Swedish email security and infrastructure company Halon Security has received $ 1.8 million in venture capital. The main investors are K-Svets Venture and the existing owners, and the money will be put towards a heavy expansion in the coming years. In connection to this, the company also appoints Martin Fabiansson as new CEO.
Halon, that is based in Gothenburg, Sweden, has grown steadily since the first investment from Chalmers Innovation Seed Fund and Almi Invest in 2013. The company has twelve employees, but are planning to hire plenty of more people in the next three years.
In connection to the investment, co-founder Peter Falck steps down as CEO. New CEO is Martin Fabiansson, who has a solid management background from both security and software development in companies such as AT&T, Oracle and THALES in both Sweden and USA.
Halon customers are mainly email service providers. The software Halon Platform is used to build the infrastructure that is needed to handle large amounts of in-transit email, including both security and operational features. Dutch telco KPN and Danish web hosting company One.com are examples of Halon customers.
2017 was a very good year for Halon, as we landed several important new customers. Based on this we could secure the financing round and scale up on both tech and sales, says Håkan Krook, Fund Manager at Chalmers Ventures.
Halon is an exciting company with a product that is highly appreciated in the industry, and I look forward to the challenge of taking Halon to the next level, says CEO Martin Fabiansson.
Halon has elected former Tele2 executive Anders Långsved and American IT entrepreneur David Chartier for the company board of directors. Halon is facing growth plan for the coming year, and thereby sees the need to strengthen the board with experiences from international sales.
Anders Långsved has 20 years experience from various commercial roles in the ICT industries, always with focus on building high performance teams to achieve rapid growth. He has held various executive positions within Tele2 in Sweden and Austria.
I discovered Halon and saw a fast and competent company on a growing market, with a lot of potential. Now I want to contribute with my experiences around growing from a small to a large company, as well as my international point of view
says Anders Långsved.
American serial entrepreneur David Chartier became an advisor for Halon during the spring of 2017 but will now proceed to the board. He has been in the cyber security industry for 20 years, made several successful exits, and been the CEO of technology based companies. David Chartier resides in San Francisco but a frequent visitor to the Nordics.
Anders and David will help us to elevate Halon, since they both have made this journey many times before
says Per Stenman, COO at Halon.
With their entrance, Halons CEO and co-founder Peter Falck and Björn Westman of Almi Invest, will be leaving the board as members, to become substitutes.
The other members of the board are; chairman Ulf Börjel, Halon co-founder Jonas Falck and Håkan Krook of Chalmers Ventures.
Halon has during 2017 acquired many new customers from both the web hosting and telecom industry, for example Dutch operator KPN. The aim for 2018 is heavy growth, and there are several open positions for technical pre-sales and technical support to apply for at the Gothenburg office in Sweden.
American serial entrepreneur David Chartier has agreed to become an advisor for Halon. David has been working in the cyber security space since 1996 and started his first company Infostream in Oslo, Norway. It was then listed on the Oslo stock exchange and later sold to French company Integra. After that, he ran and built up a number of successful companies that were sold. Most recently he was the CEO of Codenomicon, a Finnish cyber security company which was sold to Synopsys.
So why has he taken an interest in Halon?
“Email is critical aspect of all most all businesses and everybody’s daily life. Secure email is going to be needed by all business and individuals and Halon’s secure mail platform offers a new way for business to improve the security and privacy of their their email system.”
David has plenty of experience ramping up sales, adoption of new technologies and products, and have worked extensively in Europe and USA. This is where he expects to be of help to Halon. He is also actively working to help promote secure software development practices to both small and large companies and spend a lot of time improving the security of medical devices with an organization called MDISS.
“I think there is a great opportunity for an secure email platform that is modular and can be used to easily add best of breed point solutions into an already robust platform.”
Halon COO Per Stenman is happy about the addition to the team:
“David Chartier is a great person and asset to Halon and the international growth, especially the US market entry in the next level. Also adding to the corporate strategy and insights from driving a number of businesses to serious value growth, David will bring to the Halon team strict and real insights.”
Mark Weiler, former designer of Microsoft Exchange Server and currently SVP of Engineering at Rubicon Project, has joined the advisory board of the Swedish early-stage growth company Halon.io. Halon’s scriptable SMTP software provides scalable email infrastructure and security for hosting providers, Telcos, Email Service Providers and Enterprises.
