G Data CyberDefense

G Data CyberDefense AG (until September 2019 G Data Software AG[2][3]) is a German software company that focuses on computer security. The company was founded in 1985 and is headquartered in Bochum. They are known for being the creators of the world's first antivirus software.[4] G Data use multiple scanning engines; one is developed in-house and the other is the Bitdefender engine. G Data provides several security products that are targeted at home and business markets. The company has a North American subsidiary located in Newark, Delaware.[5]

G DATA CyberDefense AG
IndustryComputer software
Key people
Kai Figge
Andreas Lüning
ProductsAntivirus software
Revenue€42 million(2017)
Number of employees
500 [1]


G Data was founded in Bochum, Germany in 1985. The company introduced its first computer security product Anti-Virus Kit (AVK) in 1988 for Atari ST.[6]

Beside focus on the security market, G Data also created software for voice recognition (Invox)[7] and speech synthesis (Logox).[8]

G Data computer security products use two scan-engines, originally by Avast and Bitdefender.[9] The 2014 release introduced their own scan-engine (CloseGap), which replaced Avast.[10] However, the upgrade to new version was not painless, as users of weaker computers experienced system slowdowns. The company promptly solved this issue by an update.[11]

In September 2015, G Data launched a new messaging app called Secure Chat which used the Signal Protocol.[12] The application was based on a fork of Signal and its source code was published under the GPLv3 license.[13] G Data discontinued the service in May 2018.[14]


Some of the features that G Data's solutions[which?] support are:[15]


  • Home Security
  • AntiVirus
  • InternetSecurity
  • TotalSecurity
  • AntiVirus for Mac
  • Business Security
  • AntiVirus Business
  • AntiVirus Enterprise
  • ClientSecurity Business
  • ClientSecurity Enterprise
  • EndpointProtection Business
  • EndpointProtection Enterprise
  • MailSecurity
  • PatchManagement
  • Mobile Security

Awards and testsEdit

  • av-comparatives.org
  • Gold award for highest detection rate of products tested (99.7%)[17]
  • Gold award for highest proactive detection rate of new/unknown malware (~61%, with 20 false positives)[18]
  • IPACSO Innovation Framework for ICT-Security
  • Innovative Cyber Security Company[19]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ IT-Sicherheit vom Erfinder des Antivirus G DATA CyberDefense
  2. ^ G. DATA (2019-09-30). "CyberDefense - Made in Germany: G DATA ab sofort mit neuem Namen" (in German).
  3. ^ "Handelsregisterauszug von G DATA Software AG aus Bochum (HRB 6886)".
  4. ^ Popiolek, Hubert; Dewitz, Dany (22 May 2015). "Virenschutz made in Germany: Das steht hinter G Data". Computer Bild (in German). Retrieved 14 June 2017.
  5. ^ "About G Data". Retrieved 22 May 2021.
  6. ^ Mortimer, Stephen (May 1990). "News, Notes & Quotes: Stay Virus Free". START. Vol. 4 no. 10. Antic Publishing. p. 20. ISSN 0889-6216.
  7. ^ "Spracherkennung". Neues Deutschland (in German). 30 September 1997. Retrieved 14 June 2017.
  8. ^ Freisberg, Alexander (30 May 2002). "Sprach-Software wird zur wichtigsten Schnittstelle". Handelsblatt (in German). Retrieved 14 June 2017.
  9. ^ Himmelein, Gerald (15 February 2013). "Virenschutz von G Data künftig mit eigener Engine". heise.de (in German). Retrieved 14 June 2017.
  10. ^ Pakalski, Ingo (7 March 2013). "G Data bringt Virenscanner mit eigener Scan-Engine". golem.de (in German). Retrieved 14 June 2017.
  11. ^ Himmelein, Gerald (4 June 2013). "G Data: 2014-Update legt Rechner lahm". heise.de (in German). Retrieved 14 June 2017.
  12. ^ Seals, Tara (17 September 2015). "G DATA Adds Encryption for Secure Mobile Chat". Infosecurity Magazine. Reed Exhibitions Ltd. Retrieved 14 July 2016.
  13. ^ "SecureChat". GitHub. G Data. Retrieved 14 July 2016.
  14. ^ "G DATA Secure Chat wird eingestellt" (in German). G DATA Software AG. 18 May 2018. Retrieved 26 April 2019.
  15. ^ "Product Information Page". Retrieved 20 November 2014.
  16. ^ "G Data Bankguard Makes Online Banking Safe". Retrieved 20 November 2014.
  17. ^ "Summary Report 2010" (PDF). av-comparatives.org. Retrieved 26 February 2011.
  18. ^ "Summary Report 2010" (PDF). av-comparatives.org. Retrieved 26 February 2011.
  19. ^ "IPACSO Innovation Awards 2014". ipacso.eu. Retrieved 21 November 2014.