Expansion continues: Hornetsecurity acquires long-standing British distribution partner EveryCloud

Expansion continues: Hornetsecurity acquires long-standing British distribution partner EveryCloud

Hannover (January 6, 2020)A successful start into the new year: Hornetsecurity completes the acquisition of the British distribution partner and email security provider EveryCloud. Since 2009, EveryCloud has sold the services of the German market leader for cloud security solutions exclusively under its own branding in the UK and later also in the USA.
After the acquisition of Avira’s spam filter division in 2018 and the takeover of the Spanish market leader Spamina in January 2019, the Hornetsecurity Group is thus expanding its European market leadership rapidly.

Since its launch in 2009, EveryCloud has served as Hornetsecurity’s local representative in the UK and the USA and gained significant market share in the email security segment. The distribution partner has earned a 1st class reputation for excellent cloud email security solutions and service with over 250 Five-Star Reviews on the tech platform Spiceworks.

From now on, with the business running jointly under the Hornetsecurity Group, EveryCloud’s 9,000 customers and over 400 resellers worldwide will continue to rely on the platform they know and trust but will also have access to Hornetsecurity’s many other services. These include the comprehensive Security and Compliance Suite for the Microsoft Office 365 Cloud, 365 Total Protection, as well as the 365 Total Encryption service for encrypting emails in Office 365 and the recently released SIEM Connector. Daniel Hofmann, CEO of Hornetsecurity, affirms, “Thanks to combined strengths, EveryCloud customers can expect even more comprehensive products, services and benefits. This deal has been designed so there is zero disruption for EveryCloud customers and partners who will simply continue using the same platform they’ve always used”.

The experienced team of Everycloud’s CEO, Graham O’Reilly, will remain. He takes over his new responsibilities for the US and UK markets within the Hornetsecurity group. “Joining forces means we can aim higher than ever in our markets by leveraging Hornetsecurity’s resources and scale, plus get even closer to the product offering,” Graham O’Reilly points out.  
Hornetsecurity übernimmt EveryCloud
The Merging will enable Hornetsecurity to compete even more effectively in the global marketplace and to protect businesses in the US and UK with its email security services. “EveryCloud has successfully competed against large competitors in the English-speaking markets and has become an established brand. Hornetsecurity will build on this success and the experience that the team has gained over the years and continue to significantly invest in these markets and thus further accelerate growth,” explains Daniel Blank, COO of Hornetsecurity. “We see the key to gaining and maintaining new customer relationships in country-based, local sales, technical and support teams to ensure the highest possible quality. The acquisition of EveryCloud is a significant step in our global strategy.

About the Hornetsecurity Group

Hornetsecurity is the leading German cloud email security provider in Europe, which protects the IT infrastructure, digital communication and data of companies and organizations of all sizes. The security specialist from Hannover provides its services worldwide via 9 redundant, secured data centers. The product portfolio covers all important areas of email security, including spam and virus filters, legally compliant archiving and encryption, as well as defense against CEO fraud and ransomware. With around 200 employees, Hornetsecurity is represented globally at 10 locations and operates in more than 30 countries through its international distribution network. The premium services are used by approximately 40,000 customers including Swisscom, Telefónica, KONICA MINOLTA, LVM Versicherung, DEKRA and Claas.

About EveryCloud

The british email security provider EveryCloud was founded in 2009 with the mission to secure corporate communications using state-of-the-art security technology and outstanding service. Over 9,000 customers – mainly from the UK, USA and Australia – rely on EveryCloud.

High five! Hornetsecurity receives “Technology Fast 50 Award” for the fifth time

High five! Hornetsecurity receives “Technology Fast 50 Award” for the fifth time

Hanover (12.11.2019) – According to the latest study by the consulting company, Deloitte, the technology sector is not only certified to have new growing potential but is also becoming more than ever the engine of innovation and “business enabler” of the German economy. The key to this success are the sector’s entrepreneurs, whose innovative products respond courageously to economic challenges and complex customer requirements. The 50 fastest growing German tech companies have now been honored by Deloitte with the Technology Fast 50 Award. Hornetsecurity was delighted to receive the award for the fifth time this year.

“Thanks to our expertise as consultants, we at Deloitte know that hardly any business today can do without technology,” explains Dr. Andreas Gentner, Partner and Head of Technology, Media & Telecommunications EMEA at Deloitte. “Innovative technology makes us fit for the future across all industries, provides attractive offers to customers and thus strengthens Germany as a economic location”.

Deloitte emphasizes that the great challenge for companies is to maintain the balance between growth and expansion, while adapting organizational structures. The award goes to companies that manage to overcome these challenges. The ranking is based on the percentage of sales growth over the last four financial years.

