Bern (CH), Theale (UK); 20.12.2016. The RUAG Defence division is acquiring the British Cyber Security specialist Clearswift. With this acquisition, RUAG is making a significant investment in the expansion and long-term development of its cybersecurity business. Clearswift's leading products will be a significant addition to the RUAG Defence Cyber Security business unit. As previously announced, the business unit will be headed by cybersecurity expert Dietmar Thelen as of 1 January 2017.
“The acquisition of Clearswift ideally complements our existing portfolio of products and services. By combining our expertise in network defense with Clearswift’s data loss prevention and gateway solutions we will further boost our efforts to make RUAG Defence one of the leading cybersecurity specialists”, emphasizes Dr. Markus A. Zoller, CEO of the RUAG Defence division. “We are aiming to become a principal solution and service provider for organizations of all sizes and across all verticals, including local and national government organizations, financial institutions and critical infrastructure providers. Clearswift’s global partner network and customer base in conjunction with its analyst-recognized solutions will play a key role in the growth of the RUAG Defence cybersecurity business unit.”
“I am confident that our expertise, together with the existing service and product offering, will augment the RUAG portfolio and drive further innovation”, says Clearswift CEO Heath Davies. Clearswift specializes in information security, offering companies around the world adaptive cybersecurity solutions for the effective protection of business-critical information against internal and external threats. It enables its clients to have secure continuous collaboration across email, web and the endpoint through its Adaptive Data Loss Prevention product suite. In the current year Clearswift is expected to generate over GBP 23 million in revenues with its 140 employees.
The RUAG Defence division had already announced in September 2016 that it was speeding up the expansion of its Cyber Security business unit and investing multiple millions of Swiss francs over the next few years. The acquisition of Clearswift and the establishment of a separate Cyber Security business unit represents another decisive step to becoming leaders in this area. The internationally experienced manager and cybersecurity expert Dietmar Thelen has been appointed to head the new business unit as of 1 January 2017.
The parties have agreed to keep the purchase price confidential. The transaction is subject to regulatory approval in certain jurisdictions. A decision by regulatory bodies is expected within Q1 2017.
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