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One week with Scale Global in San Francisco

Last week brought Per Stenman and Anders Berggren of Halon to San Francisco and Palo Alto,
as a part of the Scale Global program.
Sunny California offered meetings with VC’s, entrepreneurs, coaches, and even a celebrity that we can not disclose.

Tech art and Andreesen HorowitzEntering AndreesenHorowitz

start-with-the-customerSharon Chang, Partner at AndreesenHorowitz

California eatingFood is necessary, so is instagramming.

Professor Huggy RaoHuggy Rao, Atholl McBean Professor of Organizational Behavior at Stanford Graduate School of Business.

SC MoattiSC Moatti, Managing Partner at Mighty Capital.

Tristan KromerTristan Kromer, Lean Startup Coach.

Cindy Alvarez and Anders BerggrenCindy Alvarez, Principal design researcher at Microsoft. Halon co-founder Anders Berggren visiting 500 Startups.

MeatNo trip to the US without getting a decent steak.

Maxime Prades and Gustaf AlströmerMaxime Prades, VP of Product Management at Algolia and Gustaf Alströmer, Partner at Y Combinator.

Rohit SharmaRohit Sharma, Partner at True Ventures.

Welcome to TES in Mexico City

We are glad to welcome Mexico into the circle of countries that have been visited by TES, and if you work in the email industry/cloud/telco in Mexico, please join us on September 28th.

Trusted Email Services, TES, was launched as an industry effort to raise awareness around email security threats and promote the deployment of innovative technologies to address them, including encryption and DNS-based mechanisms such as DNSSEC, DANE and DNS filtering.

The discussion will deliver an insight into how internet service providers and software companies adopting TES guidelines and best practices can secure and qualify their services, comply with recent legal requirements (GDPR) and establish enduring customer relationships.

Thanks to the sponsorship of Open-Xchange and to the efforts of the local partner CITI, this will be the first TES event ever in Central America, trying to build awareness among Mexican telcos and ISPs on email transport issues, current attacks and possible solutions based on open standards.

International speakers will address the audience, prompting the usual discussion and exchange of experiences, which will be followed by a friendly networking event with drinks and food. To allow for a meaningful and useful discussion, seating for this event will be limited to 20 participants. Want to join? Please contact us as soon as possible.

Halon chosen for growth acceleration program Scale Global

Halon has been chosen to participate in the growth acceleration program Scale Global. During the period of September 2017 to January 2018, Halon and seven other companies will get help with the transition from nailing the product to scaling their business. The program rests on three pillars; workshops, coaches and Silicon Valley.

Each company is paired with a coach, and Halon will be working together with Stefan Lindeberg, CEO of ZeroPoint Technologies and former CEO of Netnod. Other coaches include Mengmeng Du (Spotify, Acast), Alfred Ruth (Vidoplaza, Angel investor), Alexander Hars (Let’s Deal), Louise Grandinson (MAG Interactive, Disney) and Johan Sköld (Qamcom, Chalmers Ventures).

The program is organized by Chalmers University of Technology, with support from Vinnova. The companies have been chosen according to several criteria, such as having global potential, having annual sales of at least 10 MSEK and/or manage at least 10 employees. Out of 70 nominees, Halon was chosen along with Adfenix, Parakey, Wint, Greenbyte, Minatjänster.se, Senion and Kitab Sawti.

The companies will be working together on a number of workshops, one of them being a one-week stay in Silicon Valley, having meetings with partners at AndreessenHorowitz and True Ventures, Gustaf Alströmer (partner at Y Combinator), Cindy Alvarez from Microsoft and Maxime Prades of Algolia, to mention a few.

Time-of-click protection against ransomware, malware and phishing

Time-of-click protection adds an extra layer of security to protect email users from accessing malicious content. Attacks including malware, ransomware and phishing are becoming more common and more sophisticated with every day, along with users keeping more sensitive information.

With an additional time-of-click protection, Halon will classify links in email every time it’s clicked, before allowing or denying the user to visit it. This means that if the scammer waits two minutes or two months with infecting the site, the user will still be protected when he or she chooses to click the link. It’s the extra layer of security that won’t allow you to visit infected websites by way of a link in an email protected by Halon.