During this period, Hornetsecurity achieved an increase of 154.84% and therefore received the Technology Fast 50 Award 2019. Oliver Dehning, CFO of Hornetsecurity, is thrilled about the fifth award and proudly received it on November 7th at the Museum of Hamburg History in Hamburg:

“Being awarded with the Technology Fast 50 Award proves to us that we are still on the right track. I would like to express my sincere thanks to Deloitte and our employees, without whom this achievement would not have been possible. We will continue to do our best to guarantee the best IT security for our customers”.

As part of its expansion strategy, Hornetsecurity recently extended the benefits of it’s product 365 Total Protection with additional essential features in the form of its latest service: 365 Total Encryption. The new product is an easy-to-use and secure solution for protecting data stored in the Office 365 cloud from spying and theft without affecting usability.

High five! Hornetsecurity receives "Technology Fast 50 Award" for the fifth time
it-sa 2019: Hornetsecurity creates new perspectives for email security

it-sa 2019: Hornetsecurity creates new perspectives for email security

Hanover (15.10.2019) – You could certainly see, hear, feel and understand Hornetsecurity from the 8th through 10th of October at it-sa 2019: According to the slogan “Ich will Cloud” (eng. I want Cloud) the Email Cloud Security Provider presented an extraordinary program on its 200 m² booth, and showcased new ways of presenting its new Email Security Services.

Hornetsecurity and its eight partners welcomed the exhibition audience every hour with a spectacular stage show that included live music and acrobatic performances. The increasing cyber-crime on Microsoft Office 365 was the topic of discussion, with Hornetsecurity focusing on the risks of unencrypted data storage in the Office 365 cloud. The email security specialist also provided the solution to the existing problem – in form of its latest security service 365 Total Encryption. Directly after each show, Hornetsecurity presented the mechanisms and functions of the service during a live demonstration. 365 Total Encryption encrypts all content of all emails stored in the Microsoft Office 365 Cloud, providing the best possible protection against the growing threat of espionage, data theft and other hacker attack methods.

In addition to interesting and informative conversations about current topics and trends in the IT security industry at the Hornetsecurity booth, the interactive live quiz invited visitors to take part and challenge their IT know-how. On top of that, the winners received prizes such as Marshall headphones, keyfinders and original Hornetsecurity lap-top bags.

At Knowledge Forum 11 of it-sa, Hornetsecurity’s Partner Account Manager Tassilo Totzeck talked about why email in particular represents such a large attack vector in the area of cybercrime, how exactly a cyber-attack takes place and why Microsoft Office 365 is increasingly becoming the focus of hackers.

After the daily program, the email security expert hosted fair parties on two evenings: “Me and The Heat” and DJ Abuze cared for great beats and the Hornet crew tapped fresh free beer for the guests.

After the last live show on Thursday afternoon, Daniel Hofmann and Daniel Blank, CEOs of Hornetsecurity, once again thanked all partners, distributors, employees and artists for three sensational days at the fair in Nuremberg. The success of the fair for the Hornetsecurity partners has been confirmed already.  With more than 500 interesting conversations and new contacts, it is now time for the follow-up work.

it-sa once again fulfilled its title as Europe’s largest IT security trade fair: This year, around 15,600 visitors attended the four exhibition halls, where around 750 companies presented their latest IT security solutions. Hornetsecurity is proud to be part of the growing IT security industry and to make a major contribution of increasing security in email communications.

Impressions of the it-sa 2019:

Office 365 Email and Data Theft Protection – Hornetsecurity Releases 365 Total Encryption

Office 365 Email and Data Theft Protection – Hornetsecurity Releases 365 Total Encryption

Hanover (01.10.2019) – Users of Microsoft Office 365 are increasingly being targeted by cyber-criminals. Over the past year alone, the number of attacks on users’ email accounts has almost quadrupled. For protection against data theft, unauthorized access or spying, cloud security provider Hornetsecurity is ex-panding its extensive email Security & Compliance Suite, 365 Total Protection with the release of a new security service, 365 Total Encryption. This new level of security for Office 365 users will encrypt the content of all emails stored in the Microsoft Office 365 cloud.

Cyber-criminals target the Microsoft Cloud

According to Microsoft’s latest Security Intelligence Report the number of phishing attacks on Office 365 accounts have increased by 250% over the course of a year. 365 Total Encryption encrypts all incoming and stored emails while effectively protecting sensitive data from Cyber-attackers – even if they have taken over the account.

Decryption is only possible by the mailbox owner, who has a private key. Encryption with 365 Total Encryption protects corporate email communications from espionage, unauthorized mailbox access or theft of important corporate information. Even Microsoft doesn’t have access to the content of emails encrypted by 365 Total Encryption.

