Our Story

SGNL’s founders, Scott Kriz and Erik Gustavson, have spent over a decade developing innovative identity solutions. After Google acquired Bitium, an Identity and Access Management company, in 2017 they turned their attention from the Authentication (AuthN) space to Authorization (AuthZ). From their vantage point working in multiple, identity-focused areas at Google, it was clear to Scott and Erik that few companies had been able to effectively solve Enterprise Authorization at scale.

Seeing a critical need to help companies keep user and customer data safe, Scott and Erik founded SGNL in 2021 to address the challenge. They quickly attracted a core team of identity industry experts who are passionate about pushing the boundaries of what is possible in Enterprise Authorization.

Management Team

Scott Kriz

CEO / Co-Founder

Scott is a product leader and innovator in identity with over a decade of identity experience as both an entrepreneur and as a practitioner in a larger organization. Prior to SGNL, Scott was the CEO/CPO and Co-Founder of Bitium, an Identity and Access Management company. Scott joined Google through their acquisition of Bitium. As a Product Lead at Google, he founded a team internally to standardize authorization to customer and consumer data.

Erik Gustavson

CPO / Co-Founder

Erik is an innovative, product-oriented technologist with more than a decade of experience in the identity industry. Before SGNL, Erik was the CTO and Co-Founder of Bitium, an Identity and Access Management company. After joining Google via the acquisition of Bitium, Erik was the engineering lead for multiple teams in Google Workspace, including the Security and Cloud Directory teams. Erik is also co-chair of the OpenID FastFed working group and a member of the SCIM working group.

Atul Tulshibagwale

CTO

Atul is a federated identity pioneer and the inventor of Continuous Access Evaluation Protocol (CAEP), forming the basis of the Shared Signals and Events working group in the OpenID Foundation, which he co-chairs. Prior to joining SGNL, he was a technical leader at Google where he focused on extending access security across multi-vendor SaaS and on-premise systems. He was the CEO and Co-Founder of Trustgenix (acquired by Hewlett Packard), where he defined the federation server, an architectural concept now adopted by all major Identity Providers. He helped define open standards such as the Liberty Alliance and SAML 2.0. He continued with HP as the Director of Federation. Prior to joining Google, Atul was at MobileIron as an Identity Architect.

Conrad Smith

CISO

Conrad is a security leader with over a decade of experience building security programs, leading security teams, and overseeing compliance audits and certification processes in small and scaled organizations. Before SGNL, Conrad was CISO for Open Raven, a data security posture management company. Prior to that, he ran Risk & Compliance, Product Security as the CISO at Tenable, seeing the organization through to a successful IPO. Prior to Tenable, Conrad was CISO at Bitium and a national mortgage lender.

Prathima Rao

Director of Engineering

Prathima is a passionate product builder with over a decade of experience building products in enterprise AuthN and AuthZ as well as in the consumer space. She led teams at Google in mobile device management (MDM) and next generation API authorization service for Apigee Edge. Prior to Google, she worked at Salesforce where she built platform authentication and encryption related technology. She founded and led the transaction security team at Salesforce, building a framework for anomalous authentication and data access alerting. Prathima obtained her PhD in Computer Science from Purdue University. Her dissertation focused on analysis and management of XACML policies. Prathima is also an entrepreneur and is the founder of Kin Parenting, a one-stop personalized recommendations app for families to discover local places and activities.

Marc Jordan

Director of Product

Marc is a product leader in identity with over 15 years of industry experience. Prior to joining SGNL, he was a Product Lead at Google where he led Google Cloud Identity Platform, managing and securing billions of user identities. Prior to joining Google, Marc led product teams at Okta that connected legacy on-premises technologies with Cloud providers and pioneered Certificate and Kerberos Authentication technologies for Okta’s Cloud Services. He worked with product teams at Microsoft to design, develop, and deploy counter abuse technologies for some of their largest properties. At Microsoft he also worked with governments and Fortune 500 companies to establish robust and secure authentication solutions pushing the limits of Microsoft’s authentication, threat detection, and eventing capabilities.

Our Board

Greg Sands

Director
Founder and Managing Partner,
Costanoa Ventures

Andrew Peterson

Director
Founder and CEO,
Signal Sciences

Chuck Mortimore

Advisor
Account, Identity, and Risk,
Stripe

Yvonne Wassenaar

Advisor
CEO,
Puppet

Our Investors

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SGNL is looking for top talent to solve authorization-at-scale for the world’s largest companies. If you think you have what it takes to make a major impact at a well-funded startup we want to hear from you!