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IndustryAdvanced threat prevention, cloud access control
Founded2002; 17 years ago (2002)
FounderBenny Czarny
Area served
Number of employees
over 200

OPSWAT is a privately held company that was founded in 2002. They are a global cybersecurity leader with a market-driven approach to security application design and development. Based in San Francisco, CA, they focus on cyberthreat prevention (not just detection), assuming that any file or device entering, traversing, or leaving an enterprise could increase the risk to the enterprise by:

  • Carrying malware
  • Containing sensitive information
  • Introducing application vulnerabilities
  • Triggering a compliance mandate violation

As a result, OPSWAT suggests that organizations should not trust any file coming into the organization. Their philosophy is: Trust no File. Trust no Device.


In 2004, OPSWAT launched their first product, the OESIS Framework SDK. OESIS enables software engineers and technology vendors to develop products for securing and managing endpoints, by detecting, classifying, assessing, and managing thousands of third-party software applications In 2006, OPSWAT released MetaDefender, which detects and prevents cybersecurity threats in data that originates from a variety of sources, including email, BYOD, the cloud, and web portals

  • In XXX, OPSWAT released MetaDefender Content Security is a development platform for DevOps and SecOps that enables them to integrate with their exiting security solution to detect/prevent Integrity, Malware, Data Loss, Vulnerabilities.
  • In XXX, OPSWAT released MetaDefender Cloud, which enables organizations to access and use MetaDefender’s technologies via the cloud.
  • In 2014, OPSWAT released MetaAccess, which prevents risky devices from accessing local networks and cloud applications.
  • In XXX, OPSWAT released Central Management, which enables users to track and manage multiple products from one location.
  • In XXX, OPSWAT released MetaDefender Kiosk, a checkpoint for detecting and stopping security threats before they enter an isolated network.
  • In XXX, OPSWAT released MetaDefender Vault, a secure file transfer and storage solution that enables the transfer of secure files into and out of networks.
  • In XXX, OPSWAT released MetaDefender Email Security, which protects against email borne threats that evade sandboxes and bypass advanced threat protection solutions such as those offered with Office 365 and G Suite.
  • In XXX, OPSWAT released MetaDefender ICAP, which uses the Internet Content Adaptation Protocol (ICAP) to integrate with network appliances.
  • In 2018, OPSWAT released MetaDefender Drive, which enables organizations to truly trust any device, by inspecting any file on the device for, Integrity, Malware, Data Loss, Vulnerabilities.
  • In XXX, OPSWAT released OPSWAT Agent, a free malware analysis tool available.

In 2018, they became a market leader in the licensing of Content Disarm Reconstruction (CDR) technology. In 2018, a U.S. government test rated OPSWAT’s CDR as best, compared to five other CDR solution vendors. Since XXX, OPSWAT’s certification program has certified the compatibility of endpoint security applications with access control and zero trust solutions. Over 100 endpoint security application vendors participate in OPSWAT certification. Over 100 million devices are protected by access control and zero trust vendor solutions that rely on OPSWAT certification to determine whether those devices are running trusted endpoint security applications. As of 2017, OPSWAT has limited the availability of the OESIS Framework SDK to selected OEM customers. Leading vendors use the OESIS Framework SDK to integrate OPSWAT’s advanced endpoint security features into their solutions, resulting in over 100 million endpoints currently running OESIS Framework SDK libraries. They currently have over 1,000 customer accounts in over 70 countries, including:

  • 5 of the 10 largest U.S. organizations in the Banking, Financial Institution, and Insurance sector.
  • 6 of the 10 largest energy companies in the world
  • 3 of the 5 largest aerospace companies in the world
  • 98% of commercial and research nuclear power plants in the United States

(Most North American nuclear power plant operators use OPSWAT’s MetaDefender Kiosk, making MetaDefender the leading hardware-based portable media detection and file sanitization solution for the North American nuclear industry.)

Office Locations[edit]

OPSWAT headquarters is located in the Potrero Hill district of San Francisco. OPSWAT also has other office locations:


OPSWAT plans to become a compliance and prevention standard that is instrumental in creating a digital world that is private, immune to malware, and protected against cyber attacks. The company’s mission is to protect organizations from cybersecurity threats in an elegant, usable, and effective way. This means helping organizations protect their IT assets and helping them deal with the challenges of moving to the cloud or to air-gapped networks and the challenges inherent in implementing BYOD policies and the proliferation of mobile devices. They want to eliminate security risks from the data and devices that come in to and go out of any organization.