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BalaBit S.à.r.l.
Industry Computer networking
Founded Budapest, Hungary (2000)
Area served
Key people
Zoltán Györkő (CEO)
Number of employees
160 (2014)

BalaBit, founded in 2000, is a software company specializing in the development of IT security systems and related services.


BalaBit was founded in 2000 by six Hungarian individuals, including Zoltán Györkő (CEO) and Balázs Scheidler (Development Director) to develop an advanced, application layer firewall suite called Zorp. After becaming the leading firewall solution in Hungary in 2004 according to IDC, BalaBit started to develop additional products (Shell Control Box and syslog-ng) and exhibiting at various international trade shows.

In June 2014, BalaBit announced it had successfully raised USD 8 million from London-based C5 Capital. The investment was intended to finance the company's expansion in the US, UK and Scandinavian markets. The transaction would also see BalaBit be moved under a Luxembourg-based holding company.[1]


Today BalaBit – headquartered in Luxembourg – is a European IT security innovator, specialized in advanced monitoring technologies.[citation needed] It has sales offices in France, Germany, Hungary, Russia, in the UK and the United States and partners in 40+ countries.[2] The main development centers are based in Hungary. BalaBit has customers all over the world including 23 percent of the Fortune 100 companies.[citation needed] The company is widely known[citation needed] for syslog-ng, its open source log management solution, used by more than a million companies worldwide.[citation needed]

BalaBit also maintains technology partnerships with best-of-breed security software vendors including Citrix, Lieberman Software,[3] RSA,[4] Thycotic, VMware[5] and many more.


Shell Control Box[edit]

Shell Control Box (SCB) is an administration protocol inspection tool (appliance), which can be used as to control and audit remote system access. It can record and replay the activities of the administrators who manage servers remotely via the SSH, RDP, Telnet, ICA, VNC, HTTP and HTTPS protocols.

syslog-ng OSE/PE[edit]

syslog-ng is one of the most advanced and most popular syslog servers for various UNIX and UNIX-like systems.[6] [7] BalaBit provides different editions of syslog-ng: the free OSE edition under the GPL license and the commercial Premium Edition (PE) under a proprietary license. Commercial support is available for both editions.

syslog-ng Store Box[edit]

syslog-ng store box (SSB) is a logserver appliance based on syslog-ng with features of log collection, relaying, log routing, log tagging and classification or performing Artificial Ignorance.

Zorp GPL/Professional[edit]

Zorp indicates a new stage in firewall development which contrasts with traditional technology: full application level filtering, modularity[citation needed], flexibility[citation needed], reliability[citation needed] and high performance.[citation needed] Zorp offers solutions for administrators for problems they have to face daily when implementing perimeter defense. Zorp has a free version available under GPL, as well as a commercial version.


BalaBit got DIN EN ISO 9001:2008 certified in 2005.[citation needed]


In 2009 BalaBit received the Deloitte Fast 500 EMEA,[8] and Technology Fast 50 Central Europe awards.