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Dude, where’s my email?

Ensuring high deliverability in email is no walk in the park. As a high-volume sender of email, there are many things to take in consideration, especially with cybercriminals keeping a fast pace in innovation.

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KPN chooses Halon for email infrastructure and security

Telecommunications company KPN, the largest provider of internet access services in the Netherlands, has agreed on implementing Halons email infrastructure and security software.

As the largest ISP in the Netherlands, we believe in connecting people and enabling them to communicate with the world around. Because of that we provide full functional, secure email as a part of our portfolio. But a constantly changing internet environment and attacks becoming more and more sophisticated, managing such an email platform can become quite a hassle. We are always looking for improvements in functionality, flexibility and performance 

says Martijn Thie, architect at KPN.

In Halon we have found a great partner for that. They are not just delivering their software, but they’re really keen on working together and learning from our situation. Even before we could enable Halon for our email products, additional functionality was added to make it an even better fit with our environment. Halon is the most flexible, sophisticated and easy-to-manage SMTP server out there.

he adds.

We are proud and glad to welcome KPN as a Halon customer. Our priority is to help them improve their email service.

says Peter Falck, CEO and co-founder of Halon.

Email Security Roundtable in Zürich, Switzerland

To email hosting and service providers in or around Switzerland, we kindly invite you to join an intimate group of Cloud and Telco VIPs for an exclusive Email Security Roundtable to introduce you to the Trusted Email Services (TES) initiative on Thursday, September 21, 2017, hosted by Open-Xchange.

TES was launched as an industry e ort to raise awareness around email security threats and promote the deployment of innovative technologies to address them, including encryption and DNS-based mechanisms such as DNSSEC, DANE and DNS filtering. The discussion will deliver an insight into how internet service providers and software companies adopting TES guidelines and best practices can secure and qualify their services, comply with recent legal requirements (GDPR) and establish enduring customer relationships.

Halon at WHD.usa in Las Vegas

The countdown has begun and it’s time for WHD USA and Vegas, baby, Vegas! Booth 26 will be your hotspot for all things email security and infrastructure, painted in characteristic Halon blue. Peter, Karim, Nina and Anders will be there to make sure no questions are left unanswered. And don’t miss the speed session “I can haz secure email?” by CTO Anders Berggren.

Make sure to contact us if you want to book a meeting!

Upcoming events: WHD USA, cPanel Conference and more

The summer is here and business go into a slower mode. But that also meads plenty of time to prepare for what we have planned for this fall. As always, there are a ton of events, and we have picked some favourites where you’ll definitely meet us. If you want to schedule a meeting, just let us know and we’ll get back to you!

WHD USA – September 11-12, Las Vegas, USA

We are still on a high from all the fun at WHD Global, but let’s look ahead. You will find Halon in booth 26, with Karim, Peter and Nina ready to give you any information you need.

cPanel Conference – September 26-27, Fort Lauderdale, USA

Many of halons customers also use cPanel, so it’s a no-brainer that we need to attend this event, celebrating 20 years of the cPanel software! Peter and Karim will walk the floor and take meetings.

OX Summit, October 12-13, Bruxelles, Belgium

We return again as a sponsor to this ever-so-rewarding event with Open-Xchange. Join the OX ecosystem in Europe’s capital for a ‘Summit like No Other’. Peter, Ohannes and Myria will wear their Halon shirts!

Nordic Domain Days, 20-21 November, Stockholm, Sweden

This new event is a part of Internet Days, and Halon will be a sponsor. Be sure to check out this domain industry event for the nordic countries as it carries a strong focus on networking between parties with interest in the region.

TES roundtable discussions

There have been several successful meeting arranged by the Trusted Email Services initiative, where Halon take part, and there is more in store! This event calendar will be updated soon, and if you are a hosting or service provider looking to attend, let us know and we will find your nearest

Halon and Spamhaus in email security partnership

We are excited to announce that Halon now provides official integration with Spamhaus Technology anti-spam & threat data feeds (IP & domain blocklists). Both companies worked together to ensure that this new functionality would be simple to deploy while also scaling all the way from smaller systems to large ISP’s with millions of users and complex email flows.

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