About Balabit

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Balabit is a leading provider of Privileged Access Management (PAM) solutions that monitor and analyze user behavior to mitigate the risk of data breaches through privileged accounts. Our integrated solution neutralizes hacks and offers unprecedented IT oversight by detecting the traits that signify a malicious presence within your network.

Balabit’s fast and forensic solutions are quick to install and deliver results and value within months. Make your business reputation bullet-proof with Balabit.

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History of Balabit

Balabit was founded in 2000 in Budapest, Hungary. After building an open source user base in excess of a million for its log management tool, syslog-ng, the company now has a proven track record in business-grade IT security, with 25 Fortune 100 companies on its roster, more than 1,000,000 corporate users worldwide, and a global presence, with offices across the United States and Europe, alongside a network of reseller partners.

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Executive team

Zoltán Györkő

Co-founder and Group CEO

Co-founder Zoltán was named CEO of Balabit on 1 September 2012, having been a member of the board since the company was founded in 2000.

He has extensive leadership experience, a deep knowledge of the IT security market, and was previously responsible for building Balabit’s global partner network as well as the sales and marketing organization.

Zoltán received the Emerging Entrepreneur Award from E&Y in 2014 for leading one of the most successful and dynamically growing companies in Eastern Europe. The same year he was named Info-communications Manager of the Year (Tibor Gyurós Prize). He studied computer engineering at University of Pannonia, Veszprém.

Balázs Scheidler

Co-founder and CTO

Balázs is a Co-founder and CTO of Balabit, and the inventor of the company’s leading technology products. He has worked in IT security and software engineering for almost two decades.

The initiator of numerous Linux related projects, he is regarded by members of the open source community as an expert, and is regularly invited to present at international events and conferences. His log management creation, syslog-ng, is used in more than a million installations worldwide, including several Linux distributions, and is the default log collection tool in Amazon’s Kindle Fire and BMW’s i3 All-Electric Vehicles.

Balázs was named the Info-communications Manager of the Year (Tibor Gyurós Prize) in 2011. In 2012 he received the László Kalmár Prize from the John Neumann Computer Society for his notable contributions to computer usability and science. He earned a degree in computer engineering from University of Pannonia, Veszprém.

Endre Wagner

Co-founder and Senior Vice President Of Services

Endre is a Co-founder and Senior Vice President of Services at Balabit. He is responsible for Balabit’s professional services, IT, security, and support teams. He also holds the Chairman position at EULMT.

Endre has 20 years of experience in IT security. Prior to joining Balabit, he worked for Magyar Telekom and was responsible for setting up its national inquiry system and building network security infrastructure. During his years at Balabit, he’s been involved in, and provided expertise for, several major projects, including the set up of VPN architecture at K&H Bank and the creation of perimeter security for NISZ ( National Infocommunications Service Company).

Endre graduated from University of Pannonia, Veszprém with Master’s degree in Information Science.


Matthew Ravden

Chief Marketing Officer

Matthew joined Balabit in 2016 as CMO. He is responsible for executing Balabit’s global marketing strategy.

Matthew spent the first part of his career as a communications consultant after joining B2B tech agency Text 100. He then went on to found Bite in 1995 and returned to Text 100 to build out the agency’s Asia Pac business, based out of Sydney. During that time, he worked on most of the group’s marquee tech clients, including Microsoft, HP, Apple, Oracle, IBM and Intel.

Prior to joining Balabit, Matthew worked as Chief Strategy Officer at fast-growth cloud start-up Mimecast, in 2012, overseeing global marketing, including internal and external comms, inbound marketing and lead generation, web and digital marketing, analyst relations and product marketing.

Peter O’Neill

Senior Vice President Of Sales

Peter heads up the global sales team at Balabit, as Senior Vice President of Sales.

Balabit is the fourth VC-backed European start-up company Peter has been involved in over the past 16 years. As SVP of Sales at Searchspace, a London-based anti-money laundering software business, he saw bookings increase from £2M to more than £50M over a five year period, before a successful exit was achieved when the company was purchased by Warburg Pincus.

Peter’s early career was spent with General Electric Information Services and Hewlett Packard. He later spent a very successful nine years with Sequent Computer Systems, where he last served as SVP of WW Field Operations in Portland, Oregon. Following his return to the UK, he became a Partner at KPMG Consulting before moving into the start-up market. Peter holds an honours degree in physics from the University of Aston.

László Szakál

Chief Financial Officer

László, Chief Financial Officer, has more than 20 years of experience in financial and taxation matters as well as transactional issues.

He spent most of his professional career at EY as a tax partner, serving customers from various industry sectors in Hungary and abroad. In addition to his financial and tax professional experience, he also gained significant experience in management issues and strategic planning.

Prior to joining Balabit, he served as a partner at Deloitte Central Europe and was member of their Hungarian management team.

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