Penta Security

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Penta Security Systems Inc.
IndustryIT Security
Area served
Australia, China, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Philippine, Rwanda, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand, United States (Alphabetical Order)
Key people
Number of employees
200+ (2016)

Penta Security Systems Inc. (Korean: 펜타시큐리티시스템㈜) is an information technology (IT) security firm headquartered in Seoul, South Korea. Penta Security offers web application security, database security, and single sign-on solutions.[1] Most recently, Penta Security has revealed plans to develop and implement a blockchain-based data market for automobile data.



Founded in 1997 by Seokwoo Lee,[2] and headquartered in Seoul, South Korea, Penta Security Systems Inc. is a provider of web application security products and core technology, with more than 3,100 installed customers in government, large enterprise, small and medium business, education, and finance and medical institutions.

Subsidiaries and International Expansion[edit]

The Japanese branch office was initially set up in 2006, while the subsidiary, Penta Security Systems K.K., was incorporated later in Akasaka, Tokyo, Japan in 2009. Penta Security Systems Corporation was later established in Texas, United States, in 2014.

The three branches (Penta Security Systems, Inc., Penta Security Systems K.K and Penta Security Co.) are focused on providing IT security needs and requirements of South Korea to Japan (2009), Thailand (2010), Malaysia (2011), Singapore (2010) Taiwan (2011), Australia (2011), Indonesia (2011), Rwanda (2013), and the United States (2013)[3]

Security R&D Center[edit]

Penta Security has a research and development center so that researchers can conduct independent technology studies for the company. The R&D center has over 70 research specialists, a large portion of its complete workforce. Penta Security also fosters potential future information security officers by hiring employees from vocational high schools and university collaboration programs for its R&D center.[4]

Key People[edit]

  • Seokwoo Greg Lee (CEO/Founder)
  • DS Kim (Chief Strategy Officer)
  • Daniel ES Kim (Chief Technology Officer)
  • Jaeson Yoo (Chief Security Evangelist)
  • Sang Gyoo Sim (AMO Labs CEO)

Main Products[edit]


WAPPLES is a Web Application Firewall (WAF) that uses a logical analysis based engine rather than the traditional pattern matching method. The engine uses a system of 26 rules to execute logical traffic. Using this method, the WAF claims to have lower false positive rates than WAFs from competitors. The product has been certified by ICSA Labs, and is EAL4-CC and PCI-DSS certified. Although a hardware appliance, the product also supports virtual appliances for cloud environments.


D'Amo is an encryption solution with multiple components that are optimized for different layers and environments. Using an FIPS-approved[citation needed] encryption algorithm, the solution claims to be Korea's first standardized encryption algorithm. Also, D'Amo is a CC EAL3+ Certified key management server. Different components within the product protect data through the different levels of the IT-infrastructure (application, system, network layers).


Cloudbric is Security-as-a-service (SECaaS) model that provides website protection at a low cost utilizing the WAPPLES' COCEP engine. The product won 2016's Best SME Security Solution at SC Magazine Awards Europe.[5] The service launched as an independent startup in December 2017 with a $10 million business valuation.[6]

Internet of Things (IoT) Security[edit]

With the emergence of the Internet of Things, or IoT, Penta Security began research and development of IoT security, ranging from smart car security to genuine product authentication. They launched their first IoT security solution in 2015.

AutoCrypt (Connected car security)[edit]

AutoCrypt is a security solution for smart, connected cars, allowing for security for vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V), vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2I), and vehicle-to-device (V2D). The solution includes an advanced firewall utilizing WAPPLES technology, an authentication and encryption system for V2X communication, a key management system to store and generate encryption keys, as well as a public key infrastructure (PKI) system to generate certificates for vehicles.

Penta Smart Factory Security (Smart Factory Security)[edit]

Penta Smart Factory Security is Penta Security's smart factory security solution which collects data and processes control within the smart factory environment. The solution covers both hardware and software-type encryption modules for endpoint security and includes PKI and a VPN server optimized for the IoT environment.