Mark brings 25+ years of technology leadership to Halon, including developing Email SMTP and X.400 transports Microsoft, and a highly scalable personalized email marketing solution at the multi-channel marketing company MyBuys.
“Email has always been a passion of mine since my time at Microsoft working on messaging transports and protocols. Email in particular has numerous application tier use cases for B2C, B2B and continues to be one of the most used and effective means of communicating between people”, commented Mark.
“Halon has a strong technology team who developed a superior email and security solution that has huge potential to reshape how Hosting Providers, Telcos, Email Service Providers and Enterprises utilize email. Halon’s email and security solution was designed from the beginning to be highly scalable and support even the highest volume provider’s needs. It runs on widely available commodity hardware, unlike the competition which requires expensive specialized hardware. In addition, Halon’s product is highly customizable to tailor to the unique needs of each customer with a powerful scripting language. This combination of adaptability and scale is unique in the marketplace and clearly sets Halon apart from the competition.”, said Mark Weiler.
As one of the founding members of the Halon Advisory board, Mark is helping develop Halon’s strategy, positioning, and technology architecture. Halon is increasing it’s presence on the international market, especially in the US, and has therefore looked closer at what people could have supporting roles around the company. Advisors within product development, sales strategy and venture capital is highly valuable.
“Mark has a great background in and experience from Silicon Valley, with a distinct focus on the holistic view of early growth companies. Halon is meant to be a clear and global player in the industry of email infrastructure in the near future. Adding a strong industry profile like Mark to our team gives us great support on our journey”, says Halon COO Per Stenman.
Gothenburg, Sweden, April 26th 2016. Halon Security, the provider of Halon™ the SMTP software for hosting providers, are accepted as a member of one Europe’s leading startup hubs – Swedish Startup People – SUP46.
SUP46 gathers startup people and companies in a Stockholm-based meeting and co-working space. The community is made up of Sweden’s hottest digital startups, angel investors, venture capital firms, large corporations and innovation actors. The emphasis is in community learning, and together startups may contribute to each other’s global success. The SUP46 members are cherry-picked scalable startups with global ambitions, mainly in the areas of Internet, mobile, media and gaming. The competition for a membership is fierce and only the most innovating companies are accepted as members.
”This is terrific news for Halon Security and we are so pleased to be accepted as members of SUP46”, says Per Stenman, Corporate Development/Co-founder at Halon Security. ”Halon is a very unique solution that our team members breaths, sleeps and eats. Like this we gather great experience from the hosting and service provider industry – globally. We are very much looking forward to hopefully share our knowledge – as much as we will definitely gather from the SUP46 community”, he continues.
The membership further strengthens Halons position towards attracting international venture capitalists, who understand an online business and revenue model. Being part of a community with other startup companies striving for globalisation, that have amazing products and services with founders/teams driving the business development for rapid growth, will fuel Halon’s team members even further than before.
To find out more about SUP46, please visit their website.
San Francisco, Jan. 14, 2016 — Halon Security, the provider of HalonTM, the SMTP software platform for service providers, today announced its participation in the CenturyLink Cloud Marketplace Provider Program. Inclusion in the program allows Halon Security to offer its SMTP software to businesses looking to improve their email infrastructure, reduce operational costs and secure their services for end-users.
CenturyLink Cloud customers now have the opportunity to download and deploy Halon. The software platform provides a scriptable approach to email transfer functions such as anti-spam, task automation, encryption, signing, routing and API integration. Once implemented, businesses will be able to update, run and manage the entire email transport and filtering infrastructure through one cloud-based and consolidated SMTP platform.
“We are happy to be able to offer our software to CenturyLink Marketplace customers. Our experience has shown us that all environments and demands on functionality are different, which is why we’ve built an SMTP software platform focused on flexibility and efficiency to allow seamless integration with any surrounding environment. Thanks to our unique SMTP scripting engine, the result is unparalleled and enables scalability, enterprise security and minimized administration,” said Jonas Falck, founder and CEO, Halon Security. “For one hosting provider customer, Halon’s SMTP solution reduced operational spending by nearly 70 percent.* For other customers we’ve helped cut administration time by 90 percent* and reduce customer response time from hours to minutes.”
