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Halon launches hosted email security for Sweden (PR in Swedish)

Halon Security AB, Sveriges ledande e-post säkerhetsföretag lanserar nu en komplett molnbaserad e-postsäkerhets tjänst för IT-återförsäljare. Tjänsten bygger på Halon Security’s e-post plattform som så sent som i oktober 2014 tog hem priset ”Bästa e-post säkerhetslösning” i den internationella tävlingen Computing Security Awards.

Fördelar med Halon Hosted Email Security;

  • Att arbeta utan spam-box eftersom tekniken bygger på att e-post aldrig kan försvinna, därigenom transaktionssäker hantering.
  • Tjänsten har inga bindningstider och användaren kan själv välja olika nivåer av funktionalitet.
  • En svenska professionellt utvecklade produkten som finns på marknaden och där all e-post tvätt sker inom Svenska gränser.
  • Fullt DMARC-stöd som försvårar phishing-försök genom blockering av bluffmail.
  • Utöver den unika tekniken erbjuds det ett snabbt och enkelt sätt att komma igång med användning av e-postsäkerhet för sina kunders domän.

”- Eftersom vi lever i ett tidskrävande samhälle, har vi valt att komplettera vår lösning; Halon E-mail Platform med den molnbaserade e-post säkerhetstjänsten; Hosted Email Security. Vi upplever att allt fler behöver komma igång rekordsnabbt, administrera med några klick, men samtidigt inte vill eller kan kompromissa med kvaliteten för säker e-post. Halon’s ”H.E.S” är ett utmärkt val för IT-återförsäljare som har en mindre komplex miljö där Halons ordinarie plattform med oändlig flexibilitet inte är nödvändig, säger Peter Falck, om den nylanserade e-post säkerhetstjänsten”.

Mer information om tjänsten.

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Nina Offen
PR & Communication Manager
Halon Security
031-301 19 20

Halon Security collects yet another award

Halon Security yesterday evening won the prestigious award for SME Security Solution of the Year. The award is organized and distributed by The Computing Security Awards, now in their fifth year and is based out of London, UK. Last year Halon Security won the Messaging Security Solution of the Year.

We had a fantastic evening and are very pleased to win an award that recognizes how flexible our product scalability options are. As our e-mail security solution is primarily build for complex environments such as Cloud, Service and Hosting Providers, but of course we master SME – we go both ways, says Peter Falck CEO at Halon Security.

The Computing Security Awards were set up to recognize the solutions and the solution-providers, which have been particularly impressive in the fight against security threats. These awards are well-known and well-respected by end users and by the supplier community. On-line nominations have established the finalists and also determined the winners. Download the press release (in Swedish)

 

Support for Google Compute Engine

San Francisco, Calif., August 20th, 2014 – Halon Security, the technology leader in email gateways, today announced the next generation of email security for hosting providers and enterprise clients. It delivers a unique solution with a multi-tenancy platform for hosting providers and the most demanding IT-infrastructures.

Halon’s new release incorporates improved performance, optimized for large enterprise and hosting email routing, new outgoing scripting SMTP capabilities and the deployment support on Google Compute Engine (GCE).

We’ve been technology leaders within email security and also understanding the mindset of hosting providers for a long time. We are proud to say our great insight is due to the close collaboration we have with leading hosting and cloud providers, but also because we’ve kept our focus and close monitoring of trends and threats, said Jonas Falck, CEO at Halon Security Inc.

Furthermore the new release also includes a numerous list of improvements such as: the dynamic outbound scripting and expanded subset of functions, port link aggregation and one of the main highlights; support of Google Compute Engine

“Google Compute Engine is a well-known and confident platform to run your business cloud services, I’m very excited that we support Google cloud services. We have a long reputation of building world class software and best of breed solution for the most demanding customers, leading way ahead of competition”, Jonas Falck continues.

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Nominated in 3 categories in Computing Security Awards 2014

Halon Security has once again been nominated for excellent e-mail security products in the UK based Computing Security Awards. Halon Security is nominated in three different categories, defending one winning post from 2013. On-line nominations have established the finalists.

We are obviously proud to be acknowledged as one of the main players in our industry. To be nominated in three categories for this year, evidently gives us proof that we are constantly ahead and that we meet the technical requirements that our users value in an email security product, says Peter Falck, CEO at Halon Security AB.