D'EAL (Genuine product authentication)[edit]

D'EAL, short for D'Amo SEAL, is a solution to aid in preventing damage caused by counterfeit products. Using PKI-based technology and hardware duplication protection, the solution can be implemented into different wireless communication technologies such as electronic tags (in forms of stickers), and insertion into inner fabrics and metallic logos without compromising the brand design, while ensuring a high level of security.

AMO Blockchain (Blockchain for Car Data Market)[edit]

AMO blockchain
AMO Market

In May 2018, Penta Security revealed to the press that plans were underway to create and implement a blockchain-based data market called AMO, short for AutoMObile.[7]

According to their website, they plan on having the mainnet of the blockchain available by 3Q of 2019.[8] The data market will consist of the AMO Blockchain and the AMO Platform, which will support the blockchain and operations. Participants can be any individual, company, service provider, or manufacturer related to the automotive industry. As they participate in the market ecosystem, the participants will be rewarded with AMO Coin, the company's cryptocurrency which then can in turn be used to buy services or turn back into monetary assets.

To continue to develop the project, Penta Security expanded its offices to incorporate AMO Labs, based in Singapore. In April, they appointed Dr. Sang Gyoo Sim as CEO of AMO Labs. Sim was the original creator of AutoCrypt, the connected car security solution, and holds a Ph.D in Information Security and M.S. in Electrical Engineering from POSTECH. According to the website, he has had over 15 years of experience in IT security, and heads the Penta IoT Convergence Lab.

Industry recognition[edit]

  • In 2003, Penta Security was awarded by the South Korean government for completing the e-Government project.
  • In 2006, D’Amo received the GS (Good Software) Certification from the Telecommunications Technology Association of Korea.[9]
  • In 2007, WAPPLES received the GS (Good Software) Certification from the Telecommunications Technology Association of Korea.[10][11]
  • In 2008, WAPPLES received the Intelligent Product Award from South Korea’s Intelligent Information System Society.[12]
  • In 2009, WAPPLES received the Grand Prize in New Software Product from the South Korean Ministry of Knowledge and Economy.[13]
  • In 2009, WAPPLES acquired a Certificate of Compliance to PCI-DSS ver. 1.2 Requirement 6.6.[14]
  • In 2009, Penta Security received the "Prime Minister’s Award" in the New Technology Commercialization category from the Korean Ministry of Knowledge and Economy.[15]
  • In 2010, WAPPLES received the Grand Prize at the 9th Korea Software Competitiveness Awards.[16]
  • In 2010, Seokwoo Lee was honored in the Senior Information Security Professional category at the International Information System Security Certification Consortium (ISC)² Fourth Asia-Pacific Information Security Leadership Achievements Program.[17]
  • In 2010, WAPPLES earned the IPv6 Ready Silver Logo (IPv6).[18]
  • In 2011, Penta Security became a member of the Open Web Application Security Project (OWASP).[19]
  • in 2011, Penta Security's database security solution, D’Amo 2.3, received SAP certification.[20][21]
  • In 2014, WAPPLES received the "Web Application Firewall of the Year" from Frost & Sullivan for the second year in a row.[22]
  • In 2015, WAPPLES received ICSA Labs WAF Certification.[23]
  • In 2016, Penta Security received the title of "2016 Asian Cyber Security Vendor of the Year" by Frost & Sullivan.
  • In 2018, Penta Security's database security product D'Amo won first place in the Cybersecurity Excellence Awards, and the company's IoT security solution "Penta Smart Factory Security" won third place.[24]

Company Milestone[edit]


  • Penta Security Systems was founded




  • Penta Security introduced their ISign EAM solution[26]


  • Penta Security established the PKI project with the South Korean government[27]


  • D’Amo, Penta Security’s database security solution, was introduced[28]
  • Penta Security extended sales of D’Amo to Japan




  • D’Amo for DB2 was introduced[30]


  • The official Japanese subsidiary branch, Penta Security Systems K.K., was incorporated[31]




  • Penta Security releases MyDiamo, an advanced encryption suite for open source database, MySQL.
  • Penta Security celebrated its 15th anniversary
  • WAPPLES was granted a Japanese patent for its algorithm-based, application-layer attack detection engine.[34]


  • MyDiamo, engine–level encryption solutions, launched for MySQL and MariaDB
  • Real-time web application firewall inspection service WMP (WAPPLES Management Portal) start
  • Japan’s cloud-type web application firewall service WCSP (WAPPLES Cloud Service Platform) launch


  • Korea’s first vehicle communication security technology acquisition (Full implementation of IEEE 1609.2 standard and apply the test best)
  • The official United States subsidiary, Penta Security Systems Corporation was incorporated.