The CenturyLink Cloud Marketplace Provider Program allows participating technology companies, like Halon Security, to integrate their solutions with the CenturyLink Cloud platform. These additional business-ready solutions are available to CenturyLink’s cloud, hosting and network customers.
“Defense-in-depth, a strategy to implement multiple layers of controls, is a tried and true approach to cloud security,” said David Shacochis, vice president of cloud platform at CenturyLink. “We’re excited to have Halon’s email security platform available to our customers as a tool they can deploy to reduce risk and protect messaging workloads. Service providers that use CenturyLink Cloud now have Halon as an option to improve their email efficiency.”
San Francisco, Calif., July 28th, 2015. DuoCircle, a global email service provider and Halon Security, a leading provider of a highly secure email delivery platform, announce the successful migration of Dyn legacy email receiving products to the Halon email platform.
DuoCircle was challenged with migrating Dyn’s legacy email infrastructure within 30 days to reduce hardware hosting costs and provide better customer satisfaction.
“We researched many spam protection platforms including Cyren software and over 20 of their partners. After conducting a proof of concept with Halon Security email platform, we selected it based on the attractive licensing model, excellent support, easy upgrade path and key features such as quarantine, end user logging for customers, message replay and for enabling DuoCircle to continue as a service provider.” Brad Slavin, CEO of DuoCircle stated.
Halon’s email-centric scripting language enabled DuoCircle to rapidly and seamlessly integrate with their existing Linux and FreeBSD based environment cost effectively.
“Halon’s highly differentiated platform enables demanding organizations such as DuoCircle to stay competitive.” Jonas Flack, CEO of Halon Security emphasized.
A case study has been released along with this announcement.
“Using Halon email platform DuoCircle reduced hosting costs and saved 30% on operating costs, reduced time of managing networks by 90% and improved customer response time to minutes from hours.” Slavin concluded.
DuoCircle LLC (http://www.duocircle.com) is an entity that was established for the migration of Dyn.com’s legacy email receiving products. The goal was to migrate these loyal customers to a more powerful and feature rich email handling platform. Headquartered in San Diego, California, DuoCircle provides over 20, 000 businesses located globally with high touch customer care, reliable message filtering and archive with a scalable architecture designed for high volume messaging and reliable spam filtering.
San Francisco, Calif., July 27th, 2015. One.com, a global hosting provider and Halon Security, a leading provider of a highly secure email delivery platform, announces the successful integration of Halon Email platform at One.com, which enabled in significantly reducing One.com’s capital and operating expenses.
Recently, One.com experienced rapid customer growth and therefore needed to upgrade their existing home grown email delivery and security infrastructure to a more scalable platform. In selecting the new platform; security, high performance and seamless integration with their existing infrastructure, were critical requirements for One.com.
“One.com researched and evaluated many email security and delivery platforms against our requirements. We finally settled on Halon email platform based on price performance, ease of use, flexibility, multitenancy support with security and its ability to scale on demand,” Anders Saaby, CTO at One.com states.
Halon’s platform now includes One.com’s entire email delivery infrastructure; except for email storage and web mail. A case study has been released along with this announcement.
“Using Halon email platform we were able to consolidate and upgrade several disparate email solutions into one cost effective, feature rich and easy to manage solution. This enabled us to reduce initial capital cost, ongoing support and maintenance costs, rack space, and ongoing power and cooling requirements by up to 70%,” Saaby emphasizes.
One.com is one of Europe’s leading and innovative web hosting providers with over one million customers in 149 countries. Founded in 2002 in Denmark, One.com provides award winning web hosting to both individuals and business users. One.com has more than 250 employees, a strong financial position and is prepared to meet the challenges of the future. From multiple datacenters located in Europe and North America, One.com hosts web servers and applications and provides services to customers worldwide. In a comparison of web hosts, One.com has received many industry accolades for product coverage, performance, security, and handling help and support.
Host1Plus and Halon Security have announced the implementation of Halon Email Gateway software, increasing email security at Host1Plus
San Francisco, Calif., March 24th, 2015. The international hosting provider Host1Plus and Halon Security, a leading provider of an email delivery and security platform, have announced their collaboration for the implementation of Halon Email Gateway, preventing the spread of email borne threats and extending the protection of Host1Plus users.
