1Password Acquires Kolide

Jason Meller
February 20th, 2024

Today, I’m delighted to announce that Kolide is joining 1Password.

Before I delve into why this is great news, let me answer some of your most immediate questions. First, Kolide’s product isn’t going anywhere. More importantly, we (the humans of Kolide) aren’t going anywhere. As a fully intact team, we are continuing to build, iterate, support, and evolve Kolide Device Trust as the central pillar of 1Password Extended Access Management (XAM). If your experience with us changes, our expectation is that it’s only because it got better.

So why do this? Why 1Password? Let me explain with one of my favorite quotes from Andy Warhol:

“What’s great about this country is that America started the tradition where the richest consumers buy essentially the same things as the poorest. You can be watching TV and see Coca-Cola, and you know that the President drinks Coke, Liz Taylor drinks Coke, and just think, you can drink Coke, too. A Coke is a Coke and no amount of money can get you a better Coke than the one the bum on the corner is drinking. All the Cokes are the same and all the Cokes are good. Liz Taylor knows it, the President knows it, the bum knows it, and you know it.”

The quote hasn’t aged perfectly, but Andy’s sentiment has been forever seared into my soul. Everyone deserves the best we as a species have to offer. If I had to think of a security brand that embodies the spirit of this quote, it could only be 1Password.1

1Password is a product I have enthusiastically recommended to all that would listen for over a decade. From the most discerning cybersecurity experts to my mom, I know it will be the best password manager they could ever use. I can do that because they make the incredibly complicated world of password authentication and secret storage feel so simple, you can’t even remember why you ever worried about it in the first place. By using it, you feel confident, not just because it works well, but because the people who made it—who poured everything they had into it—stand behind it.

It was always my hope that we at Kolide should do for device security what 1Password has done for password management. It is my belief that every person in the world deserves to use computers with dignity and without fear of being taken advantage of by criminals and bad actors who seek to degrade, deny, or destroy the incredible things we all accomplish with the help of these magical devices.

When I wrote Honest Security, it was a manifesto meant to inspire our industry to reverse the toxic methods IT and security teams use to solve device security problems. Instead of solutions that pound “users” into submission, we should educate and empower human beings to protect themselves by simplifying the enormous task of securing their devices.

When we released Kolide Device Trust last February, we finally shipped the product that delivered on the promises made in Honest Security. We were instantly inundated with folks looking to deploy a zero-trust access model that not only protected their apps but gave their users the tools to solve problems on their own. It worked, and we grew and grew and grew.

It’s been clear since the launch of Device Trust that we need to get these capabilities into everyone’s hands. 1Password shares the same spirit and heart that made it possible for us to create a product like Kolide in the first place. Together, we can get the best way to secure devices and apps into everyone’s hands, no matter who you are.

We hope you are as excited as we are about this next step in our journey. We can’t wait to show you what comes next.

Frequently Asked Questions

We are incredibly excited to announce that Kolide is joining 1Password. This acquisition secures our future and enables us to continue bringing user-first security to everyone, as part of a company that shares our values and goals.

1Password views Kolide as an important part of their future plans and values both our product and our team. (As a mark of our mutual enthusiasm, 100% of Kolide’s staff is joining 1Password.) We want to bring you, our valued customers, with us for this next chapter. Let’s start by answering some of your questions:

As a Kolide customer, what does this acquisition mean for me?

Kolide’s Device Trust product now serves as the core of 1Password XAM. This means that it comes integrated with the best Enterprise Password Manager available. Your data is even more secure than ever from unauthorized access and credential-based attacks. And you can enjoy the confidence of knowing that Kolide is now a part of 1Password–a company that boasts incredible success and a sterling reputation. You can feel good knowing that Kolide Device Trust, which you rely on, has a stable and secure future.

However, this means that Kolide Device Trust is no longer available for purchase as a standalone product. For new and renewing clients, we will work with you through every stage of rolling out XAM and implementing this change.

What changes should I expect to Kolide Device Trust?

If you’re already a Kolide customer, you can expect more of the same great product you’re using today, with future improvements to features and more options for SSO integration–like the aforementioned support for Google Workspace and Microsoft Entra.

Kolide Device Trust is the central component of XAM, 1Password’s most ambitious new product since its founding. The overarching goal of XAM is to secure apps, identities, and devices that fall outside the scope of traditional IAM and MDM solutions. The Kolide team is leading the charge on this effort and is receiving additional investment and headcount. Our team is working to complete our Device Trust vision so it can become the central connective tissue that enables the other pieces of Extended Access Management to work. For instance, we have some killer features planned that will combine Device Trust, unfederated apps, and 1Password’s Watchtower service in the future.

As for what isn’t changing–we will always remain committed to making security that puts people first. Every change we make will be with the goal to further serve Kolide and 1Password’s shared principles.

Will you still support the Kolide Device Trust Okta integration?

Yes! We have no plans to stop offering Device Trust via Okta, only to grow and expand it, including adding support for Okta’s newly released features.

What other IdPs do you plan to support in addition to Okta?

Our planned support for Google Workspace and then Microsoft Entra is just the beginning as we expand our integrations. If you have another IdP in mind, please fill out this survey. We’d love to hear from you so we can prioritize our integration plans for the future.

What changes should I expect to Kolide K2? Can I still use my Slack-based Kolide?

There are no planned changes to Kolide K2. Existing customers will be able to use the Slack app as usual for the foreseeable future.

Will there be a pricing change as a result of this acquisition?

For existing customers, all of Kolide’s prices are staying the same through 2024. Longer term, pricing and packaging models for XAM will change to reflect new features and integrations. We remain committed to keeping XAM accessible to all of our existing customers and to any new customers who want to keep their systems safe. Reach out with any questions!

Will there be changes to service or support?

Because Kolide is the core of XAM, our team will continue to lead in its service and support. The same channels you’ve always used for support are still available today, and all our staff (including Emily and Dan!) are joining us.

Can I add XAM to my 1Password subscription?

Absolutely! We’re eager to help existing 1Password customers roll out device trust with XAM. If you use Okta for your IdP, you can even buy it right now. To talk to sales and request a demo, fill out the form here.

I have more questions–who can I talk to?

We’d love to hear from you. Please reach out to support for more details and context.

  1. The irony is not lost on me that 1Password is actually a Canadian company. Just let me have this one. 

Share this story:

More articles you
might enjoy:

Introducing 1Password® Extended Access Management With Kolide
Jason Meller
How Commonlit Balances Student Security and Employee Privacy
Watershed Thinks Big to Keep a Small Team Secure
Watch a Demo
Watch a Demo