Celebrating 40 amazing years in IT securityLet's look back together at the milestones that have led us to the Utimaco of today.
In 1983, the German IT security pioneer Dr. Horst Görtz laid the foundation for Utimaco’s success in IT security! We are delighted to share our historical milestones with you, showcasing the development and changes we have undergone over the past 40 years. All stages have played an essential role in Utimaco's success, and we are proud to be part of this history. Join us in celebrating Utimaco's anniversary!
Dr. Horst Görtz (on the right, shaking hands with current CEO, Stefan Auerbach) acquires the computer centre company Utilisation des Machines Comptables, and renamed it uti-maco software GmbH.
Introduction of the PC-based data security system SAFE-MEN at CeBIT (which will evolve into the depicted SAFE-GUARD).
Introduction of SAFE-Board, an encryption card that used the Data Encrypting Standard code (DES) to encrypt data quickly, both on hard disks and for data transmission
- First subsidiary in the US
- First certified product: Safe-Guard Professional 3.1
- Birth of KryptoServer - the first Hardware Security Module (HSM) developed and manufactured in Germany
Cooperation agreement with IBM Deutschland on the sale of Utimaco SafeGuard products by IBM under the IBM logo
- Merger with the Austrian Safeware Ges.mbH in Linz.
- Change from a private company (GmbH) to a joint-stock corporation, the Utimaco Safeware AG
- KryptoKom developed the first LIMS
- Sales cooperation agreement with Siemens AG under the name Secure PC
- Acquisition of Dutch distributor D&R, specializing in security solutions
- Acquisition of US company Mergent International
- Further subsidiaries founded in Austria and Belgium, France, Switzerland, United Kingdom, Norway, Sweden and Finland
- Acquisition of the operating business of Kryptokom GmbH in Aachen
- IPO as Utimaco Safeware AG at the Neuer Markt, a segment under the Deutsche Börse
ACG and Utimaco found the joint venture OMNIKEY AG.
- Focus on business units Personal Device Security (PDS), Digital Transaction Security (DTS) and the system house for customer-specific security service.
- Discontinuation of business units Network Security and Security Modules.
20-year anniversary of Utimaco
Launch of SafeGuard Enterprise security suite
Take-over by Sophos through a voluntary public tender offering
- De-listing from stock market
- Transfer of the divisions "Data Protection Development / Engineering and Data Protection Product Management" of Utimaco Safeware AG to Sophos GmbH
Utimaco Safeware AG dissolved
EQT Mid Market Investment Strategy (“EQT Mid Market”) acquires the majority stake in the company
- New product innovations for post quantum cryptography and cloud.
- Mergers and acquisitions: Payment HSM "Atalla"
- Mergers and acquisitions: Key management "Geobridge" and Cloud HSM "MyHSM"
- Utimaco supports stateful hash-based and lattice-based quantum-proof algorithms via a firmware extension: LMS, XMSS, HSS, XMSS-MT from NIST Recommendation.
- Despite the Chip shortage on the market, Utimaco has secured relationship with our suppliers to match the growing demand with the availability of our products. What this means is: We have been and still are able to deliver our products on time and at the quantity required.
Mergers and acquisitions:
- PKI, IoT & Professional Services “exceet Secure Solutions”
- HSM & PKI “Realsec”
- Mergers and acquisitions: Public Warning Systems & Cell Broadcast Center “Celltick”.
- Opening of a new office in Mexico.
- SGT acquires majority stake.
- Utimaco standardizes two algorithms CRYSTALS-KYBER, CRYSTALS-Dilithium recommended by NIST.
- Utimaco reaches a revenue of €100 million and employs 500 people overall.
- Microsoft & Utimaco Partnership
- Digital Realty Partnership
A big thank you to all our employees, customers, and partners with whom we will continue to create trust.