Hornetsecurity earns prestigious InfoSec “Cutting Edge Award” from Cyber Defense Magazine

Hornetsecurity earns prestigious InfoSec “Cutting Edge Award” from Cyber Defense Magazine

San Francisco, April 16, 2018 – Cyber Defense Magazine has awarded Hornetsecurity with a 2018 InfoSec “Cutting Edge” award in the category of Advanced Persistent Threat.

The award will be accepted by CEOs Oliver Dehning, Daniel Hofmann and Daniel Blank at the annual RSA Conference tonight in San Francisco.

“We’re honored and humbled to receive this recognition for the first time.” Dehning said. “With the constant and evolving cybersecurity threats to companies around the world, finding ‘cutting edge’ solutions is no longer a luxury. It’s a requirement for any company that aims to provide true value for its clients.”

The InfoSec Awards are the culmination of Cyber Defense Magazine’s annual review of the hottest, most innovative, best, market leading, next-generation and cutting-edge InfoSec (information security) companies. The winners were evaluated from nearly 3,000 companies worldwide.

“With Cybercrime continuing to gain momentum, surpassing global drug crimes last year and totaling more than $600 billion in theft and damages, we are proud to honor Hornetsecurity as an award-winning innovator offering a new approach to defeat these criminals,” said Pierlugi Paganini, Editor-in-Chief, Cyber Defense Magazine.

Hornetsecurity’s award coincides with a move into the United States, where it recently opened a base of operations in the rapidly growing tech community of Pittsburgh. Revenue has skyrocketed since the introduction of the company’s Advanced Threat Protection software in 2016. The expansion also aligns with the company’s continued focus on innovative solutions that are defined as much by customer service as they are by the software itself.

“At Hornetsecurity, we believe a paradigm shift is necessary in the IT community.” Dehning said. “We need more encryption instead of open data, we must assume overall responsibility for the security of the systems and solutions we offer and we must fight the imbalance between attackers and defenders by using more cloud-based security solutions.”

About Hornetsecurity

Hornetsecurity has been focused on cloud computing since 2007, when the company was founded by Oliver Dehning and Daniel Hofmann in Hannover, Germany, where it maintains its global headquarters. Today, Hornetsecurity has grown to more than 70 employees, offering comprehensive security solutions in the fields of email security, web security and data storage to more than 30,000 business customers around the world. In 2017, Hornetsecurity opened a United States base of operations in Pittsburgh.

About Cyber Defense Magazine

With more than 1.2 million annual readers and growing, Cyber Defense Magazine is the premier source of IT Security information. We are managed and published by and for ethical, honest, passionate information security professionals. Our mission is to share cutting-edge knowledge, real-world stories and awards on the best ideas, products and services in the information technology industry. We deliver electronic magazines every month online for free, and limited print editions exclusively for the RSA conferences and our paid subscribers. Learn more about us at http://www.cyberdefensemagazine.com. CDM is a proud member of the Cyber Defense Media Group.

Hornetsecurity signs first U.S. distributor deal

Hornetsecurity signs first U.S. distributor deal

Value-added distributor Contronex includes Hornetsecurity’s Cloud Security Services into its portfolio


Hornetsecurity has closed its first VAD contract in the U.S. with Naples, FL based distributor Contronex.  With this new partnership, Hornetsecurity will significantly expand its reach into the U.S. and Canada.


According to Oliver Dehning, CEO of Hornetsecurity. “With Contronex, we have found the perfect match. They are experienced in providing the best security solutions in the IT marketplace.  Also, they offer an extensive network of resellers that are trained in selling high-class security products. We’re very happy to have established a relationship with this experienced partner.”


“As a growing value-added distributor of IT security software solutions, we regularly add new vendors to expand our product portfolio. With Hornetsecurity, the onboarding process was accomplished quicker than ever”, adds Beat Kramer, CEO at Contronex.


Hornetsecurity, a leading European Cloud Security Service provider, offers a full suite of Email Security Solutions protecting companies of all sizes from malware or phishing attacks and unauthorized access and loss of data, all without the need for extra hardware, software or administrative effort.


