With a $15 million investment, ConductorOne is automating identification and access management

A business in the identity and access control space, ConductorOne, was founded by two former Okta employees who both worked on the zero-trust concept of single sign-on for Okta. As a result, they were responsible for authentication and zero-trust solutions, and experienced firsthand how enterprises were trying to govern access and permissions across a complicated ecosystem that frequently comprised not just cloud services, but also on-premises elements blended into it.

It was time for them to move on and launch a firm to assist them handle that specific set of challenges, with the objective of automating a lot of the access control tasks that up to this point had been done manually, or even worse, not at all.

The $15 million Series A round was announced today.

Paul Querna, the company’s CTO and co-founder, said he and his colleagues were acutely aware of the difficulties businesses were encountering due to these problems. “End-users and IT teams or the technical team controlling all of this still find permissions and access management to be very difficult.” That’s because a broken permissions system might leave employees waiting for tools they need to complete their jobs, or it can allow you to over-provision, such as by preserving access for former employees. According to Querna, “I believe a lot of us have witnessed these types of things.”

“We wanted to make it simpler for enterprises to govern these access management activities and introduce the notion of least privilege into the solution,” Alex Bovee says. When ConductorOne was founded, “we wanted to truly automate as much as possible from an identity security perspective how individuals obtain access, keep access, and revoke access to enable enterprises reach more of a least privilege level of access management,” Bovee said.

It’s clear to the former Okta workers that their new firm is tackling a unique challenge related to ensuring identification. Some of your company’s employees may be organised into a single directory by using this service. Identity security is really about knowing all of the identities in your environment, regardless of how they are linked to your SSO solutions,” he stated.

he continues, “It’s also about knowing what those distinct identities can access, what their permissions, responsibilities, and data are.” As a result, our focus has shifted to orchestration. On the face of things, “It’s simply a new architecture, more of an orchestration-view and visibility-first perspective throughout your environment, to be able to provide you that as a security and GRC (government, risk, and compliance) team,” he says.

In order to know what’s going on in the firm and what activities can have an influence on someone’s authorization to access a programme, it uses out-of-the-box connections with popular services like Okta, GitHub, Slack, Datadog, Jira, and so on. They may, however, function with any other corporate directory solution outside Okta, which is something to keep in mind.

Currently, the company has 17 workers, with the goal of doubling that number by the end of the year. According to Bovee, the company’s core ideals stated that a diverse staff was important. “We made our firm ideals public from the beginning. On our first blog post, “I think one of the methods to recruit this talent, particularly early in the sourcing funnel, is to be upfront and honest about how you want the firm to operate and highlight the belief in diversity,” he stated.

In the course of today’s $15 million Series, we Fuel Capital, Fathom Capital and Active Capital were among the other investors that participated in the round lead by Accel. Last year, the startup received a $5 million seed investment sponsored by Accel.

With the fresh capital, they can begin to build out their long-term strategy for the firm by expanding the present offering. Automating the whole lifespan of access control will be our long-term goal for the product.” As a result, not only the onboarding procedure, but also the offboarding procedure, as well as dealing with issues such as time-based access restriction, are no longer concerns, according to Bovee.

He continues, “It’s also about knowing what those distinct identities can access, what their permissions, responsibilities, and data are.” As a result, our focus has shifted to orchestration. On the face of things, “It’s simply a new architecture, more of an orchestration-view and visibility-first perspective throughout your environment, to be able to provide you that as a security and GRC (government, risk, and compliance) team,” he says.

In order to know what’s going on in the firm and what activities can have an influence on someone’s authorization to access a programme, it uses out-of-the-box connections with popular services like Okta, GitHub, Slack, Datadog, Jira, and so on. They may, however, function with any other corporate directory solution outside Okta, which is something to keep in mind.

Currently, the company has 17 workers, with the goal of doubling that number by the end of the year. According to Bovee, the company’s core ideals stated that a diverse staff was important. “We made our firm ideals public from the beginning. On our first blog post, “I think one of the methods to recruit this talent, particularly early in the sourcing funnel, is to be upfront and honest about how you want the firm to operate and highlight the belief in diversity,” he stated.

In the course of today’s $15 million Series, we Fuel Capital, Fathom Capital and Active Capital were among the other investors that participated in the round lead by Accel. Last year, the startup received a $5 million seed investment sponsored by Accel.

With the fresh capital, they can begin to build out their long-term strategy for the firm by expanding the present offering. Automating the whole lifespan of access control will be our long-term goal for the product.” As a result, not only the onboarding procedure, but also the offboarding procedure, as well as dealing with issues such as time-based access restriction, are no longer concerns, according to Bovee.