“It is unavoidable that companies move to the cloud in the short to medium term. If they don’t, they will be left behind in the future”, says Daniel Hofmann, CEO of Hornetsecurity. “Nevertheless, companies do not have to waive the protection of their data from unauthorized access. With 365 Total Encryption we offer just that, an easy-to-use and secure solution to protect data stored in Office 365 from spying and theft without limiting usability.”

365 Total Encryption adds essential features to the capabilities of 365 Total Protection while also offering the best possible market-wide protection against the growing threats of spying, data theft and business email compromises. The service works without the installation of software on all common email clients and end devices as well as on the native email clients of iOS and Android.

Hornetsecurity will be presenting the comprehensive mechanisms and functionalities of 365 Total Encryption for the first time at it-sa, Europe’s largest IT security trade fair in Nuremberg from October 8th through October 10th, 2019.

About Hornetsecurity

Hornetsecurity is the leading German cloud security provider for email in Europe, protecting the IT infrastructure, data and digital communications of companies/organizations of all sizes. The security specialist from Hanover provides its services worldwide via 9 redundant, secured data centers. The product portfolio covers all important areas of email security, including spam and virus filters, legally compliant archiving and encryption, as well as defense against CEO fraud and ransomware. Hornetsecurity is represented globally at 10 locations, 200 employees and operates in more than 30 countries through its international distribution network. The premium services are used by approximately 40,000+ customers including Swisscom, Telefónica, KONICA MINOLTA, LVM Versicherung, DEKRA, Claas, and the Otto Group.

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Hornetsecurity releases new feature for protection against encrypted malware attachments

Hornetsecurity releases new feature for protection against encrypted malware attachments

Hanover (01.07.2019) – With the help of encrypted email attachments, cyber criminals are currently trying to circumvent classic antivirus programs. Encryption prevents filter mechanisms from detecting the underlying malware. Since the beginning of the year, for example, the ransomware GandCrab has been spreading this way. In view of the increasing threat situation, the cloud security provider Hornetsecurity has developed a unique feature that recognizes this procedure and blocks the malicious email before it arrives in the email inbox.

“Nowadays, companies are investing much more in IT security than they did 5 years ago. Through AI and other intelligent defense mechanisms, attackers can no longer reach their target with simple methods. Therefore, cybercriminals are increasingly developing more detailed strategies to circumvent these mechanisms. Hornetsecurity technology enables us to react to targeted attacks at any time”, says Daniel Hofmann, CEO of Hornetsecurity. “With the new function Malicious Document Decryption we react quickly to the systematic approach of cybercriminals. The capabilities of Malicious Document Decryption are unique to the market.”

So that the encrypted document can be opened by the selected recipients in order to install the underlying malware unnoticed in the system, the fraud email contains the corresponding password in plain text.
Malicious Document Decryption analyzes the content of incoming emails with encrypted attachments for the appropriate password to remove the encryption. Using static and dynamic analysis techniques, the behavior of the decrypted file is examined. This ensures that the underlying malware is detected immediately and does not reach the recipient’s email inbox.

The new feature is part of the Advanced Threat Protection service and complements the protection for secure email communication against particularly intelligent and systematic cyber attacks. Hornetsecurity customers who already use the ATP service can rest assured: The feature was already integrated and activated in the service for all ATP users since the beginning of June.

About Hornetsecurity:

Hornetsecurity is the leading German cloud security provider in Europe, which protects the IT infrastructure, digital communication and data of companies and organizations of all sizes. The security specialist from Hanover provides its services worldwide via 9 redundantly secured data centers. The product portfolio covers all important areas of email security, including spam and virus filters, legally compliant archiving and encryption, as well as defense against CEO fraud and ransomware. With around 200 employees, Hornetsecurity is represented globally at 10 locations and operates in more than 30 countries through its international distribution network. The premium services are used by approximately 40,000 customers including Swisscom, Telefónica, KONICA MINOLTA, LVM Versicherung, DEKRA, Claas, and the Otto Group.
Spanish market leader Spamina is now part of Hornetsecurity Group

