February 23, 2024

Meet fortress, a French startup founded in October 2022 to help small companies deal with cybersecurity risks without complexity. The company, founded by former Palantir employees, has raised $2.8 million so far.

What sets Bastion apart from other cybersecurity startups is that it wants to be your first and last cybersecurity subscription. It bundles several different products that all revolve around cybersecurity risks in a software-as-a-service fashion.

First, Global Founders Capital, Kima Ventures and Motier Ventures, as well as several business angels including Denis Duverne, Joshua Motta, Renaud Deraison and Gaëlle Olivier invested in the company.

At Palantir, the four co-founders, Arnaud Fournier, Arnaud Drizard, Sébastien Duc, and Robin Costé, are already committed to cybersecurity in some way. Some of them belong to small teams responsible for cybersecurity, excluding government and public administration. One of them is in charge of providing anti-fraud services for large banks and insurance companies.

“The companies we talked to told us: ‘We have an insurance broker, an accountant, why would we have multiple cybersecurity products?’ ” co-founder and CEO Arnaud Fournier told me.

When you want to lock your bike in the big city, you can use three different locks to make sure the wheels are properly secured and secure the bike itself to a pole. This way, you can be almost 100% sure that your bike will not be stolen.

Or you can buy a proper U-lock to make sure it’s stronger than most bikes. This is the fort.

Essentially, Bastion’s ideal client just wants to make sure their company is safe and free of big holes that could end up causing big trouble.

Now, Bastion has four different modules. First, the startup ran phishing mock tests because many security concerns come from employees handing out credentials.With this training module, Bastion Compete with Riot.

Second, Bastion scans your infrastructure and web applications to ensure your attack surface is as small as possible. The company will provide you with a list of fixes to improve your configuration.

Third, Bastion scans and protects endpoints, such as employee laptops. “We provided an EDR solution, which is an improved antivirus tool, with a team that can see what’s going on in real time,” Fournier said. EDR stands for Endpoint Detection and Response. For this product, Bastion has partnered with a white label EDR provider.

Finally, Fortress hopes to help companies monitor incoming email with its fourth module. Customers can now forward suspicious emails so they can determine if it’s legitimate. At some point, the startup also wants to help you set filters on incoming emails so they never end up in your employees’ inboxes.

“For some of these products, we found that what was available in the market was very expensive relative to what they offered. We leveraged open source building blocks, or we rebuilt 80 percent of what was needed,” Fournier said.

Bastion offers the whole package for about 10 euros per employee per month. It’s not cheap, but some companies have the option to subscribe to some of the services that Bastion has to offer.

Interestingly, the company doesn’t plan to sell its products directly to smaller companies. Instead, the company works with outsourced security service providers, banks, insurance companies, and more.

In the coming months, Bastion plans to build a network of partners who are already helping SMBs and who can also start selling Bastion to their own customers. Of course, there will be new features and product improvements.

The four co-founders behind Bastion

Image credits: fortress