The story of Plurilock
The story of Plurilock
Imagine trying to conceive a solution to a problem today by building a product that won't be released until 2020. That's exactly how Plurilock was born, as an idea in the halls of the research labs at the University of Victoria in 2000. In our inaugural blog, we will take a look back to where it all began and see how an original idea inspired the creation of our company.
Back in early 2000, in a graduate research lab in the halls of the University of Victoria, one of Plurilock co-founders recognized a problem that the online world was facing; there was no reliable way to verify the identity of an online user. He realized that the entire backbone for computer security (firewalls, private portals, etc.) relied on a username and password. The big problem, he noticed, was that the majority of crippling online attacks are user-centric. Essentially, the username and password combination gives people a false sense of security, so he sought to create a solution.
In early 2002, Plurilock’s two co-founders invented a new way to authenticate the identity of users by using parts of the computer environment (ie. mouse). They created a plan to build something that they hoped would be able to authenticate users without them having to do anything other than use the computer. Their first step was researching if it was possible to validate a user's identity using mouse movements and freely-typed keystrokes (as opposed to fixed keystrokes).
After some good preliminary success with the research, they moved towards building a research prototype, which was subsequently released in 2005. Once it became clear that they were really on to something, they began to think about turning the research prototype into a commercial application. In early 2008, Plurilock’s co-founders made the decision to incorporate the company as Plurilock Security Solutions Inc.
The incorporation of Plurilock signalled the commitment of the founders to bring their creation to the world. They knew, however, that they couldn't do it alone, so they formed a team of talented developers and research engineers to build the commercial application. After more than nine years of intense research and sleepless nights, the application reached a point of commercial viability; it's name … BioTracker.
BioTracker makes sure a user is who they say they are. It can accomplish this because every person has a unique way of moving a mouse and typing on a keyboard. BioTracker creates a signature for each user and stores it in a database, allowing the software to continuously authenticate a user's identity as they work. This means with BioTracker, only you can login through your network account - it's that simple.
With the flagship product, BioTracker, ready for the market, the team wanted to develop a suite of complementary products to serve a full line of customers. They began with the development of Dial ID and Mouse ID (to be released in 2011), a set of OTP (one-time password) tokens that use proprietary technology to secure the network from outside intrusion during login. Next they built PluriPass, a biometric web application that measures keystroke dynamics to secure online login, and released it in June 2010. Finally, PluriID, a cost-effective OTP token for individual workstations, was created for professionals and small businesses and released last month.
With a full suite of products and a team of network security experts, we believe that this is only the beginning of Plurilock's contribution to the world of network and information security. As the company evolves, so will our ability to leverage our internal expertise to deliver simple, user-friendly technologies to the global marketplace.