Halon receives award ‘Messaging Security Solution’ of the year at British Computing Security Awards 2013

Yesterday evening on the 17th of October Halon Security had the honor to receive the award for ‘Messaging Security Solution’ of the year. The competition showcase and reward the technology, tools and solutions, as well as the companies and organisations, that have made a major contribution over the past 12 months to promoting best practice and keeping organisations safe. Halon’s Joakim Sundberg attended the grand ceremony hosted by CSMagazine, that took place at Hotel Russel in London, UK.

Halon adds automated deployment of self-configured virtual machines through VMware’s vApp

Datacenters and Web hosting providers benefit from automated licensing, provisioning and fully customizable solutions

Halon, the technology leader in email security, routers and load balancers, today announced the full support of vApp to integrate Halon Security Suite into VMware, the global leader in virtualization and cloud infrastructure. vApp provides an automated and customizable solution for Web hosting providers who need immediate deployment of virtual machines through VMware’s vApp technology. Halon’s reputation has been built on the ability to simplify the deployment of its technology and vApp is the next solution in line with that philosophy.

— The modern data center must be automated to run at full capacity and Halon is committed to providing the best and most efficient hosting and service provider solutions available,” said Jonas Falck, Halon’s COO and senior technical director. “Security infrastructure is following the lead of data centers and cloud providers by moving away from legacy hardware and towards virtualization. Halon Security Suite is leading the charge with vApp integration to provide security solutions with decreased cost, improved quality, and shortened time to market.

Following the lead of datacenters and cloud providers, the network and security infrastructure of hosting and service providers is becoming less reliant on legacy hardware installations and is gravitating towards full software solutions. Now that VMware’s vApp is integrated into the Halon Security Suite, Halon’s hosting and service provider customers will be able to automatically and cost-effectively deploy virtual machines. This enables providers to immediately get new applications up and running in little time while also allocating fewer IT resources.

VMware’s vApp’s self-configuration makes it easy to deploy virtual machines. Pre-packaged virtual machines –such as a windows server and firewall bundled together—don’t require individual IP addresses for every virtual machine. This means applications get running quickly and are easier to operate.

Nearly all Americans spammed with malware & viruses

Email security firm Halon discovers why 1 in 3 Americans would knowingly open a suspicious email and the subsequent retaliation they take on spammers

Halon, the technology leader in email security, today announced the results of its U.S. survey ‘Email Spam and Related User Behavior’. Conducted by market research group TNS Global, the survey discovered that 94.7 percent of Americans received at least one email containing a virus, spyware, or malware. About one in eleven (8.8%) opened the attachment and infected their computer. Almost a third (30.2%) came dangerously close to doing the same, opening the email but stopping short of opening the attachment. These spam emails bogusly claim to come most often from banking institutions (15.9%), social media sites like Facebook or Twitter (15.2%), and online payment services (12.8%).

One in three Americans admit they would open an unsolicited email—even if it seems suspicious—depending on its subject line. For women, spam email messages containing invites from social networks are alluring, while men are tempted to open ones with the time-tested suggestions of money, power, and sex. Specifically, the survey found that women are more likely to open emails from social-media related accounts (8.2% to 5.6%), but that men are nearly three times as likely to open unsolicited bulk emails that promise monetary rewards (9.4% to 3.8%) and far likelier to open emails professing to include naked photos of celebrities (2.8% to 0.6%), themselves (2.3% to 0.9%) or friends (1.1% to 0%).

— Spam email is an unfortunate fact of life in the computer age. Users have become more aware of the threats they face, but spammers have also become craftier in disguising these messages. said Halon’s North American CEO and co-founder, Jonas Falck. Web hosting and email service providers don’t always prevent spam email threats from being delivered, so people need to be careful when encountering suspicious emails that may hijack their computer or render it inoperable.

Halon’s survey also indicates that Americans’ traditional understanding of spam has expanded beyond unsolicited sales offers. These include social media posts (mentioned by 41.5%), text messages (40.8%), and phone messages (35.1%). Even people’s friends and acquaintances weren’t immune from the spam “tag,” with 26.2% sending messages people didn’t find interesting and, thus, earning the distinction.

Nearly one in three Americans (31.4%) are likely to take action against people who sent spam. In fact, men were more likely than women to take action against the sender when discovering spam (35.5% to 26.5%), especially in a more confrontational manner, such as an angry email (8.9% to 1.0%), angry phone call (7.0% to 4.2%), angry social media post (3.8% to 1.9%), or angry text (3.1% to 0.4%).

People were alerted to email spam in many cases by a message’s subject line (70.5%), more than half of the time (42.9%) when the text in the subject line was in “ALL CAPS.” Other common triggers that made users aware of spam were the senders email address (67.9%), strange formatting (62.4%) and strange language (56%).

Survey Methodology: 
This survey was conducted online within the United States by TNS via its omnibus product on behalf of Halon in August 2013, among 1,000 adults ages 18 and older. For complete survey methodology, including raw data and weighting variables, please contact William McCormick at Grayling.

Halon awarded with VBspam

GOTHENBURG, Sweden, 02 Mar 2011 — Virus Bulletin has since 2009 given out the prestigious VBSpam Verified award, in order to help customers choose anti-spam solutions which actually keeps their promised false-positive and spam catch rates. In the latest test Halon delivered as promised with ease.

