secunet & stashcat: United for secure messaging & video conferencing
The German economy suffers more than 100 billion euros of losses per year because of data theft, sabotage or espionage. Three out of four companies are affected, according to the German Association for Information Technology, Telecommunications and New Media (Bitkom). The Corona pandemic has also significantly accelerated digitization, providing attackers with even more potential targets. To avoid outages, lawsuits and, not least, loss of reputation, companies must rely on secure technologies. In particular, employees' digital communications are considered a weak point, as many companies still rely on messengers, which are popular but at the same time entail extensive data processing.
The secure alternative comes from Hanover, Lower Saxony: the high secure business messenger stashcat. The system is so reliable that it is even used by organizations in the security-relevant sector. "When we started working on stashcat in 2017, companies communicated exclusively via common messengers such as WhatsApp and Co. apart from mails. However, these apps partly route the data via servers outside of Europe. Who might be reading the data there or on the way is completely unknown, a definite security risk. That's why stashcat focused on protecting data and messages with the highest security standards from the very beginning while at the same time ensuring the usual ease of use," Christopher Bick, CEO and founder of stashcat GmbH explains.
secunet Security Networks AG recently acquired stashcat GmbH from Hanover in the first half of this year. "Messenger apps have become an integral part of our everyday lives. Unlike other messengers, stashcat clearly focuses on security and data protection - this is an excellent fit with secunet's requirements and those of our customers," Axel Deininger, CEO of secunet explains. "With the acquisition of stashcat, we are creating an additional offering for secure and flexible communication and collaboration in companies, administration and security agencies such as the police."
"We are very happy to have found a strong partner in secunet, who wants to continue the successful history of stashcat together with us," Christopher Bick comments.
The acquisition marks the beginning of an exciting process for both sides and adds another component to secunet's powerful portfolio in cybersecurity: For companies and public authorities, stashcat offers a true, GDPR-compliant alternative to established messengers and file storages siminlar to WhatsApp and Dropbox.
What we can already reveal for all SINA users: With stashcat on the secunet desktop, you can exchange text messages, files, images and video material securely and quickly, and use the full potential of your SINA workstation.
Christopher Bick looks forward to the future with excitement: "Both companies represent innovative strength and high product dynamics. The common demand for security of the software and hardware offered, as well as the experience and expertise of both companies, will lead to further innovative solutions".