The Search Guard mission

We shape IT security and Open Source business models, driven by our core values.

Security first!


Search Guard always follows a Security First approach. This mantra drives many of our technical and business decisions, and our top priority is to provide you with the best security solution for Elasticsearch out there.

Open Source


Security-related software has to be Open Source by definition. Since it is such a crucial and sensitive part of your infrastructure, you need to be able to inspect, audit and compile the code yourself. The complete code of Search Guard has always been openly available, and will always be.

No-nonsense IT


We always strive to provide you with the best solution for your requirements. Our licensing model is fair and simple. We listen to your feature requests and provide you with custom solutions and integrations. We are your partner on the way to security and compliance.


Management team

Claudia Kressin

Founder & CEO

Jochen Kressin

Founder & CEO

Hendrik Saly


Mechthild Wetekam



Thomas Mahler

Head of Sales and Marketing

Ever since we began developing of Search Guard, our principles and values have enabled us to serve our customers in one of the most important and fastest-paced tech environments.

The Search Guard journey

Fall/Winter 2018/2019
Releasing some Search Guard 6.5.x
Hendrik Saly joins for product development as CTO of floragunn GmbH
Speaking at Bordeaux BBoost Open source International Convention
IBM  #StoredIQ using Search Guard to secure the Elasticsearch #cluster
New integrator: NetEye, a monitoring solution software from Würth Phoenix
Meeting Chris Rock, CEO of our partner @_SIEMonster, in NYC!

Spring/Summer 2018
Search Guard 6.4  released.
Great Search Guard business week in Mexico with interviews to CIOMexico and other fachmagazine
Search Guard adds SAML and OpenID Connect support for Kibana
By default, the IBM Cloud Private ELK stack uses Search Guard to provide PKI
Our Search Guard Compliance Edition is available now
Search Guard achieves CA Veracode Verified Status
KubeDB uses Search Guard to secure production-grade elasticsearch databases
RSA conference in San Francisco
Search Guard is now officially IT Security made in Germany
Now added jwks support
At the IT FOR BUSINESS , elasticON in SF Paris #STATIONF and Bordeaux
Released TLS tool to come to the rescue! Configure, run, move to production

Fall/Winter 2017/2018
Our new documentation became available at
Search Guard 6 was officially released, together with the Search Guard Kibana Configuration GUI
Official Cross Cluster Search support
IBM Spectrum Conductor with Spark includes Search Guard for securing the Elastic stack
We announced the first technical preview of Search Guard compliance module
Our TLS tool to generate production-ready certificates became available

Spring/Summer 2017
We attended the Big Data conference in Paris with our friends from Excelerate Systems and Siren
We got 1111 stars on and celebrated it very very gratefully. Thank you all!

Fall/Winter 2016/2017
Tribenode users: Search Guard gained official support for this Elasticsearch feature!
We released the Search Guard REST management API
The TLS online generator was released which helps you create certificates online
We got 666 stars from you on, awesome!
Search Guard 5 was officially released
First glimpse of Search Guard’s new Kibana plugin.
Release of the new Audit logging module.

Spring/Summer 2016
We launched our new website and provided the first Search Guard roadmap
Our official documentation came out
The new enterprise modules JWT, LDAP, Active Directory, Kerberos, and DLS/FLS became available
17th of June: Search Guard 2 was officially released. The mission starts!

Winter 2015/2016
Search Guard SSL for Elasticsearch 2.2.0 was officially released.

Spring/Summer 2015
Search Guard 1.x for Elasticsearch 1.x released on GitHub

Winter 2014/2015
Work on Search Guard, called Elastic Defender back then, started

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Company information

floragunn GmbH
Tempelhofer Ufer 16
10963 Berlin

Amtsgericht Charlottenburg
HRB 147010
USt-IdNr.: DE287373363

floragunn GmbH is not affiliated with Elasticsearch BV.
Search Guard is a trademark of floragunn GmbH, registered in the U.S. and in other countries.
Elasticsearch, Kibana, Logstash, and Beats are trademarks of Elasticsearch BV, registered in the U.S. and in other countries.