Securing human rights defenders
Simply. Comprehensively.


We build tools to help keep human rights defenders safe. We bring existing tools together and build needed tools and content, creating simple, comprehensive security solutions.


Our team is passionate about what we do and how we do it. We are security experts. We are developers. We are designers. We are human rights defenders.


Want to join us? We need funding, skills and testers. Partner with us on development work or contribute to our app content on our open Wiki.


Human rights defenders are more at risk than ever. 2012 was one of the worst years for their harassment in recorded history. Knowing how to operate securely is no longer an aspirational ideal, but a requisite. While there exist a number of instrumental online security tools, collectively, they face a number of problems – they are dispersed, complex, focused solely on cyber-security, quickly out-dated, often unavailable on mobile devices, and are lacking in a management system. What we need is a simple, easily accessible tool that collates and automates tools and helps human rights defenders secure not just themselves, but one-another. This is what Security First aims to provide.


Security First is an organisation that works to increase the security of human rights defenders – simply and comprehensively. We are building Umbrella, a mobile application that provides all the information and tools needed for a human rights defender to operate safely. With step-by-step processes for every situation from sending a secure email to emergency evacuation – Security First will provide human rights defenders with a one-stop-shop for all the latest tools and know-how of how to operate securely as and when they need it.

Securing human rights defenders

Simply. Comprehensively.
Because security must come first.