Help/Systems to acquire Clearswift

Johannesburg, 09 Dec 2019

SPI, the African distributor for utility software products and services to the Open Systems segment of the IT industry and the sole sub-Saharan Africa distributor for Help/Systems, today announced the latter will acquire Clearswift, a UK-based content threat protection software company.

Clearswift’s award-winning deep content inspection capability enables information to be scanned as it enters or leaves the organisation, allowing sensitive data to be securely transmitted via e-mail, or other Web-based methods. Clearswift technology gives teams the freedom to do their jobs in a secure and collaborative way.

Clearswift’s success is driven by its ability to embed its adaptive data loss prevention technology within its solutions, enhancing security effectiveness, and lowering the risk of business interruption. This comprehensive approach empowers organisations to gain visibility and control of their critical information as it’s processed and shared through digital collaboration channels.

Clearswift has experienced growth over the past few years by delivering valuable solutions and strong customer support as directed by its departing CEO, Heath Davies.

“The Clearswift solutions, and the talented team that supports them, strengthen HelpSystems’ growing cyber security business,” commented Kate Bolseth, CEO, HelpSystems. “The addition of the Clearswift solutions to the HelpSystems portfolio will provide customers an expanded set of cyber security options that protect critical data and enable compliance with industry mandates such as PCI, GDPR and HIPAA and help them stay on top of the shifting cyber security environment.”

The content threat protection market is being driven by increasing internal and external threats as well as increased regulations within Critical National Infrastructure verticals such as national defence, emergency services, finance, government, healthcare and utilities. More than 1 700 organisations in more than 70 countries rely on Clearswift to protect critical information.

“Clearswift’s unique product strengths are critical cornerstones of the overall cyber security strategies for its customers and are often used together with other cyber security solutions,” added Ciaran Rafferty, Managing Director, Clearswift. “We are confident we have found the perfect home for Clearswift and believe HelpSystems will continue to drive the products and business forward.”

For further information, please contact Chris Anderson at tel. +27 11 234 1560; fax +27 11 234 1387; e-mail



Clearswift is trusted by organisations across the globe for advanced content threat protection and the highest level of defence against breaches through today’s digital communication channels. Clearswift technology supports a straightforward and ‘adaptive’ data loss prevention solution that gives teams the freedom to securely collaborate, whilst providing information security personnel with visibility and control of sensitive information flow.


HelpSystems aligns IT and business goals to help organisations build a competitive edge. Our software and services monitor and automate processes, encrypt and secure data, and provide easy access to the information people need. More than 10,000 organisations around the world rely on HelpSystems to make IT lives easier and keep business running smoothly.


SPI is a company that provides utility software products and services to the Open Systems segment of the IT industry. It is the sole sub-Saharan Africa distributor for USA-based Innovative Routines; USA-based Help/Systems; USA-based Linoma Software; France-based Esker; and; UK-based Xi Software. SPI also develops some of its own software utilities to complement the overseas products that it distributes.

SPI has a wide and varied customer base and includes organisations such as Aspen Pharmacare, Johannesburg Municipality, University of Johannesburg, MMI Holdings, Nampak, National Brands, Stellenbosch University and UNISA.

Editorial contacts

Paul Booth
Global Research Partners
(+44) 74700 33126
Chris Anderson
SPI Group
(+27) 11 234 1560