  • WAPPLES continues to lead in the Asia Pacific market for third consecutive year[35]
  • WAPPLES received ICSA Labs WAF Certification[23]


  • D'EAL (Genuine product authentication solution) released
  • Awarded "Asian Cyber Security Vendor of the Year" by Frost & Sullivan


  • Started smart factory and smart metering security solutions

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Bloomberg Businessweek. "Penta Security Systems, Inc. Snapshot" Retrieved on 7 November 2011.
  2. ^ Bloomberg Businessweek. "Penta Security Systems Inc. Executive Profile: Seokwoo Lee" Retrieved on 7 November 2011
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  4. ^ [1] Retrieved on 17 June 2014
  5. ^ "PR Web". PR Web. June 13, 2016. Retrieved October 7, 2016.
  6. ^ "Cloudbric Launches As An Independent Startup Following Immense Growth in 2017". PRWeb. Retrieved 2018-02-28.
  7. ^ "Penta Security Systems Unveils Plans for Reverse ICO, "AMO" Data Market for Automotive Industry". PR Newswire. Retrieved May 8, 2018.
  8. ^ "AMO Foundation".
  9. ^ TTA인증제품목록 "인증기업 및 제품 상세보기: D'Amo" Retrieved on 7 November 2011
  10. ^ TTA인증제품목록 "인증기업 및 제품 상세보기: WAPPLES" Retrieved on 7 November 2011
  11. ^ Korean Information Security Industry Portal "Penta Security, Web fire Wall WAPPLES received the GS certificate" Archived 27 May 2012 at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved on 16 November 2011
  12. ^ Korea Intelligent Information System Society "학술논문상" Archived 25 April 2012 at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved on 7 November 2011
  13. ^ "신SW 상품대상 3월·4월 수상작 일반 및 임베디드 SW 부문" 30 April 2009, Retrieved 22 November 2011
  14. ^ JCN Newswire, "Penta Security’s Web Application Firewall, WAPPLES, Awarded PCI DSS Certification in Japan"[permanent dead link] Published 15 December 2009, Retrieved on 7 November 2011.
  15. ^ "펜타시큐리티, 2009 신기술실용화 국무총리 표창 수상" by Jeongwon Kim, 7 November 2009, Retrieved 22 November 2011
  16. ^ "대한민국 SW기업 경쟁력 대상 SW의 금메달리스트들, 세계 향해 날차기" by Insoon Kim, 24 February 2010, Retrieved 22 November 2011
  17. ^ (ISC)² "News for Immediate Release" Archived 6 April 2012 at the Wayback Machine. by Kitty Chung, 15 July 2010, retrieved on 15 November 2011.
  18. ^ "Details of Logo 01-000553" Retrieved on 23 November 2011.
  19. ^ OWASP The Open Web Application Security Project, "Membership", Retrieved on 17 November 2011
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  21. ^ a b SAP "Partner Information Solution Details" 8 Aug 2011, Retrieved 5 December 2011
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  24. ^ "2018 Cybersecurity Product Awards - Winners and Finalists (1 of 2) - Cybersecurity Excellence Awards". Retrieved 2018-02-28.
  25. ^ Korea Information Security Industry Portal "Penta Security Systems, Inc. Company Info" Archived 23 May 2012 at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved on 15 November 2011.
  26. ^ Naver News "로그인 한번으로 수십개 전산시스템 접속..'싱글사이온' 선봬" by T.W. Kim, 23 May 2001, Retrieved 22 Nov 2011
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  28. ^ Naver News "펜타시큐리티시스템, DB 보안솔루션 출시" by Dongjun Jang, 29 March 2004, Retrieved 22 November 2011
  29. ^ Digital Daily "펜타시큐리티, SQL서버 DB정보 보안 솔루션 출시" by Yuji Lee, 30 October 2006, Retrieved 22 November 2011
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