Scott Petry founded email security vendor Postini in March of 1999 in a bid to help individuals and organizations defend against the scourge of spam. Postini was acquired by Google in 2007 and Petry stayed as director of product management until 2011 when he went on to co-found a new startup, Authentic8.

In a video interview, Petry details how his sale of Postini to Google was a positive event and why he left to start Authentic8 to help usher in a new era of security tools. The Authentic8 service provides users with what can be described as a disposable browser, that is an ephemeral browser that is cloud hosted and hardened against many common internet risks.

The Authentic8 stack makes use of Ubuntu Linux and the Mozilla Firefox web browser, though browsing tools are only part of the total solution.

"We're called Authentic8 because we're not just a disposable browser," Petry said. "We also include identity and access management tools, and single sign-on capabilities."

Watch the full video with Scott Petry below:


Sean Michael Kerner is a senior editor at eSecurityPlanet and Follow him on Twitter @TechJournalist