Founded in 1990 in Naples, FL, Contronex specializes in the distribution of IT security solutions and commits to three simple concepts: integrity, reliability and commitment to service, which aligns perfectly with the Hornetsecurity approach. Contronex has developed a unique partner program for resellers and managed service providers that helps them to purchase the products their clients’ need.

More practical, more compatible. Hornetdrive 4.5 is available.

More practical, more compatible. Hornetdrive 4.5 is available.

Good news for Hornetdrive users: Hornetsecurity has treated its fully encrypted cloud storage with a new update. The latest version Hornetdrive 4.5 has many new features in store, especially when it comes to compatibility and user experience. Here are some of them in detail.


Users of Mac OS version 10.13 (High Sierra) will benefit from one of the new features in particular. With this update, Hornetdrive now supports Apple’s new file system APFS, which has replaced the outdated HFS+. So you can use Hornetdrive like before on your brand-new iMac od MacBook, too.


Export of log files facilitates data analysis


Another practical feature increases Hornetdrive’s user friendliness. Version 4.5 offers a new export and filter function. This facilitates users to keep an overview on all events taking place. Every activity is logged in a so-called “event log file”, which can contain a high number of data. With the new export and filter functionality, these data can be downloaded easily as a CSV file and thus filtered and analyzed outside of Hornetdrive.


Always stay up to date


Also, the new notification feature helps users react and adapt to recent activities within Hornetdrive. This functionality can be found under “Settings” and “Notifications”. There they can determine whether to receive pop-up or email notifications for certain events like file conflicts, new file versions, the renaming of folders or new drive members.


Turn on notifications in a flash

Turn on notifications in a flash


The new Hornetdrive version 4.5 can be downloaded cost-free from now on for all Windows, Mac OS X and Linux versions on our website. Android and iOS users can get their latest version in the play store or app store.



Hornetsecurity acquires Avira’s spam filter business

Hornetsecurity acquires Avira’s spam filter business

German customers of Avira Managed E-Mail Security and Cleanport customers located in the Belgium, Netherlands & Luxemburg (BeNeLux) regions are switching to the Hornetsecurity Managed Spamfilter Service


Hornetsecurity began the transition of Avira spam filter business customers today. Avira is a German vendor and highly respected industry player in the arena of anti-virus software solutions. Hornetsecurity is now further extending their leading European market position in the managed security services with this merger. Based on their company strategy moving forward, Avira has chosen to stop selling its cloud email security solution and focus on their core business of commercial antivirus products for business customers.


Avira and Clearport customers have started their changeover to Hornetsecurity’s Managed Spamfilter Service. This switch is a huge win for these customers as they now have access to Hornetsecurity’s market-leading spam detection rates and the ability to utilize the full-solution portfolio from the cloud security experts from Hannover, Germany.


To guarantee a smooth transition, Avira and Hornetsecurity have collaborated to work out the details of the technical and organizational preparations needed to move the process forward quickly and efficiently. All effected resellers were informed of the platform change before Christmas. These reseller partners were invited to participate in cost-free training webinars and then migrated automatically to Hornetsecurity’s services. A website containing information on the migration process and features of the Hornetsecurity spam filter service has been created for Avira and Cleanport partners and is available here:




This  will significantly ease the conversion process for all partners and customers and they will be able to immediately start benefiting from the Hornetsecurity services.


“By taking over Cleanport and Avira Managed E-Mail Security, we made a huge step towards our goal to become the leading European provider of cloud-based email security solutions”, said Daniel Blank, CEO of Hornetsecurity. “Especially in the BeNeLux countries we will become a leading provider with this deal. Together with all new resellers we will be able to continuously increase our market share.”


„With Hornetsecurity we found a company, where we can be sure that our existing Cleanport and Avira Managed E-Mail Security partners and customers will be in very good hands”, adds Christian Milde, Vice President Strategic Alliances at Avira.


The existing sales partners of Avira services will also benefit from this new collaboration by participating in Hornetsecurity’s multilevel partner program. The program features extensive support for all sales, marketing, and technical support activities as well as active partner management that provides a mutual benefit for both sides. The highly developed product portfolio of Hornetsecurity also offers many new sales opportunities for these newly acquired reseller partners.