 Halon Security is nominated in the three following categories: 

  • Anti Spam Solution of the year
  • SME Security Solution of the year
  • Messaging Security Solution of the year (defending champions 2013)

The Computing Security Awards were set up to recognize the solutions and the solution-providers, which have been particularly impressive in the fight against security threats. Now in their fifth year, these awards are well-known and well-respected by end users and by the supplier community. On-line nominations have established the finalists.

For more information on the event and also to place your vote, please visit their site.

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Västra Götalandsregionen väljer Halon; effektiviserar och att höjer säkerheten för intern och extern digital kommunikation (Swedish PR)

Halon Security AB, Sveriges ledande epostsäkerhetsföretag vinner förtroende hos Västra Götalandsregionen och implementerar IT-säkerhetslösning för organisationens 50 000 anställda. Implementeringen innebär således säkrare e-postkommunikation både internt och externt.

Västra Götalandsregionen väljer nu att effektivisera och höja säkerheten för e-postkommunikationen. Organisationen arbetar inom hälso- och sjukvård, tillväxt och utveckling samt kollektivtrafik och har över 50 000 anställda. Västra Götalandsregionen har ca en miljon inkommande e-brev varje vecka och e-post är en av de viktigaste funktionerna för organisationens interna och externa kommunikation. Kravet på säkerhet för kommunikationsmedlet är därför extremt högt och det tekniska skyddet måste uppfylla alla rekommendationer från myndigheter och PUL, något som Halon Security gör. Västra Götalandsregionen har genom ATEA köpt e-post säkerhetslösningen från Halon Security.

– Vi är väldigt stolta över att Västra Götalandsregionen väljer vår e-postsäkerhetslösning, efter att de utfört en rad tester där det visat sig att Halon Security möter de kraven som ställs från offentlig sektor. Vårt gedigna arbete med teknik så som DMARC, som stoppar bedrägeriförsök – sk phishing, ger användaren den trygghet de behöver, säger Peter Falck, VD på Halon Security i Sverige.

Effektiviseringarna som Västra Götalandsregionen nu genomgår för digital kommunikation innebär att administrationen minimeras vid behandlingen av skräppost. Organisationens tekniska driftmiljö är av naturliga skäl komplex, den ställer stora krav på flexibiliteten på e-postsäkerhetslösningen och administrationen av e-postsäkerhetssystem för en sådan miljö är oftast omfattande.

”Om man väljer rätt lösning finns det istället pengar att spara, menar Peter Falck. Varje anställd spenderar många timmar i månaden på att leta efter e-post i spamfilter, något som kostar både små och stora företag eller organisationer mycket pengar, tillägger han.”

Halon Security är det första och det enda IT-säkerhetsföretaget som på användarens egen server, kan erbjuda tekniken som minimerar bedrägeriförsök – ”phishing” Tekniken som heter DMARC bygger på att minska förekomsten och att stoppa e-post av denna karaktär, redan innan dem når mottagaren. Risken för att ens öppna dessa brev således minimeras och dem finns heller inte att hitta i något spamfilter, som höjer säkerheten ytterligare.

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Partnering with UnitedLayer to secure UnitedCloud

Halon Security’s firewall, router and load balancer products offer an additional level of security for users of UnitedLayer’s secure public cloud with on-demand provisioning

San Francisco, Calif, February 25Halon Security, the technology leader in Email Security, Routers, and Load Balancers, today announced that Halon Security’s secure firewall, router and Load Balancer will augment and secure UnitedCloud, a VMware-based secure public cloud for enterprises and SMBs.

UnitedLayer, a leading Hybrid Hosting provider, selected Halon Security to provide proven enterprise-grade security features for UnitedCloud at a price point amenable to companies of all sizes.

“UnitedLayer is known for providing exemplary service with a unique comprehensive hybrid solution, comprised of public and private cloud solutions, colocation, and disaster recovery services,” said Jonas Falck, CEO of Halon Security Inc. “We’re proud to integrate our best-in-class security solution to offer another layer of protection and security for UnitedLayer’s customers in order to fortify their public cloud servers with Halon’s security expertise.”

