Our culture & values
Companies are virtual entities that embody the sum of their objectives, cultures, hopes, talents and histories. One of the most complex parts of their scaling process is to preserve this uniqueness that makes them both talented and attractive.
So many large corporations lost their souls and are frantically trying to compensate by acquiring smaller companies. This new blood is injected to rejuvenate the ghost, but like botox, it just has a temporary effect for a long-term cost.
Do we use our product? Not just at work, but at home as well? Of course we do!
Yes, we are specialists, former red team pentesters, DevOps, SecOps, DevSecOps, Admins. That is precisely why we should make a product not for ourselves only, but for everyone. You should be able to secure yourselves in 2 minutes, without deep security knowledge. And if you are a rockstar working for a big hosting company, you should be able to tweak, adjust and use more complex features. One size fits all.
A community is a big thing to start, to care for, a great responsibility. But it also gives you strength, a sense of purpose. If you are facing an issue, personal or professional, we are here for you. So is the community. So be there for them, for us, for yourselves.
We have one mission and one only. We don’t intend any time soon to provide side services, integration, compliance, training, or whatever else. We are an open-source security software editor. Being good at it means there is close to no space for any other mission.
We love, we train. CrowdSec is a company founded by people with more than 50 combined years of entrepreneurship experience. We want to share it, make you the next generation of entrepreneurs. You get access to everything. Every single material or piece of content you qualify as beneficial for growth.
And on top of that, we hold training sessions to take you always further. Live it from inside, replicate and adapt for yourself later. This company’s members will be your investors someday!
Where do we come from?
Thibault & Philippe, 2 of CrowdSec founders, used to work in high security hosting, which was kind of a new field back in the 2010’s. They designed a stack of protection which would also block IPs that made violations.
One day, one of their clients, a famous sports-oriented e-commerce shop was under attack. It was not a real problem since it was protected by a robust stack, but the hacker used more than 3,000 IP addresses to try to aggress the website. At this exact moment came this idea that would be the genesis of CrowdSec.
“What if we share those IPs with our peers and colleagues in the industry? That would cripple this hacker’s operations even further right?”
This was the starting point of a long journey, involving a lot of great minds into designing a lightweight product, Waze-like, that would not only block attacks but also share IPs with all its user community.
“Safer together” was born. The team started to gather around this idea that instead of being isolated sitting ducks, waiting to be picked one by one by the enemy, we could rather organize a sort of Internet neighborhood watch.
Yes, open-source can make money ethically!
At CrowdSec, we hire very skilled people and we like them to be dedicated to our mission: making the Internet a safer place for everyone. That doesn’t exactly match the vision of some open source icons, who prefer to stay frugal.
Well… Thank you but no thank you. We pay well, to get the most efficient and mission-driven professionals. How to solve the equation of a solution that should be open source and free, for the greatest number to benefit from it, but at the same time pay our people well?
We had to find a clean, respectful business model, that would make us sustainable, while being fair towards the people making the solution stronger: our community.
We are all equal, regardless of our salaries, positions, career paths.
We are always fully transparent with each other so nothing becomes a problem.
We treat everyone with respect & trust.
We value all users and community members, no matter their expertise level.
We onboard new family members the best way we can.