“At Host1Plus user safety is handled with great concern. Due to growing amount of threats, our main focus is to maintain and preserve the security of our users. As Halon Security has shown great results in their work with other companies, the decision to embrace their email security solutions for our security needs came naturally” – claims Andrius Kazlauskas, the co-founder and CEO of Host1Plus.
Halon Email Gateway enables Host1Plus to implement new technical functionalities, which will have a positive effect on the Host1Plus environment and therefore increase email security for overall operations.
“Halon Security’s main concern is to make sure we deliver what we promise – flawless technology for complex environments. We are honored to support Host1Plus and to help them secure their users”, says Jonas Falck CEO at Halon Security Inc. As recent reports have shown there is a significant yearly growth in email borne malware with comprised hyperlinks that reference malicious code. This is a clear indication that cyber-criminals are not planning to stop using emails as one of the biggest vector of attacks. What we can do in return, is to enforce our own security policies with correct tools to make sure we can act quickly and without compromise, when these attacks occur”, he continues.
Currently Halon Email Gateway software is being implemented in all Host1Plus locations. The implementation is supposed to finish by the end of the month.
Host1Plus is an international Cloud computing technologies empowered hosting company which provides shared hosting, Linux and Windows Cloud hosting, VPS hosting, reseller hosting, dedicated servers, domain name registration services and SSL certificates. Host1Plus is based in London, United Kingdom; some operations are directed from Kaunas, Lithuania and Frankfurt, Germany.
About Halon Security
Halon Security is a leading provider of in- and outbound email routing, filtering and anti-spam technology for Hosting and Service Providers. The Halon platform consolidates business critical functionalities for complex environments with its flexibility, through advanced scripting capabilities and powerful open API’s.
San Francisco, Calif., February 4th, 2015 – Halon Security, a technology leader in email security, today announced the deployment and support of AsiaDC. AsiaDC is one of the leading Data Centers in Hong Kong that provides cloud computing and web hosting services in the Asia Pacific region. Actel Consulting; Halon Security’s consulting partner in the region has played a very significant roll in the process.
The deployment took place in the end of Q4, 2014 and Herry Yip, Director at AsiaDC is very pleased with the whole process:
– “Since we deployed Halon Email Platform we have seen significant reduction in spam, even Chinese spam, which is a big problem in this part of the world. This in turn reduced the workload of our support team, and even reduced the loading on our e-mail servers. Overall, security is also improved, since we are no longer seeing e-mail attached viruses and phishing attacks”, Herry Yip states.
With Halon Platform it is possible to lower costs and email server utilization, normally caused by dealing with spam, malware and viruses that enter the network via email. Halon Security’s solution is unique in the aspect of being able to perfectly fit into complex environments and infrastructures improving not only security, but over all running.
“Halon Email Platform is the only email platform for Hosting providers and datacenters as such. We often meet clients whom are concerned about the future and question how they can find a solution to perfectly fit their unique infrastructure –that’s where we fit in. Since it’s not just security, however this is important, it’s also an infrastructure platform that consolidates your typical SMTP routes and servers to a platform that that solves both security and issues around scalability. We see that hosting providers are wants to offer best secured email infrastructure at a low cost without painful maintenance, costs and support, that’s where we are the perfect fit. We’ve thought about that and by result, built a very flexible technical solution that will seamlessly fit into any complex hosting or mail service environment, by this not only reducing workload, but as purposed increase security”, says Jonas Falck CEO Halon Security Inc.
Key features of the Halon platform
Reduces complexity and eliminates the need to maintain several different applications
Built to seamlessly fit into any complex hosting or mail service environment
Reduce development time, implement new features and adapt to changing demands through Halon Security Script Engine
Enterprise-grade security at hosting-grade performance
“There are different solutions on the market that may work, but not without compromise for the client. Halon E-mail Platform is the only solution where these thoughts and worries are of yesterday. We are unique in our offering toward these types of environments, only because of genuine experience and thoroughly evaluated scripting capabilities with our product”, Jonas Falck continues.
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Halon is a flexible security and operations platform for in-transit email. It enables companies that build and operate large-scale
email services to offer competitive features by rapid implementation, and to lower costs of maintenance through
reliable deployment and reduced complexity.