Press Release

Record Growth Again: genua Stays on the Road to Success in Fiscal Year 2021

​Strong Demand for Highly Secure Communication Results in a 25 Percent Increase in Turnover for the IT Security Specialist

Kirchheim, 24 October 2022 – With a turnover of 66.8 million euros, genua GmbH recorded significant growth for the third time in a row in fiscal year 2021. The 24.9 percent increase in turnover of the German provider of highly secure IT security solutions was primarily attributable to its range of solutions for firewalls, virtual private networks (VPN), and mobile work.

A principal driver of growth was the public sector, in particular for the safeguarding of communication categorized as classification level German VS-NfD. In particular, the purely software-based VPN software client genuconnect, which was newly introduced in summer 2021, was received extremely positively by the market.

Growth in Macroeconomically Challenging Environment

The past year was characterized by a challenging overall macroeconomic situation. Marc Tesch, Managing Director of genua GmbH, says: “At genua, we have been intensively researching and working on the subject of cybersecurity for 30 years in order to sustainably protect the state, companies and society from harm. We see the quantity and quality of cyber threats continuing to grow rapidly. Furthermore, the current, unprecedented combination of multiple global crises exacerbates the conditions under which organizations have to protect their digital, sometimes critical infrastructures.” With regard to the business result, Tesch adds: “Our consistently positive business performance is an impressive indication of the growing willingness to invest in highly secure IT solutions and confirms the high level of trust that the market has in us.”

Highlights of 2021: Product Innovations and Research Topics

With new developments for highly secure communication as well as approvals and certifications, in the past year genua GmbH once again underlined its special role as IT security company for the German federal government in ensuring information security in Germany.

Software Client for Secure Workplaces Authorized for Use with Restricted Data

With genuconnect, introduced in April last year, the German IT security specialist offers a purely software-based remote security solution for laptops or tablets with Microsoft Windows 10. The VPN software client rigorously shields the communication connection between sensitive intra-corporate or authority-internal IT networks and mobile devices and in doing so supports highly secure remote work – on the road, working from home or at external locations.

High-Speed VPN Gateway Supports Georedundancy of Datacenters

In summer 2021, genua launched genuscreen 40G VPN – a high-speed VPN gateway “made in Germany” for interconnecting datacenters. The VPN appliance is designed for the high-performance, encrypted transfer of large quantities of data. With it, datacenter operators can meet the georedundancy requirements stipulated by the German Federal Office for Information Security (BSI) and at the same time protect their digital sovereignty.

Research into Quantum Cryptography and Network Security

At its dedicated department for research and innovation, genua GmbH together with partners from science, research and industry is continuously working on urgent future issues concerning cybersecurity. In 2021, genua focused its research on four projects funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). Key research activities were the “QuaSiModO” project which concerns the analysis and implementation of quantum-resistant algorithms, the “Wintermute” initiative deals with the artificial-intelligence-assisted protection of especially complex networks, and the European “AI-NET-PROTECT” project that focuses on automated resilient networks for the economy and society. In VerSeCloud, the research partners are working on secure hypervisors in the cloud, based on L4 microkernel technology.

BSI Certifies Patch Management for First Time

In March 2021, the BSI for the first time accepted patch management in the certification in accordance with Common Criteria EAL4+ (CC EAL4+). The security component ALC_PAM newly developed by genua protects software updates extremely effectively against infiltration attempts, e.g., by malicious software.

Further Approvals and Certifications by the BSI

In the past year, the vs-diode used for protecting highly confidential communication received approval for the SECRET, NATO SECRET and SECRET UE / EU classification levels. In addition, the VPN software client genuconnect and the high-resistance firewall genugate received approval for the following classification levels: German VS-NfD, RESTREINT UE/EU RESTRICTED and NATO RESTRICTED. The firewall and VPN appliance genuscreen as well as the personal security device genucard received approval from the Council of the European Union.

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About genua

genua GmbH is an enabler of digital transformation. We secure sensitive IT networks in the public and enterprise sectors, for critical infrastructure organizations and in industries with an obligation to maintain secrecy with highly secure and scalable cyber security solutions. In doing so, genua GmbH focuses on the comprehensive protection of networks, communication and internal network security for IT and OT. The range of solutions spans from firewalls and gateways, VPNs, remote maintenance systems, internal network security and cloud security to remote access solutions for mobile employees and home offices.

genua GmbH is part of the Bundesdruckerei Group. With more than 350 employees, it develops and produces IT security solutions exclusively in Germany. Since the founding of the company in 1992, regular certifications and approvals from the German Federal Office for Information Security (BSI) provide proof of the high security and quality standards of the products. Customers include, among others, Arvato Systems, BMW, the German Armed Services, THW as well as the Würth Group.