was a record breaking year for SaltDNA, generating our highest ever annual revenue, and developing a pipeline to provide the company to better it again in 2020.

SaltDNA has expanded very quickly in a short space of time. Our go to market strategy is to sell our solution through specialised security providers. SaltDNA only sells through selected partners and never directly to the end customer. Our Partner Agreement has been designed to ensure that both the partners and customers benefit by choosing SaltDNA.

Our expansion plans also rely on SaltDNA staying ahead of competitors such as KoolSpan, Signal, Silent Circle and TigerText. SaltDNA has many advantages/differentiators over competitors, both technically and functionally. The majority of SaltDNA’s competitors operate in the consumer market, offering secure communications for consumer use. These organisations believe that encryption alone is sufficient for security, but at SaltDNA we understand that whilst encryption is a fundamental aspect of communications, until encryption is multiplied by the highest level of control, a communications system will be insecure.

SaltDNA's high security system provides the same convenient user experience as consumer apps but in a safe and protected manner, enabling the customer to have full, centralised control of the system at all times. SaltDNA Enterprise is the best armour organisations have to protect trade secrets and other sensitive, strategic and proprietary information when communicating on mobile devices. It is a software solution that is more than a secure mobile app: it has a web-based management platform for dynamic provisioning of secure mobile voice and text communications.

SaltDNA also only deal with enterprises and official organisations, and have built their features around this market. The SaltDNA secure communications system allows professionals to carry out one-to-one and conference calls, one-to-one and group messages, file/image transfer and secure message broadcast capabilities.

A key differentiator that SaltDNA has over competitors is that SaltDNA provides organisations to control who speaks to who within their company. SaltDNA provides a secure management system to ensure companies have complete control over all employees contact lists and communications, making it easier to manage communications, and facilitating the operation of closed user groups.

SaltDNA also provides organisations with the ability to own their secure communications platform, by provisioning an on-premise deployment, or by developing a full white labelled version of the system, or both if they wish. SaltDNA as many other unique features such as the ability to restrict users from taking screenshots, the ability to prevent users having the capabilities to download documents & images and the ability for users to purge messages from their device & all recipients devices too - a function that can be done manually, or have a timer setting.

The feature list for SaltDNA is improving constantly, with SaltDNA offering many features that are exclusive to the market such as, secure broadcasting, message/call content archival, closed user groups, file/image transfer, burn functionality (message can be removed from both devices (sender and receiver) by either party regardless of where it originated), and 24/7 support.

SaltDNA have a small team but one that is highly skilled with a very good mix of talented youth and experienced mentors. As a company we ensure that every employee has a small share of ownership of the company. We have found that this has facilitated a real team ethos and provides staff with the motivation to make SaltDNA a success. Our team is filled with drive and determination to grow the company and become a top global Cybersecurity firm.

“After careful review of all available solutions it is clear that SaltDNA is the only solution which takes the need for management, compliance and encryption seriously. The others are just dressed up consumer apps.”
Joe Hancock, Head of Cyber Security, Mishcon de Reya
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