Macmon Becomes Part of the Global Belden Group
Frankfurt am Main, 27 January 2022. The leading vendor of network access control solutions, macmon secure GmbH (“macmon”), Berlin, announced its acquisition by Belden Inc. ACXIT Capital Partners acted as exclusive financial advisor to macmon and its shareholders in this transaction.
Going forward, macmon will become part of Belden’s Industrial Network Solutions (INS) business led by Brian Lieser, which is part of the Belden Industrial Automation platform. INS is a global organization headquartered in the Stuttgart area of Germany and includes the leading networking and connectivity brands of Hirschmann, ProSoft, OTN Systems and Lumberg Automation. macmon CEO Christian Bücker will lead the business as Business Director for Belden and will continue to drive the progressive development of the company with his 70-strong team.
Christian Bücker, CEO of macmon says: “We have grown dynamically and organically in recent years. Companies of different industries and sizes benefit from our macmon NAC solution. Last year, we were able to take an important strategic step with macmon SDP and now also secure corporate resources in the cloud. We have already carried out over 1,500 installations and achieve a customer satisfaction rate of 95%. When it comes to internationalization however, we have always come up against capacity limits. It is a great opportunity for us, as a member of a global technology group, to be able to market our solutions for secure network management worldwide, and to be able to push our innovations further.”
Belden Inc. also includes Hirschmann, a technology and market leader in industrial networks. Hirschmann offers a complete, integrated infrastructure for data communications. In the run-up to the acquisition, macmon and Hirschmann had already started a large joint project for an American company. It was quickly realized that the combination of their technological expertise is unique in the market and offers excellent synergies and high profitability.
Christian Bücker adds: “Cybersecurity incidents in industrial management systems can be traced back to several vectors, such as system vulnerabilities, gaps in the network architecture, lack of network segmentation and non-secure hardware and software configurations. Here we can offer a strong combination – our network security portfolio including network management coupled with Hirschmann’s Industrial Internet of Things (IIOT) expertise. And, of course, we have been very familiar with Hirschmann switches from daily practice for years.”
Brian Lieser, VP and Managing Director Industrial Network Solutions at Belden, brings solid and proven NAC and SDP solutions into the portfolio with macmon: “We have evaluated the market for security solutions extensively. macmon enjoys an excellent reputation as a reliable and innovative partner. Together, we can offer our global customers an uninterrupted, secure, and scalable network infrastructure. This enables our industrial customers to revolutionize their operations and increase their efficiency, productivity and flexibility. The issue of IT security is of exponentially growing importance.”
Since 2003, the IT experts at macmon have been offering infrastructure manufacturers agnostic solutions that provide instant network transparency to protect heterogeneous networks from unauthorized access. macmon NAC can be implemented quickly and easily, with significant added value for your network security. This makes macmon NAC a key building block for IT security, digitization and mobile office.
With its Zero Trust Network Access strategy, macmon extends its proven and tested protection to all company resources in the cloud. It is the only provider of NAC and SDP with identity and access management that is both: from Germany and hosted in Germany.
Belden Inc. delivers a comprehensive product portfolio designed to meet the mission-critical network infrastructure needs of industrial, enterprise and broadcast markets. With innovative solutions targeted at reliable and secure transmission of rapidly growing amounts of data, audio and video needed for today’s applications, Belden is at the center of the global transformation to a connected world. Founded in 1902, the company is headquartered in St. Louis and has manufacturing capabilities in North and South America, Europe and Asia.
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