Spanish market leader Spamina is now part of Hornetsecurity Group

Hannover (07.02.2019) – Hornetsecurity completed the acquisition of the Spanish email security company Spamina successfully. This makes the Hanover-based company the leading German email cloud security provider in Europe and expands its locations with offices in Madrid and Barcelona as well as in Central and South America. Spamina’s activities will continue as part of the Hornetsecurity Group, to provide customers of both companies with even more efficient technology and worldwide competent support.
The investors High-Tech Gründerfonds (HTGF), Verdane Capital and HCS Beteiligungsgesellschaft mbH are extremely satisfied with the successful development of Hornetsecurity. According to Ansgar Kirchheim from High-Tech Gründerfonds: “We have been accompanying Hornetsecurity since its foundation in 2007. With the acquisition of Spamina, Hornetsecurity will not only continue its outstanding expansion, but also be able to accelerate it.” Emanuel Johnsson of Verdane Capital agrees: “We are delighted with the great progress of Hornetsecurity. Especially the past two years and the dynamic growth of the company have shown that the management and its team are doing an excellent job. The acquisition of Spamina strengthens Hornetsecurity Group’s strategic position in the global IT security market”.
Acuity Advisors, a technology focused M&A advisory headquartered in the UK, initiated the successful acquisition. During the process, Oliver Markl advised and supported Hornetsecurity: “Hornetsecurity and Spamina complement each other perfectly, making them the leading operators in the European email cloud security market.”
Harbert European Growth Capital financed the deal and is also impressed by Hornetsecurity’s organic growth over the past few years: “With the acquisition of AVIRA’s spam filter division, the very professionally organized company has already shown how quickly the takeover and integration of a company can be implemented. We are very pleased to have been able to support Hornetsecurity in the successful accomplishment of its expansion plans”, says Johan Kampe, Senior Managing Director and co-Head of Harbert European Growth Capital.
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Hornetsecurity remains on its dynamic growth course and is consistently continuing its international expansion. The team of Hornetsecurity expands to around 200 IT specialists, who from now on will provide bundled know-how for the qualitative and innovative cloud security solutions which existing business customers already know.

About Hornetsecurity Group:

Hornetsecurity is the leading German email cloud security provider in Europe, which protects the IT infrastructure, digital communication and data of companies and organizations of all sizes. The security specialist from Hanover provides its services worldwide via 9 redundantly secured data centers. The product portfolio covers all important areas of email security, including spam and virus filters, legally compliant archiving and encryption as well as defense against CEO fraud and ransomware. With around 200 employees, Hornetsecurity is represented globally at 11 locations and operates in more than 30 countries through its international distribution network. The premium services are used by approximately 40,000 customers including Swisscom, Telefónica, KONICA MINOLTA, LVM Versicherung, DEKRA, Claas, and the Otto Group.

About Spamina:

Spamina is a European-based IT security company which secures corporate digital communications. The Simile Fingerprint Filter® technology protects corporate networks from sophisticated attacks such as zero-day attacks. Spamina provides a secure communications environment that ensures business continuity, service scalability and cost efficiency. Cloud services range from enterprise-wide secure email platform, enterprise mobile management, email and IM gateway protection, to archiving, encryption and DLP solutions for legal compliances.

About High-Tech Gründerfonds:

The seed investor High-Tech Gründerfonds (HTGF) finances technology start-ups with growth potential. With a total volume of EUR 892.5 million distributed among three funds and an international partner network, the HTGF has supported more than 500 start-ups since 2005. Its team of experienced investment managers and start-up experts supports the young companies with know-how, entrepreneurial spirit and passion. The focus is on high-tech start-ups in the software, media and Internet industries as well as hardware, automation, healthcare, chemistry and life sciences. To date, external investors have invested more than 2 billion euros in the HTGF portfolio in around 1,400 subsequent financing rounds. In addition, the fund has successfully sold shares in more than 100 companies.
Investors in the public-private partnership include the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology, KfW, the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft and the commercial enterprises ALTANA, BASF, Bayer, Boehringer Ingelheim, B.Braun, Robert Bosch, BÜFA, CEWE, Deutsche Post DHL, Dräger, Drillisch AG, EVONIK, EWE AG, Haniel, Hettich, Knauf, Körber, LANXESS, media + more venture Beteiligungs GmbH & Co. KG, PHOENIX CONTACT, Postbank, QIAGEN, RWE Generation SE, SAP, Schufa, Schwarz Group, STIHL, Thüga, Vector Informatik, WACKER and Wilh. Werhahn KG.

About Verdane:

Verdane seeks to be the preferred investor and active owner of technology-enabled growth companies in Northern Europe. Verdane’s core investment strategy is to realize the potential of unlisted assets by being a knowledgeable and active owner. Verdane funds are distinctive in that they can invest in a single company, or in portfolios of companies. In each case, Verdane builds on its expertise and experience to unlock the underlying potential of small- and medium-sized growth companies.

About Harbert European Growth Capital:

The Harbert European Growth Captial Funds (HEGC) seek to generate superior returns for their investors by identifying and investing in promising emerging growth stage technology and healthcare companies. The HEGC Funds’ Investment Team combines substantial investment, advisory, and operating experience with capital and networking contacts to support great entrepreneurial teams in successfully executing their growth plans.

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