High-assurance security and mobile-first collaboration leaders HighSide and Hotshot Technologies announced their merger and the signing of their first joint customer win with a GLOBAL 100 organization in the material sciences industry.

As a result of the merger, Hotshot’s award-winning time- and location-based identity policy enforcement unites with HighSide’s proven zero-trust messaging platform to address crucial challenges for today’s enterprises in one solution. The intellectual property of the new organization creates a new class of zero-trust identity and communications products and services, offered under the HighSide brand. These include HighSide Messaging and Collaboration and HighSide Identity Services.

And, the combined entity has added Ron Gula to their board of directors. Gula is co-founder and former CEO of Tenable Network Security, a multi-billion dollar publicly traded cybersecurity company, and President of an investment firm, Gula Tech Adventures focused on next-generation cyber technology, strategy, and policy. He began his cybersecurity career as a network penetration tester for the NSA and has over 25 years of experience in the Cyber Security industry.

Mr. Gula said, “HighSide enables organizations to have secure and collaborative communities. It is ideal for financial, government and healthcare industries that struggle securing email and want a modern collaboration system, but need compliance and on-premise options.”

This merger creates a platform where organizations can create high-integrity digital identities to share information through a unified communications app on any device, which Slack doesn’t deliver, plus built-in identity authentication and authorization controls that the likes of Okta, Cisco Duo and Microsoft Authenticator don’t offer.  The result reduces business risks associated with cyber attacks like data breaches, reputational damages, customer attrition, financial loss, fines and more.

The new company will operate under the HighSide brand and will be the first zero-trust, distributed identity, mobile-first collaboration platform in the market with high assurance for the security of shared documents and access to files and information.