All about Surfshark

2018

Is the year Surfshark was founded

2.4M+

Millions of users globally

200+

Talented employees across multiple countries

It all started with an idea

We have the ambition to develop an ecosystem of tools that can become a privacy and security utility for people who seek to understand different aspects of their digital lives and feel more confident by adopting online protection solutions. Starting with a premium VPN service, we’ve gone beyond that.

What is Surfshark?

Surfshark is a registered trademark that encompasses a toolkit of online privacy and security solutions developed to protect people’s digital lives: a feature-heavy, easy to use VPN, a data leak detection system Alert, and a private search tool Search.

When did Surfshark start?

Founded in 2018 as a VPN, Surfshark has quickly managed to grow into an online security toolkit and become one of the leading brands in the VPN industry. Today, Surfshark’s software solutions secure over 2.4 million active users’ digital lives in 100+ countries.

Where is Surfshark?

Surfshark is a globally registered trademark of Surfshark Ltd., a private company based in the British Virgin Islands (BVI). Unlike most countries worldwide, the BVI has no data retention laws that force businesses to collect data about their customers. The legal submission to this overseas territory’s jurisdiction allows us to implement Surfshark’s No Logs policy fully.

However, the company does not operate from the BVI. People at Surfshark are spread out across more than a dozen countries. The company also has five offices located in Lithuania, the UK, Cyprus, the Netherlands, and the Philippines.

What does Surfshark do?

Today Surfshark is offering four privacy and security solutions:

Our story in a nutshell

Globally recognized brand

Trust is paramount for us. We seek trust by delivering high quality, working innovations in the cybersecurity sphere. Since its beginning, Surfshark has been recognized by a number of globally acknowledged independent organizations.

AV-Test approved VPN solution 2020/2019

Mobile VPN Solution of the Year at CyberSecurity Breakthrough Awards 2020

Gold winner for xHot Security Technology of the Year | Security Software

Gold winner for Internet of Things (IoT) Security 2020

Silver winner for Hot Security Company of the Year 2020 | Security Software

Finalist at the Cybersecurity Excellence Awards 2020

Finalist at Cyber Security Awards 2019

Best value VPN 2019 by vpnpro.com

Supporting the open internet

Free, open, and secure internet is the essence of our cause. That is why we proactively support the works of non-profit organizations that advocate for safeguarding the online freedom, reason, and transparency.

Our advisors

Members of Surfshark’s Advisory Board provide confidence to our cause. They are intellectual leaders in the world of privacy, innovation, and growth. All of the members participate in Surfshark activities in their personal capacity.

Dr. Amelia Estwick

Director of the National Cybersecurity Institute at Excelsior College

Amelia Estwick is the director of the National Cybersecurity Institute at Excelsior College and a thought leader for the College’s cybersecurity research, training, and academic initiatives. Prior to her academic position, she served 17 years with the National Security Agency (NSA) in various technical leadership positions to include Technical Director within NSA’s Cyber Threat Operations Center, which is responsible for monitoring and securing Department of Defense (DoD) networks against cyberattacks. Dr. Estwick’s research in cybersecurity and computer science focused on global threat intelligence, operations security, and national defense.

As an educator, Dr. Estwick lectures on cybersecurity and STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) topics of interest. She is passionate about educating the next generation of cybersecurity professionals and currently co-chairs the United States National Centers of Academic Excellence in Cybersecurity Education Diversity Initiative.

She is a National Physical Sciences Consortium Fellow, a U.S. Army Gulf-War Veteran, and was recognized as one of the  Top 100 Women Know Cyber by Cybersecurity Ventures.

Amelia is passionate about diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives to increase the pipeline for women and minority professionals in STEM and cybersecurity fields.

Byron V. Acohido

Pulitzer-winning journalist, the founder and executive editor of The Last Watchdog (LW) on Privacy & Security

The Last Watchdog is one of the top cybersecurity websites globally.

Acohido’s interest in cybersecurity and privacy arose in 2000 when he joined USA TODAY. By chronicling the frenetic emergence of cybercrime in its formative stages, he delivered a nationally-recognized body of work for USAT.

He is the lead author of Zero Day Threat: The Shocking Truth of How Banks And Credit Bureaus Help Cyber Crooks Steal Your Money and Identity. It’s a non-fiction thriller that received the 2009 NYSSCPA Excellence in Financial Journalism Award for general audience books. Acohido’s cogent articles, podcasts, and videos are the gold-standard for smart coverage of complex privacy and security issues distilled for an intelligent audience.

While at the Seattle Times earlier in his career, Acohido received the 1997 Pulitzer Prize for Beat Reporting and 11 other national awards for various profound investigative stories.

Acohido is dedicated to fostering awareness to help make our Internet-centric economy as secure as it ought to be.

Emma Lindley

Co-founder of Women in Identity

Emma Lindley is an advisor in identity and co-founder of Women in Identity – a not-for-profit organisation focused on developing talent and diversity in the identity industry.

Emma also serves on the editorial board for Good ID, the Omidyar funded movement towards ethical and humanitarian principles in the field of digital identity.

She has been recognised in the Innovate Finance Powerlist for Women 2016 and 2017, KNOW Identity Top 100 leaders in Identity in 2017, 2018 and 2019, 100 Women in Tech Awards 2019, and was voted CEO of the year at the KNOW Identity Awards.

She has an MBA from Manchester Business School and completed her thesis in Competitive Strategy in the Identity Market.

Sebastian Bihari

Managing Partner and co-founder of Vektor Partners

Vektor Partners is a venture capital firm investing in companies disrupting the mobility space.

Before co-founding Vektor Partners, Sebastian was Head of Automotive Technology and Mobility Services Investment Banking with global bank BNP Paribas. There, he worked closely with boards and senior management teams of carmakers, part suppliers, and start-ups to develop and execute their strategic agenda, including acquisitions & divestments, capital raises, mergers, and IPOs.

Before that, he worked for US investment banks Moelis and Greenhill, focusing on M&A. Sebastian holds a Master in International Economics and Business Studies from the University of Innsbruck and an MBA from Columbia Business School in New York.

Gediminas Peksys

Co-Founder & CEO of Oxipit

Oxipit, a World Summit Awards 2020 winner in the Health category, is a startup helping radiologists be more productive using Deep Learning technologies.

After graduating in Mathematics at the University of Cambridge, Gediminas has been working at the intersection of Data Science and Software Engineering for the last decade.

Lead by Gediminas, Oxipit won the largest Computer Vision competition in 2017. Also, he helped build Artificial Intelligence (AI) community in Lithuania by organizing numerous meetups and expert discussions. Gediminas is one of the founding members of the AI association of Lithuania.

Susan Morrow

Head of R&D at data orchestration specialists Avoco Secure

Susan has over 20 years of working experience in the cybersecurity and digital identity fields. Before moving into the tech sector, she was an analytical chemist working in environmental and pharmaceutical analysis.

Susan’s core areas of domain expertise include usability, accessibility, and data privacy within a consumer digital transaction context.

Her mantra is to make sure that human beings control technology, not the other way around. She regularly writes on identity and security in publications such as CSOOnline.

Our CEO

Vytautas Kaziukonis (Par Kaz)

Chief Executive Officer

Vytautas is the founder and CEO of Surfshark. Having long-term experience working as a Security officer at various businesses, he decided to establish Surfshark – a new venture dedicated to humanizing privacy protection and online security and making it accessible for everyday users.

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