Hornetsecurity acquires IT-Seal to add security training services to its portfolio

Hornetsecurity announced the acquisition of IT-Seal, a security awareness training company.

This is the latest in a series of growth-boosting acquisitions by Hornetsecurity since 2019, where the company bought Spamina, the Spanish provider of cloud email security solutions; followed by its UK market partner EveryCloud in 2020; Altaro, a global provider of backup solutions and Zerospam, a Canadian leader in email security, both in 2021. Backed by Verdane, the Northern European growth equity investor, and PSG Equity, a leading growth capital firm, the business has grown to 400 employees and a strong international network of over 5,000 distribution partners over the past few years.

Helping companies establish a sustainable safety culture

Based in Darmstadt, Germany, IT-Seal specializes in establishing a sustainable security culture. It uses innovative technologies to train employees of companies and organizations around the world. The company uses a scientific and patented security awareness indicator (Employee Security Index – ESI) to make security awareness measurable and comparable.

IT-Seal’s activities stem from the fact that each person makes an important contribution to everyone’s IT security. Accordingly, the company focuses on the human factor, with the vision to help secure both the digital society and the economy.

The three co-founders, David Kelm, Alex Wyllie and Yannic Ambach, will remain on board and continue to develop the product and its range of services.

Boosting the cybersecurity awareness-prevention-detection cycle

According to Daniel Hofmann, CEO of Hornetsecurity, each of Hornetsecurity’s strategic acquisitions serves to enhance and expand the company’s position as a leading provider of security, data loss prevention and compliance solutions, with particular emphasis on the Microsoft 365 environment.

“We think IT-Seal is a perfect addition to our portfolio. We always emphasize the importance of cybersecurity awareness to our partners and customers, and we provide this through informative and educational blog posts, ebooks, webinars and reports. With IT-Seal on board, we will now offer IT security training as part of our offering. This allows us to cover all aspects of the awareness-prevention-detection cycle alongside our established email security and backup and recovery solutions,” Hofmann said.

Patented methodology to measure and compare security levels

The choice of IT-Seal is the result of a thorough exploration of the field.

“We searched long and hard for the right addition to our team, and with IT-Seal, we found a second-generation approach to security awareness. Other solutions in this space are too complex and require too much maintenance for customers. With its automated approach, IT-Seal can measure and benchmark the level of human security across industries with its patented technology,” Hofmann said.

Easy to use IT training workflow

“We are proud to be considered one of Germany’s most successful cybersecurity start-ups. This acquisition is the perfect next step in our journey. Being part of the Hornetsecurity Group will extend the reach of our services in the global B2B community, introducing our security training services to businesses and organizations of all sizes and across all industries. This aligns with our mission to empower IT security managers to reliably and individually train their employees through our award-winning automation engine and easy-to-use workflow so they can protect their business,” said David Kelm, idea generator and co-founder at IT-Seal.