Balázs Scheidler, Chief Executive Officer and Chief Technology Engineer of Balabit IT Security has received the “Info-communications Manager of the Year – Gyurós Tibor Prize”  from the ICT Association of Hungary (IVSZ), established by the ICT industry top managers in 1997, Hungary. Since then, every year an independent jury, consists of senior ICT managers and journalists, select the Info-communications Manager of the Year in Hungary, the person who has highly contributed to the success of his/her company and the development of the domestic IT industry and society. In 2011 IVSZ renewed this award, the jury also considered the winner’s results in innovation and value creation.

Balázs Scheidler was born in 1977. Several Linux related project initiatives underlines his acknowledgement among the members of the open source community. He has earned a degree in computer engineering from Pannonia University, Veszprém in 2000.  As a member of the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF ) logging workgroup, he plays an important role in regulating the global industry standards. He is also a member of board in Common Event Expression (CEE), the U.S. government initiative created to standardize logging methods.

Balabit IT Security’s products, due to Balázs Scheidler’s development approach, have spread out and known as one of the best-of-breed technology products in their categories world-wide. Balabit is an innovative information security company, today one of the global leaders in developing privileged activity monitoring, trusted logging and proxy-based gateway technologies. The syslog-ng log server application became a globally acknowledged de-facto industry standard, its customer base is estimated up to 650 000 corporate users. Balabit’s Zorp Gateway, the open source proxy-based firewall solution is aiming to satisfy even the highest security needs, and Shell Controll Box, a monitoring tool for privileged IT users, both have been gained certifications from West Coast Labs. Balabit offers solutions for companies handling sensitive data and processes, such as the financial and telecommunication sector, manufacturing, and multinational enterprises. The customers include, among others Boeing, NASA, EADS, UPC, the Hungarian Post Office or the National Pension Insurance Directorate.

The company’s international expansion in recent years has undergone enormous growth: in 2010 the company increased its turnover with 59 % to 1.58 billion HUF with its extensive partner network in 30 countries. Balabit has local offices in France, Germany, Italy, Russia, and in the USA. The company’s most popular product, Shell Control Box, an activity monitoring tool for privileged access (system administrators, executives, outsourcing service providers), contributed with a 187 percent revenue growth. The company’s revenue each year represents a larger share of international sales, last year it raised to 78 percent.  In the past years, the company was added to the Deloitte Technology Fast 500 EMEA list, which ranks the European, Middle Eastern and African region’s fastest growing companies.

Interview with Balázs Scheidler, the “Infocommunication Manager of the Year” in Hungary, 2011

About IVSZ
The ICT Association of Hungary (IVSZ) -representing more than 300 corporate members- has been a strong and effective lobby group and intellectual think tank for the Hungarian ICT sector for more than 20 years. Alongside all major multinational IT, telecoms and electronics companies, its members include the largest Hungarian ICT enterprises, as well as local SMEs.
IVSZ has undoubtedly evolved into a major organization in the field of Hungarian Information Technology in recent years. Its operation, weight and role are outstanding even if compared to the associations of other industries.
The activity of our membership is the driving force behind the Association. Their responsible attitude concerning the information technology, sector, the motivating and self-developing activities have greatly contributed to the fact that Hungary is catching up in terms of information technology and a knowledge-based society is being created.

About Balabit
Balabit IT Security is an innovative information security company, one of the global leaders in developing privileged activity monitoring, trusted logging and proxy-based gateway technologies to help customers be protected against insider and outsider threats and meet security and compliance regulations. As an active member of the open source community, we provide solutions to a uniquely wide range of both open source and proprietary platforms, even for the most complex and heterogeneous IT systems across physical, virtual and cloud environments.
Balabit is also known as “the syslog-ng company”, based on the company’s flagship product, the open source log server application, which is used by more than 650.000 customers worldwide and became the globally acknowledged de-facto industry standard.
Balabit, the second fastest-growing IT Security company in the Central European region concerning Deloitte Technology Fast 50 list, has local offices in France, Germany, Italy, Russia, and in the USA, and cooperates with partners worldwide. Our R&D and global support centers are located in Hungary, Europe.
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