By minimizing the amount of risk associated with their virtualization initiatives, UnitedCloud users can now increase their productivity by dedicating their time and resources towards other parts of the business.  Companies of all sizes, from small businesses to large enterprises, require high network security and can’t risk having their proprietary data compromised or risk having their servers attacked. UnitedCloud’s virtual hosting customers can now rely on Halon’s integrated security features to limit system downtime.

“UnitedLayer provides enterprise-grade hybrid cloud solutions with built-in security features like 2-factor authentication, Denial of Service attack mitigation, intrusion detection, and log monitoring, and this partnership enables us to provide additional layers of security to our customers” said Abhijit Phanse, CEO of UnitedLayer. “With the integration of Halon’s security features into our Virtual Data Center, our customers can add Halon’s Cloud Firewalls and Load Balancers to fortify their public cloud servers thereby creating an unparalleled security platform”

Halon’s Cloud Firewalls and Cloud Load Balancers can be found as networking options within UnitedCloud’s Virtual Data Center Configurator.

To learn more, please visit Halon Security (booth #235) at the RSA Conference this week (February 24-28) at San Francisco’s Moscone Center.

Enhanced Hyper-V, KVM and Xen support with 5x speed improvement

New update offers extended choice of commercial and open source virtualization platforms and improved VMware network support.

San Francisco, Calif, February 25, 2014 – Halon Security, the technology leader in email gateways, today announced an update that now offers full integration with Microsoft Hyper-V, KVM, and Xen virtualization platforms, in addition to VMware vApp. Improved hardware utilization and VMware network support has quintupled delivery performance speed when compared to previous versions.  Halon Security’s Email Security System has always had a reputation for quick and easy deployment, and now it also offers unsurpassed flexibility and performance on any of the leading commercial or open source hypervisors.

The dynamic data center has arrived and Halon is committed to supporting it with the most flexible, high performing, easiest-to-deploy hosting and service provider solution,” said Jonas Falck, Halon Security CEO. “Halon recognizes that Microsoft’s Hyper-V is gaining market share against VMware and that many service providers want the option to deploy Open Source virtualization solutions as well. Halon Security’s Email Security System now gives providers a choice of strategies for moving from legacy hardware towards new virtual architecture.

The network and security infrastructure of hosting and service providers has been following the lead of datacenters and cloud providers by moving from legacy hardware installations to fully virtualized software solutions. Now that Halon’s Email Security System can harness any of four virtualization platforms, hosting and service provider customers can deploy and scale virtual machines quickly and automatically to maintain performance under the heaviest workloads. All with fewer IT resources needed than in the past.

Halon provides rich support for all four hypervisors, including:

  • VMware VMXNET3
  • Hyper-V para-virtualization, gigabit networks, VLANs, and SCSI disks
  • KVM Virtio para-virtualization and fast network and disk performance
  • Xen PVHVM

It also adds a host of powerful new features, including:

  • Concise and helpful logging throughout the system
  • Line graphs showing disk IOPS and latency
  • Automatic storage disk growth after resizing in the hypervisor
  • Warning message if no storage disk is found or configured
  • Message modifications displayed when browsing queued or quarantined messages
  • HSL scripting language optimizations
  • Increased swap partition size to 2 GB
  • Updated third-party-party components
  • Cache DKIM signature for all recipients

To learn more, please visit Halon Security (booth #235) at the RSA Conference this week (February 24-28) at San Francisco’s Moscone Center.

Spil Games (online gaming giant) choose Halon; immediately eliminating spam and false positive issues

Spil Games moves from Barracuda Networks to Halon, proves to be a “set-and-forget” solution to address email spam and false positives.

San Francisco, Calif, November 28, 2013 — Halon Security, the technology leader in email security, security routers and load balancers, today announced that Halon’s solution solved Spil Games’ spam email issue, almost immediately eliminating massive volumes of spam emails and false positives without compromising its filtering process. Spil Games moved to Halon from Barracuda Networks email security solution after it failed to address their needs. To download the full case study.

Within half a day of deploying Halon, all our spam email problems were solved, said Rogier Gerritse, Spil Games’ head of office IT. Halon Email Security automatically terminated connections from known spammers and almost immediately, all of the spam emails disappeared. From there on in, we haven’t had any problems and our spam issues are a thing of the past. We know that whatever comes down the line with regards to email security, Halon will have it covered.

