About Us


Founded in 1999 by John Choi who envisioned a fully customizable data security solution that helps organizations to focus on their proficiency instead of taking the burden of securing their data, MarkAny grew to be one of the dominant data security solution providers in South Korea today. MarkAny currently takes care of approximately 4,000 customers around the globe with its industry-grade technology which has been highly commended by countless patents and awards as proven track records. With over 17 years of expertise and market insights into data security, MarkAny is here to be your trusted partner of choice.


In May of 2001, MarkAny developed Document SAFER™, the world’s first DRM (Digital Rights Management) solution designed to prevent breaches in the nation’s critical data and advanced technologies. In October of 2001, e-Page SAFER™ was released as the world’s first solution of document forgery. prevention The solution has contributed to uplift the level of public administrative services by significant improvement and further promoted the advent of e-government in Korea. MarkAny, to extend the expertise in data security from the document as a new form of application to content industry, successfully launched Content SAFER™ as digital rights management platform and has facilitated to the development of Korea’s digital content industry of music, video and e-book by creating secure environment for the distribution of multimedia content. Over the last 17 years, MarkAny has been well recognized by a number of awards and certificates and took a pride in winning three presidential awards for continued contributions to the growth of Korea’s IT industry.


MarkAny is the world leader in the diverse business area across data security, e-certificate forgery prevention, content distribution and media security solution – watermarking and DRM (Digital Rights Management). It is MarkAny’s innovation through constant research and development of core technology that makes a significant difference and enables the delivery of customer – oriented service. This approach brings our customers full satisfaction with MarkAny’s technical capability and responsive support to best meet their needs, In return, we are proud of remarkable accomplishments of system deployment to more than 1,000 organizations including Korea’s government agencies and a number of renowned enterprises – Samsung, LG, Hyundai, and Irdeto.

John Choi

President & CEO

He is one of three researchers who founded MarkAny as a start-up and government’s funded academic lab in 1999 and was named a President and CEO by recognition of a significant endeavor to promote international business.

In his role, he has successfully launched numerous high end tech products to the global marketplace and taken a thoughtful leadership in the company’s overall technology strategy and management of anti-piracy efforts as well as MarkAny’s advanced technology research and intellectual property development.

He has spent more than forty years in the digital security and anti-piracy industry as a professor and entrepreneur with extensive knowledge of data security, content protection, as well as forensic watermarking technology. He served as a former leader of Korea Institute of Science and Technology (KIST) to lead Artificial Intelligence (AI) lab and is a professor of software and signal processing at Sang Myung University in Seoul.

John holds his Ph.D. in Management Information System (MIS) from the University of South Carolina in the States after earning a bachelor’s degree in Computer Engineering from Aju University in the Republic of Korea.

(Joy) Kim


Kyung-Hyun joined MarkAny as a Chief of Human Resources Development Center and has organizational responsibility for MarkAny’s HR function, including HR strategy, policies and programs, and the operational delivery of HR services.

Prior to joining MarkAny, she held various career across HRD and ICT project, including R&D at ASTD, research at the University of Iowa, eLearning business at Dongbu CNI, information system development and system integration at Samsung Data Systems (SDS).

She holds a Master’s degree in Computer Science and Ph.D. in Instructional Design & Technology from the University of Iowa.

Historical Milestones



· Supplied e-Document Authentication Solution to Intertek Korea.



· Launched Cloud Service of Document SAFER (GooRoom DRM)


· Released TTS(Text-to-Sound) Application for e-Certificate Service


· Developed DRM Technology for Smartphone and DEX Environment


· Developed Next Generation DRM Technology based on Kernel Level


· Released an Appliance Model of Document SAFER



· Won the Minister Prize for developing Advanced MDM Technology


· Released ‘Mobile Sticker™’, Serverless MDM Solution for Visitors.


· Hosted ‘MarkAny Security Revolution’ Conference


· Sponsored ‘Inside 3D Printing Conference’ (New York, USA)


· Selected as Best Star Company by Korea Credit Guarantee Fund



· Developed Radio Sound Source Automatic Identification System with KBS


· Obtained ‘The 3D Printing Contents Distribution Platform Project’ from MISP


· Released ‘Outlook SAFER’, a Solution for Protecting Document for Outlook

· Applied Audio Fingerprinting Technology to Closed Captioning


· Signed Partnership with S-1 Corporation for DRM SaaS Business

· Certified for Compatibility in e-Government Standard Framework


· Released ‘BlackFort’, a Network Security Technology, Optimized for Cloud Environments


· Supplied database access control system to 179 local governments across Korea.