Hornetsecurity’s Managed Spamfilter Service not only protects the email traffic but secures it at the same time by utilizing a guaranteed 99.9% spam recognition rate and 99.99% virus recognition rate. Hornetsecurity has a market-leading spam filter solution featuring an intuitive user interface which is carefully designed to be simple and easy for administrators. Furthermore, Hornetsecurity Advanced Threat Protection offers comprehensive protection from sophisticated attacks like ransomware, CEO fraud and spearphishing that cannot be detected by traditional prevention methods. The email archiving solution Aeternum and an encryption service complete the available service offerings.

Hornetsecurity strikes again – distribution contract with ADN in the bag

Hornetsecurity strikes again – distribution contract with ADN in the bag

Hornetsecurity has closed another strategic partnership with a value-added distributor.

ADN Advanced Digital Network Distribution GmbH from Bochum, Germany has been founded in 1994 and specializes in the distribution of cloud services, technologies and solutions that require intensive consulting. With this cooperation, Hornetsecurity dramatically increases its reach, as ADN contains a network of 6.000 partners and clients.


The Hornetsecurity services can be purchased through ADN as of now. The value-added distributor provides more than 30 employees that have been trained and certified on the vendor solutions to support resellers with their high competence.


“From the start ADN focused on our partnership with enthusiasm and engagement. Such a huge team of sales-related and technical specialists is a true added-value for ADN resellers”, says Daniel Blank, CEO of Hornetsecurity. “Our services reduce complexity and offer resellers the opportunity to differentiate from their competitors. I am convinced that ADN is the perfect partner to push exactly these topics and to explore the enormous growth potential in cloud security.”


“Our experience is that companies, when it comes to processing emails in the cloud and long-term storage of emails, lay a strong emphasis on data security and compliance. Organizations also have high expectations on spam filtering and protection from ransomware and deceiving emails like CEO fraud“, says Dirk Wolbeck, team leader networking & security at ADN.


Resellers and system houses should consider these requirements when selecting the suitable email cloud security solution. With its focus on email security ”made in Germany“, Hornetsecurity offers the necessary expertise and is thus the perfect partner for ADN.


„It is our goal to have the best and most innovative vendors on board. The Hornetsecurity surface provides a quick overview, is easy to manage and offers multitenancy. Attributes that are very important to our clients“, adds Dirk Wolbeck.

Bridging the gap with helpful friends

Bridging the gap with helpful friends

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania’s second-biggest city, has many different nicknames. One of them is „The City of Bridges“. Bridges are some of the most important buildings mankind has ever invented. They facilitate traveling, they help overcoming obstacles and differences, and they accelerate moving from A to B. For Hornetsecurity, Pennsylvania could be regarded as the other side of the bridge spanning from Germany to the U.S. Just a few weeks ago, we founded our new subsidiary, Hornetsecurity Inc., in the “City of Bridges”.


Being new in town on the other hand means that it is important to make acquaintances and establish a functioning network. Because of this, we have joined two principal local organizations, the “German Chamber of Commerce” (GACCPIT) and the “Pittsburgh Technology Council” (PTC). Both are vital in connecting to other companies, decision makers and thus building a strong network. Let’s have a look at the two organizations whose member Hornetsecurity now is.


German American Chamber of Commerce (GACC)


The GACC with its local chapter in Pittsburgh promotes and supports bilateral trade between Germany and the U.S.  The private, non-profit organization has founded its Pittsburgh branch in 2015 and connects its members with the regional business community. It represents German-speaking companies, offers a job initiative and organizes networking events.



Pittsburgh Technology Council (PTC)


With more than 1,300 members, the PTC is one of the key drivers of the tech sector in Pennsylvania, ranging from IT to life sciences and application developers. It provides its members with a platform of business development, talent retention, government relations and visibility services. In many events, members can exchange more than just business cards. They can share ideas, exchange opinions and forge a bright future for the Pittsburgh region.


As a newcomer to Western Pennsylvania, Hornetsecurity is not only eager to grow its business, we want to bring in our ideas to the region and to these two organizations to help the city and its economy to grow as quickly as possible. And hopefully, with Pittsburgh as our next base, we will be able to build many new bridges. To new customers, partners, organizations in the U.S.