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Hornetsecurity, a Pittsburgh-based email cloud security and backup service announced the acquisition of IT-Seal, a Darmstadt, Germany-based security awareness training company. Hornetsecurity has made many purchases in recent years, with this being the latest.

The companies did not disclose the financial specifics of the arrangement. Hornetsecurity hopes to expand its cybersecurity capabilities with the purchase of IT-Seal.

The company’s main product is billed as one of the most complete cloud security solutions for Microsoft Office 365. The features include spam and virus filtering tools, phishing and ransomware prevention, archiving and encryption, and comprehensive threat defense.

IT-Seal co-founders will remain on the board

Hornetsecurity CEO Daniel Hofmann said that with IT-Seal on board, his company will now provide IT security training as part of its package. Along with its proven email security and backup and recovery solutions, he said it would also allow the company to address all components of the awareness-prevention-detection cycle.

David Kelm, Alex Wyllie, and Yannic Ambach, the three co-founders of IT-Seal, will remain on the board of directors while continuously developing their products and services under Hornetsecurity’s roof. 

Based in Darmstadt, Germany, IT-Seal focuses on developing a long-term security culture.

Serial acquirer

IT-Seal uses cutting-edge technology to teach personnel at businesses and organizations worldwide. IT-Seal employs a scientific, patented security awareness indicator (Employee Security Index – ESI®) to make security awareness quantifiable and comparative.

Hornetsecurity’s purchase follows a string of others made by the local business over the years.

Hornetsecurity acquired Altaro, a backup solutions company, and Zerospam, a Canadian email security firm, in 2021, following a deal in 2020 that saw Hornetsecurity acquire EveryCloud, a British business partner of Spain-based cloud email security provider Spamina, which Hornetsecurity purchased in 2019.

The company has 400 workers worldwide.