·Supplied audio watermarking to SBS real-time network broadcasting


· Acquired MDM(Mobile Device Management) Patent


· Successfully completed the ITB ODA project in Indonesia


· Developed KIDS technology, an electronic signature that does not require a separate key


· Forged business partnerships with RaphaCube and Softonnet


· Implemented CCTV footage security and transfer management system for the entire area of the City of Tongyeong, Gyeongsangnam-do

· Released CAD SAFER, a specialized DRM solution for CAD documents



· Provided Google Widevine DRM Porting Service for the 1st in Korea


· Launched Mobile Application Security solution, APP SAFER


· Developed mobile forgery verification for reporting tool document


· Launched Mobile Device Management solution, Aegis SAFER


· Launched Automatic Contents Recognition solution, MediaPlus

· Launched mobile verification of document forgery, Smart Detect


· Provided solutions to prevent the Leakage of Information on smart devices for the Indonesian Government



· Launched the personal information security solution, Privacy SAFER


· Designated as the Advanced Technology Center by the Ministry of Knowledge and Economy

· Demonstrated the comprehensive e-book solution at the e-Book Expo Tokyo


· Acquired GS certification from the Telecommunications Technology Association (TTA) for the Geo Tracker software


· Developed the world’s first open web forgery prevention solution


· Provided document security solution software to the Qatar Ministry of Interior

· Inaugurated the new President Han Young-soo (former executive of Samsung SDS)



· Acquired GS certification from the Telecommunications Technology Association (TTA) for the Mobile SecuReady software


· Selected to establish the e-book platform for Shinsegae Inc.


· Built the electronic certification solution software for the Supreme Court in Dubai


· Signed the development agreement for the digital document distribution solution software with Inzisoft


· Selected as the “Hi Seoul Brand” Outstanding Enterprise by Seoul City


· Attended the GSMA Mobile World Congress 2011

· Launched the watermarking Geo Tracker for tracking location



· Selected for the National Tax Service digital document security system project


· Secured the document security system project for all Woori Financial Group affiliates

· Selected as the e-book standard DRM by Korea Publishing Content


· Built the content and app store for the 2010 Automobile IT Innovation for the Ministry of Knowledge and Economy

· Formed the strategic partnership with ZL Technologies (USA) for email archiving

· Visited by the Thai Ministry of Commerce for a technology tour

2009 09 Launched the MarkAny 2012 Neo-DRM Solution Day
09 Signed an export agreement on audio watermarking solution software with the Universal Music Group (USA)
07 Launched the online postal service advancement project
06 Selected by the National Intelligence Service to provide encryption product services to the government for document security and forgery
05 Held the MarkAny channel partnership ceremony
2008 07 Selected for the IT Security Innovation Award by the Digital Daily for the e-banking SAFER software
05 Obtained the Information Protection Product Security Conformity Certification for the e-Page SAFER software from the National Intelligence Service
04 Won the Grand Prize at the DT Brand Power Award for the Document SAFER software
02 Attended the Secure Middle East Congress (Dubai, UAE)
02 Won the Outstanding award at the 7th Korea Software Competitiveness Award
01 Obtained the World-class Product Certification for the Internet Certification Document Issue Solution software from the Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Energy
2007 09 Attended IBC 2007 (Amsterdam, Netherlands)
07 Recognized as a Small & Medium Business Industry Security Technology Developer by the Seoul Business Agency
06 Established an agreement with Digimarc (USA) on the joint use of watermarking patents3/td>
03 Attended CeBIT (Hanover, Germany)
02 Obtained Security System Conformity Certification by the National Intelligence Services for the Document SAFER software
2006 03 Obtained Security System Conformity Certification by the National Intelligence Services for the Document SAFER software
03 Acquired GS certification from Telecommunications Technology Association (TTA) for the Content SAFER software
01 Won the Grand Prize at the 4th Top 100 Patented Products Awards (No. 1229)
2005 06 Supplied DRM solutions to UCOM Group (Thailand)
04 Certified and sales-approved as a computer system security product by the Public Security Department (China)
02 Won the Best Small and Medium Business in Information and Communications of the Year Award (Excellence Award)
01 Obtained World-Class Product Certification for DRM solution services from the Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Energy
2004 12 Selected to provide software services for the Ministry of Government Administration and Home Affairs
12 Passed the security follow-up certification tests by the National Intelligence Service
12 Won the Internet Company of the Year Award
10 Won the Outstanding Research Center Award from the Ministry of Science and Technology
01 Designated as a corporate panelist by the Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Energy
2003 07 Became a Certified Microsoft Partner in document and content security
07 Won the Grand Prize at the 2003 Top 100 Patented Products Awards
06 Sponsored an IT Peace volunteer group in Yanbian, China
05 Selected as the Assistant President at the Korea Digital Content Forum
04 Attended Comdex China
02 Designated as an Outstanding Venture by the Seoul Economic Daily
2002 10 Passed the security certification test by the National Intelligence Service
08 Selected as the Best of the Best by the Seoul Economic Daily
04 Received the KT (Excellent Korean Technology) mark for document forgery prevention solutionsc
02 Acquired GS certification from the Telecommunications Technology Association (TTA)
2001 11 Selected for the INNO-BIZ Award
10 Received STEP 2001 certification
09 Formed a partnership with LG EDS
07 Developed watermarking technology for Verimatrix Corp (USA)
07 Received Excellent Product certification for image watermarking services by the Product Procurement Services6/td>
06 Registered and established MarkAny Japan
06 Signed the sales agreement with Paninex (Germany)
04 Secured a local supply agreement with Fujitsu System Solutions
04 Raised funds from ITX Japan
01 Signed a sales agreement in the Japanese market with Shoeisha Co., Ltd
2000 10 Received STEP 2000 certification
09 Selected for the Outstanding Business Venture Award
07 Acquired the KT (Excellent Korean Technology) mark from the Ministry of Science and Technology
06 Founded the MarkTech subsidiary
05 Designated as the NRL (National Research Laboratory) by the Ministry of Science and Technology
04 Formed a strategic partnership with Samsung Electronics
04 Signed the sales agreement with Paninex (Germany)
04 Designated as a venture company by the Seoul Small and Medium Business Administration
03 Changed the company name from Trustech to MarkAny Inc.
1999 11 Founded the research center for Trustech
09 Selected for the Outstanding New Technology Award by the Ministry of Information and Communications (No. 99-1-6)
02 Founded under the name of Trustech