After years of experience on the field; testing tools for spam and malware protection, Virus Bulletin started in early 2009, focusing on testing various vendors in the anti-spam segment. VBSpam tests products by sending vast amounts of real-time spam simultaneous to all participants, to simulate a fair real-world scenario, so customer knows what to expect.

Halon participated for the first time in a VBSpam test, this month of March 2011. Halon achieved a top placement and was awarded with the “VBSpam Verified” award, which was the result of a catch rate of 99,71 % without a single false positive.

 — We are very proud, and pleased to see that our product outperforms larger competitors on the market, says Peter Falck, CEO, Halon Security.

Halon protects and secures both inbound and outbound communication and is being used in business ranging from very small to large and hosting/carrier-class corporations. Halon supports next-generation Internet and mail security technologies such as IPv6, DNSSEC and DKIM, which makes your IT investments long-term future-proof. It runs on many virtualization platforms and on bare-metal.

Halon becomes VMware partner and VMware Ready

GOTHENBURG, Sweden, 25 Aug 2010 — Halon Security, is proud to announce its addition to the VMware partner family.

Halon is a complete package for clean incoming and outgoing email between email servers from spam, viruses, malware and other threats. Halon runs as a virtual machine in virtualization solutions such as the VMware virtualization family. Since it utilizes system resources that are already in place, no additional hardware needs to be purchased and powered on, which enables any IT department to lower its environmental footprint and save money at the same time. It doesn’t get any greener than that.

— We are incredibly proud to have VMware put the spotlight on us, a small company from Gothenburg in Sweden. The VSP has done extremely well here in Europe and we hope that the addition in the VMware Marketplace will help more customers around the world find us and this incredible product, says Peter Falck, founder and CEO at Halon Security.

The VMware Marketplace features the VMware partners and their products. A total of approximately 1400 products are on display on the web site and out of these only 29 have been given the VMware Ready certification, of which Halon Security are one.

Halon Security presents new email gateway appliance; SPG-150

GOTHENBURG, Sweden, 17 Jun 2010 — After great success with SPG-100 and SPG-200, Halon Security is consolidating the features of these two models into one great package with greater performance, support for IPv6, DKIM, DNSSEC and plenty of other new features.

SPG is perhaps most easily described as a firewall for email servers. It features all the great functionality of its sibling, VSP which runs under VMware or Xen hypervisors, but is sold in an appliance format. This is a great solution for any customer who wishes to cluster several SPG:s together, or maybe rent a single rack unit space in a co-location facility for an off site email protection solution.

The all new SPG-150 is the smallest model in the SPG family. It features an attractive 19” format that only uses one unit rack space. The SPG-150 can examine, dissect and deal with up to 190,000 emails per hour, which is twice the number of emails in the older SPG-100 and SPG-200.

Customers who wishes to offer it’s users a quarantine to examine email that for some reason has been caught in transit to the customers email server, will appreciate the built in hard drive with a 160 gigabyte storage capacity, which in almost every situation will eliminate the need for an external storage solution.

— The team at Halon Security took the SPG family to a whole new level with the SPG-150, which is mainly designed around customer requests for enhancements of the older models in the SPG family. As always, we listen to our customers and work very hard to deliver solutions that make our customers lives a bit easier, says Peter Falck, CEO at Halon Security.

As per usual, Halon Security delivers a world class graphical user interface for both users and administrators which features intuitive and easy-to-use ways to harness the power of the SPG-150.

In it’s standard configuration, the SPG-150 will protect up to 100 email accounts. Customers who have a need for protection for additional email accounts can extend their license with 50 or 100 users per extension. As all models in the SPG and VSP families, the SPG-150 offers support for IPv6, DKIM, DNSSEC and support for GlobalView as standard, all of which used to be optional features in the older models. The all new SPG-150 is available now at all Halon Security partners and resellers throughout Europe, Asia and the United States. Please contact a partner in your country for a price quote.

First in line with DKIM and DNSSEC

GOTHENBURG, Sweden, 26 Apr 2010 — Halon Security’s popular e-mail gateway is now being upgraded to a completely new version. New features include support for DKIM, DNSSEC, better performance and lower hardware requirements, which together make the perfect solution for web hosting and Internet service providers.

Halon Security’s solution for email protection is constantly developing in order to give its users support for modern standards and exciting new features. In version 2.2 there are plenty of new features.

Version 2.2 has by a substantial work of Halon developers in Gothenburg almost got into a “turbo mode” by significantly lower hardware requirements and properly optimized code.

Our developers never rest when it comes to making our products more efficient and more environmentally friendly. It is a job that will benefit both our customers and our environment, says Peter Falck, CEO of Halon Security.

It has also support for a number of interesting standards. It can now handle domain name that is cryptographically signed as DNSSEC. Another major new feature is support for DomainKeys Identified Mail, or DKIM, which allows a company or organization to take responsibility for an email, and ensure that the sender is legitimate by cryptographic keys that signs each e-mail message.

Both of these standards contributes to less spam and more efficient use of bandwidth on the Internet. These are functions that ISPs and web hosting are increasingly seeking to be able safeguard their customers’ e-mail.

Halon has long been one of the world’s best products when it comes to stopping spam. Now we are also one of the world’s best products in terms of allowing companies to use their e-mail environment more efficiently and safely, says Peter Falck, CEO of Halon Security