Invaluable for Spil Games is Halon’s effectiveness in greylisting potential spammers as possible spam email messages are temporarily rejected by the system and then evaluated. Spil Games’ technical personnel are no longer constrained by an ongoing need to effectively manage spam. Unlike its prior experiences with Barracuda’s solution, Spil Games has discovered that Halon effectively manages even massive volumes of spam, requiring only minimal management from employees and zero downtime.

Halon works hard to constantly improve their product, predicting threats down the road and enhancing its solution to adapt to these threats before they become an issue, says Gerritse. Halon has an excellent interface, which is constantly upgrading and innovating. Logging and searching within the appliance has improved tremendously.

Case study: Online gaming publisher focuses on its gaming community instead of dealing with internal spam

Grayling/Halon Security

After its employees endured too many email headaches, Spil Games migrated from Barracuda to Halon and eliminated spam along with the hassle of false positives for good

Spil Games

Spil Games is a Netherlands-based games publisher and leader in online casual gaming with one of the world’s largest online gaming platforms. Spil Games scouts for the best content from the world of online game developers to entertain its 180 million monthly active users. The company’s gaming platforms target girls, teens, men and women. Spil Games also develops its own unique content through its in-house game studios. Spil Games’ gaming platforms contain all the features and games players need to challenge themselves, share their creativity, and entertain themselves. Additionally, Spil Games is present on mobile devices through browser-based and native application versions of the company’s targeted online-gaming platforms.

The Challenge

Eliminating spam and false positives to Spil Games employee email accounts.

Recognized as one of the largest publishers in the world of online casual and social gaming, Spil Games welcomes over 180 million active users every month to its more than 40 gaming websites. As social gaming took off with the proliferation of mobile devices, Spil Games quickly grew in popularity. Coinciding with the growth in popularity, Spil Games employees began receiving a higher degree of spam email and became encumbered, making it more challenging to remain as efficient and productive in their work. Spil Games’ existing spam filters weren’t well prepared to handle large volumes of spam. Previously, Spil Games was using Barracuda Networks for Web and email security. Its filters didn’t automatically detect possible spam very effectively and placed a large burden on the employees to ensure that their email systems were working effectively. The company’s employees were finding spam emails in their in-boxes, and valid emails would sometimes end up in spam folders only to be deleted. The problem became too much to handle internally as the company grew. As a result, Spil Games personnel spent time constantly managing internal employee email lists in order to reduce spam and to ensure the lists were always up to date.  All the additional time spent on training personnel to do so came in addition to deploying Barracuda to handle the problem, which also took too many resources to keep updated. It soon became apparent that the company needed a much more hands-free, “set-and-forget” solution to address the issue. Enter Halon Email Security.

An Immediate Solution

Set-and-go solution solves problems instantly

According to Rogier Gerritse, Spil Games’ head of office IT, the company decided to seek an alternative to Barracuda, which just wasn’t working out. Spil Games first took a look at an email security application from Sophos, a UK-based security vendor, but didn’t feel it could deliver the performance that Spil Games required. Then Spil Games turned to Halon in November 2011. It found that the Halon Email Security solution was exactly what was needed.
With help from Halon’s support team, Spil Games was able to easily install Halon’s software solution and eradicate the spam problem.

We looked at 5 alternate solutions to Barracuda, but Halon stood out to us and came highly recommended from my peers,” said Gerritse. “Within half a day, all our problems were solved—just like that. Halon automatically terminated connections from known spammers and almost immediately all of the spam emails disappeared. We then spent another day working with Halon’s support team to fine-tune and customize the solution to our specific needs. From there on in, we haven’t had any problems. Our spam issues are a thing of the past.

One of the most valuable features Spil Games has found with Halon’s solution is its effectiveness in greylisting potential spammers. Possible spam email messages are temporarily rejected by the system and evaluated. In the case that they are re-sent by an originating server and found legitimate, they are delivered after a short delay. This means that Halon automatically eliminates close to 100 percent of all spam without compromising its filtering process to allow false positives.

That was an essential factor in our deciding to go with Halon, says Gerritse. We couldn’t afford to get false positives as it was critical to our business. As much as our employees hate getting spam, not receiving a legitimate email is an ever greater problem. Also Halon can help identify false positives and figure out the reason the emails were not sent. Its support team has been great in customizing the solution for us.

