Interview with Andrea Pfundmeier, Founder & CEO of Secomba GmbH: Boxcryptor

Andrea Pfundmeier

About 10 years ago, Andrea Pfundmeier, founded Secomba GmbH with her colleague Robert Freudenreich. The small German company develops Boxcryptor, a cloud-optimized encryption solution for businesses as well as private users.


How did you come up with the idea for the company?

While we were developing an initial idea, we noticed an uneasiness in both of us about the security of the cloud we were using to save our files. We could not be sure that our ideas and concepts stored in the cloud would not fall into the wrong hands.

Without further ado, Robert developed an encryption software for the cloud storage we used, which was quite elementary at the time, but already very secure. After we had shown this encryption to other cloud users and received very good feedback, we realized that this would be an even better idea for our startup. So, we founded Secomba GmbH to further develop our encryption software Boxcryptor. Boxcryptor makes it possible for everyone to use cloud storage services securely.


What challenges do you think startups have to face?

Having started as a startup ourselves and still being a small, agile company, we are aware that compared to established companies, many processes in startups run differently: work processes are often less routine, often founders must improvise. Due to the rather low number of employees, there is usually no designated specialist in the field of IT security. This makes it even more important that someone takes care of the issue right from the start and that important company data is protected from the very beginning.


Why should startups think about encryption to protect sensitive data?

Data security plays just as big a role for startups as it does for larger companies. The topic of data protection is a very important one. Personal data have to be adequately protected. That is why many companies increasingly rely on the use of encryption. Moreover, as a startup, the founders want to protect their ideas, business models, and IP. Encryption is elementary to make sure that the important data of the company is protected right from the beginning.


How startups can use the software Boxcryptor to encrypt their data?

Boxcryptor encrypts your sensitive data on Microsoft Teams, OneDrive, Dropbox, Google Drive, and many other cloud storage providers. The software combines the user-friendliness of the best cloud services with the world’s highest security standards. Encrypt your data directly on your device before syncing it to the cloud. End-to-end encryption with zero-knowledge standard guarantees that only you or people authorized by you can access your data.


We give startups a helping hand

Currently, Secomba GmbH has grown into a successful company with more than 30 employees, and we are happy to be able to celebrate our 10th anniversary in May 2021. As we would like to help other startups in protecting their sensitive data, we have special offers on Boxcryptor for all startups. If you are interested, please contact us at [email protected].