Corporate Value


Since our establishment in 1999, ‘Innovation in Technology’ has been at the heart of MarkAny’s corporate value. It drive ourselves continuously to make sustainable growth and stay ahead with outstanding performance even under arduous market situation and changes.
We take our mission seriously to nurture the corporate value and ensure each and every employee to understand and join our vision, ‘World’s Top10 Leader in Information Security’ by 2020.






We are on the mission to stay solid toward our vision in 2020. Our mission statement will propel ourselves and deliver great endeavor for ‘Innovation in Technology’.
Data Security – improves business competitiveness by protecting data and information,
Forgery Prevention – facilitates the advance of e-government by innovative technology to verify the authenticity of documents,
Content Security – guarantees the secure distribution of digital content with the industry-renowned copyright protection technology,
Multimedia Security – offers a wide variety of services enabling interactive communication between human and device by watermarking technology,
Mobile Device Security – lead the mobile to the future technology of MDM, MAM, MCM and ECM,
ODA (Official Development Assistance) – delivers international cooperation projects by Korea’s advanced information technologies to developing countries, and
Consulting & Integration – makes a difference by tailored solutions to customer’s needs.

Ensuring Value That Support Our Strategy

Execution of the seven mission is the expression of our strong will to ensure the corporate value – Innovation in Technology – that, in return, supports to fulfill our business objectives and keeps inspiring our employees to the new level of productivity and achievement of their professional goals. MarkAny will grow to be the world leader upon this vision and mission – to lead customer’s confidence in working with us as MarkAny’s valued partner.

Patents & Awards


We offer fast deployment of security solutions through highly responsive customer supports and award-winning technology. Our forward-thinking solutions boast multiple industry awards for innovation, deployment and flexibility in system integration.

MarkAny applies for more than 10 new patents every year, and records the highest number of patents in Korea. We also conduct our operations according to industry standards to ensure our solutions and services attain high levels of quality and security.

In return, we won three awards from the President of the Republic of Korea along with a number of awards and certificates for our significant contribution to the advancement of the Korean IT industry*.

MarkAny is the trusted specialist in security solutions that address the best way to protect data, digital contents and document in the most innovative and integrated way.

* Korea’s Globally-recognized Products, KOTRA Guaranteed Brand (2012), Excellent Technology Research Center under the Ministry of Knowledge and Economy, 1st Phase (2012), Excellent Technology Research Center under the Ministry of Industry and Energy, 2nd Phase(2014)