SoSafe – Acton Capital invests in Cybersecurity Awareness Platform
Cologne, July 22, 2020 — SoSafe Cybersecurity Awareness platform closed a substantial seven figures pre-Series A round as Acton Capital joins existing shareholder Global Founders Capital. Founded by Niklas Hellemann, Felix Schürholz and Lukas Schaefer in 2018, SoSafe’s automated cyber security awareness platform supports meanwhile more than 200 corporate customers like Avira, Vattenfall or Ceconomy to increase their cyber resilience.
As 9 out of 10 cyber attacks are targeting end users, SoSafe’s automated cyber security awareness platform increases cyber resilience by assessing risks, training staff and creating secure habits. With the fresh capital from Munich, the Cologne-based startup will expand its cyber security training platform and its team ranging from cybersecurity experts to edcuational psychologists.
“More than 70% of companies are planning to increase their investments in IT security. Training and awareness of their staff will play a large part. We can also see this from the fact that market estimates have been revised strongly upwards,” says Christoph Braun, Managing Partner at Acton Capital. “We are very pleased to support a team that is working on a highly relevant topic.
“Protecting organizations from the massive number of human-based cyber attacks will make a lasting contribution to securing value creation.”
Christoph Braun, Acton Capital
SoSafe sensitizes, trains and tests employees in dealing with all kinds of cyber threats. “The interactive training is a 100% data protection compliant, which means that the solution is also extremely well received by works councils and employees,” says Niklas Hellemann.
SoSafe puts employee privacy first: our sending engine enables fully anonymous phishing simulations — a fact that is even more important in the context of the latest decision by the European Court of Justice’s dismissal of “Privacy Shield”, supporting staff data protection. This really puts us ahead of our mostly US-based competitors.
“Within this year, we expect to quadruple our turnover compared to 2019.”
Niklas Hellemann, SoSafe
Headquartered in Cologne, Germany, SoSafe is also massively looking for new employees for its current team of 55 employees — ranging from IT security experts to educational psychologists.
“The transition towards working from home and the dramatically increased attack volume in the context of COVID19 makes our solutions even more relevant,“ says SoSafe’s co-founder Niklas Hellemann.
“Companies had to quickly put their teams into a remote work mode, which increases the risk of cyber attacks enormously. Unfortunately, the attackers immediately identified this increased vulnerability. The European Cyber Security Agency ENISA reports a 600% increase in the volume of phishing emails since February 2020. Security officers and CIOs are therefore urgently looking for a quick and effective solution to get their teams on board in terms of IT security within compliance obligations,” explains Hellemann.
With comprehensible KPIs and detailed reporting dashboards, the success of cyber security training measures finally becomes measurable and visible. At the same time, SoSafe’s cyber security solutions and its platform is designed in full focus on its customers’ needs — both on IT admins and end users. “This is a rethink in the area of IT security, where usability and user centricity have been the exception rather than the rule,” says SoSafe co-founder Niklas Hellemann.