About us

Our mission

A world where every business can proactively secure themselves

Our mission is to democratise security and privacy. We believe that cybersecurity is the single most powerful tool for business growth and continuity, yet few businesses actually have access to it in an affordable and achievable way.

We enable everyone, not just those with unlimited resourcing, to protect their data and move their mission forward.

Our Values

Core values

Play as one team

As team players, we’re all striving towards the same goal. We work together to do what’s best for each other and our customers. We build trust through collaboration and transparency, and we know that great things happen with the power of many.

Move forward with empathy

We show up, we own our mistakes and we get 1% better every day. No heroes or martyrs, we understand everyone brings something unique to the team and our customers are unique in their missions.

Do great things and move fast

We know that growth is possible—as people, as a team, as a company, and for our customers—when we commit to continual improvement. We’re not afraid to fail, nothing is out of reach, and no idea is too big. Growth requires risk and big thinking.

Innovate for everyone

Our mission is to enable every business to secure themselves. We prioritise accessibility in our brand, in our product, and for our customers. Every decision is made with ease of use in mind to deliver the best user experience possible.

Embrace every challenge

We stay open-minded so that we can make progress together. Every challenge or difference in opinion is a chance to move closer towards our mission. We share, we listen, we learn—and do so with a positive attitude.

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“Systems can be secure as you like and you can be ticking all the boxes, but if people are not following good practice, then it's all largely moot.”
Peter Simmons, CTO at MyHR

A cybersecurity solution that boosts company-wide awareness and focus on continual improvement 📈

Understanding that cybersecurity is an evergreen process that needs continual monitoring if it's going to be effective, the team at MyHR is working through the list and ensuring that they stay on track.

"We can just keep coming back to it and get on with whatever the next task is," says Peter. "Having that ability means we know we're on the right journey, and that's pretty helpful."

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A simple, easy-to-use solution making life easier 📝

Since using Onwardly, the team at Inviol and their board are reassured that their customer data and their IP is safe. "I can tell the board that we have a security policy in place and we're working through the list of standards," says Tane. "We've still got a few boxes to tick, but we're getting there.

"When asked about the strengths of the Onwardly platform, Tane is quick to emphasise how easy both the solution and the process is. "It's a really easy way to get your security sorted," he says. "That's the main thing for us - it makes our lives easier."

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“The pre-built policy was one of the most valuable features for us. And the list of action items we needed to get better."
Tane van der Boon, CEO at Inviol

Our Motto

Security for everyone

CEO & Founder

Phil Howie

Phil is the Founder & CEO of Onwardly. He has spent the last decade working in high-growth SaaS businesses and was employee #1 at Pushpay, a $100m+ global kiwi success story. Phil has over 20 years of experience delivering high-quality digital experiences and is dedicated to delivering great products to that delight customers and deliver long-lasting value.

Erwan Joly

Senior Software Development Engineer

Gemma Tuffield

Lead User Experience Designer

Amie Finlayson

Growth Marketer

Our Journey

The story so far


Trial Onwardly for free
In late September, we released a brand new experience of Onwardly. Now you can trial building your security and privacy programs for free over 7 days.
The Onwardly brand is refreshed
An update to our logo, colour palette and brand values to match our vision to enable every organisation to proactively defend themselves.
Released Privacy program
In July 2022, we launched Privacy, in partnership with security consultancy, Simply Privacy. Everything you need to be privacy ready in 30 days.
Winner of iSANZ Best Startup
In March 2022, we won the Best Startup award for a new security business at iSANZ Awards 2021. Onwardly was a finalist with two other security startups.


Raised $1m seed funding
In December 2021, we successfully raised $1m in seed funding, after a strong first year of growth. Onwardly welcomes several investors to the fold, and the capital will fund further product development and sales growth.
Welcomed foundational customers
Onwardly welcomes new foundational customers ArchiPro, Gravitate, Optimal Workshop and SwipedOn!
Onwardly Score report is released
In July 2021, we released a new Onwardly Score report that aims to help businesses understand their cybersecurity goals more effectively.
Featured on Stuff.co.nz
In March 2021, Onwardly founder and CEO Phil was featured on Stuff.co.nz.
Onwardly officially launches!
In February 2021, Onwardly goes into general availability. Businesses can sign up for Onwardly and begin to make rapid progress on improving their security programs.
Partnered with SafeStack
Laura Bell (SafeStack CEO and Founder) joins Onwardly as an investor and advisor.
Onwardly released to beta
The product is ready, and private beta begins. Businesses start improving and operating their security programs. Early feedback is positive.


Onwardly is founded
2020 was a entirely different year for us all. Amidst the unfolding events, the opportunity to create Onwardly was clear, and thus the company was born.

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