Results

Spil Games solves its spam problem for good.

Since using Halon for email security, Spil Games’ employees no longer receive spam emails and Spil Games’ technical personnel are no longer constrained by an ongoing need to effectively manage spam. Unlike its prior experiences with Barracuda’s solution, Spil Games has discovered that Halon effectively manages even massive volumes of spam.

Other systems can’t handle heavy volumes as easily, so working with them requires pooling together different solutions,” said Gerritse. “Halon not only eliminates all spam, it also eliminates all false positives. It can handle all of it as an all-in-one solution, saving us from the need to also look elsewhere for supplemental products.

Spil Games was impressed by the continuous influx of new features and upgrades offered by Halon. Notable improvements have been made in how the system consistently checks false positives and debugs email flow.

Halon works hard to constantly improve their product, predicting threats down the road and enhancing its solution to adapt to these threats before they become an issue, says Gerritse. Halon has an excellent interface, which is constantly upgrading and innovating. Logging and searching within the appliance has improved tremendously.

Gerritse is such a believer in Halon’s email security that he routinely recommends its solution to friends and fellow colleagues in the IT industry. Halon’s support team has also earned raves from Spil Games. With Halon’s ongoing support, Spil Games now has an email security solution directly tailored for all its specific needs.

This wouldn’t be possible without Halon’s fantastic support team that really knows the product and the problems its customers face. The system now takes much less time to manage compared to what we were spending on Barracuda, saving on average of two man-hours every week. This is a big comfort as we continue to grow and expand our company. We know that whatever comes down the line with regards to email security, Halon will have it covered.

About Spil Games

Spil Games’ mission is to unite the world in play through a localized global network of online social-gaming platforms tailored to girls, teens and families. These platforms, are localized in 15 languages, and entertain more than 180 million active users from around the world each month. These platforms host popular, casual and social games that encourage players to connect and challenge themselves and each other while sharing their creativity. Additionally, Spil Games is present on mobile devices through browser-based and native application versions of the company’s targeted social-gaming platforms. For more information, please visit http://www.spilgames.com/.

Download the case study (PDF)

Halon becomes first email gateway to integrate DMARC

Halon, the technology leader in email gateways, today announced the implementation of DMARC, a first of its kind solution to prevent malicious phishing emails for hosting providers. This new implementation will prevent attacks by spammers who use targeted spoof emails from recognized brands. Halon developed DMARC technology, similar to what is being used by companies such as Google, Yahoo, and PayPal, and removes the risk of fraudulent emails by enabling email receivers and senders to work together to protect end users and brands.

Phishing attacks are one of the most effective strategies used by hackers to penetrate unsuspecting user’s computers, but through implementing our DMARC solution, hosting providers can immediately eradicate this threat, said North American CEO and co-founder at Halon, Jonas Falck. We are driving the industry forward as Halon is the only vendor that has fully implemented DKIM in a commercial product that can verify email via DMARC. We hope that soon DMARC integration will become standardized across the industry so that phishing emails will be a thing of the past.

Key product features of Halon’s new DMARC implementation include:

  • Avoids spoofing emails
  • Reduces phishing attacks and malware
  • Makes email more trusted while maintaining openness

Halon has consistently provided an innovative security solution to combat the emerging threats hosting providers face, said Anders Aleborg, CEO at Binero, a web-hosting provider. “With this new update, we are confidant that we can protect our brand and reputation from attacks like phishing emails. It is essential that we are able to verify legitimate senders, and with this new DMARC implementation, we now have access to a secure system that validates the security of our emails and protects our users.

Highlighting this growing trend, A Halon commissioned survey hosted by TNS Global found that nearly one-third of Americans admit to opening an unsolicited email, and these spam emails most often spoofed banking institutions (15.9%), social media sites like Facebook or Twitter (15.2%), and online payment services (12.8%).

Spammers who are continuously changing their strategies for targeted attacks will single out users who do not implement anti-spoofing technologies. In fact, most spammers use forged email addresses, which affect nearly all Americans (94.7%) who received at least one email containing a virus, spyware, or malware. In response to this growing threat, Halon developed DKIM libraries with open source libdkim++ to sign and validate email signatures. Halon combined its DMARC technology with SPF, which now enables email recipients to verify the validity of the sender.