RDIF invests in InfoWatch owned by Natalya Kaspersky

Press release, 30.03.2017

Moscow, 30 March 2017 — The Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) announces an investment in InfoWatch group, the Russian leader in corporate information security. InfoWatch specializes in identifying internal threats and protecting information, as well as identifying and preventing targeted external attacks. RDIF will hold a minority equity stake in the Russian assets of InfoWatch group, which comprises such brands as InfoWatch, Cezurity, Taiga and Attack Killer.

RDIF funds will be used to increase the company’s export potential and localize products and solutions that ensure information security for companies in the foreign markets. The investments will also be employed to open the company’s offices in its key sales markets, including the Middle East and Southeast Asia. At present, InfoWatch products are already being distributed in Western Europe, Middle East, India and Southeast Asia.

InfoWatch is among the few Russian companies on international information technology consultancy Gartner’s Magic Quadrant global list, which features global leaders in the area of data loss prevention. InfoWatch has been recognized by Gartner analysts as the leading Russian DLP vendor for several years.

The RDIF investment in InfoWatch is carried out within the framework of the Investment Lift mechanism. It is designed to support medium-sized non-resource companies operating in the high-tech sector that have significant export potential.

Kirill Dmitriev, CEO of the Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF), noted:
“InfoWatch group is already the Russian leader for corporate solutions in the field of information security, and it has significant growth potential abroad. We like the company’s growth dynamics, its financial performance, technological expertise, and competitiveness of its solutions, as well as the high quality of its people. RDIF investments will allow InfoWatch to expand its international presence, as well as strengthen its positions in the foreign markets where it already operates.”

Natalya Kaspersky, CEO of InfoWatch Group, said:
“We consider the RDIF investment as an opportunity to develop our business on the global market using the financial and non-financial support available as part of the Investment Lift mechanism. Over the past decade, InfoWatch has grown from a start-up into a global company valued at more than $100 million. To maintain this growth rate, we need to expand our presence on the global DLP-system market. The market will face certain diversification, as today there are only a few countries in the group of global leaders, and such monopoly always carries risks for consumers.”

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Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) is Russia's sovereign wealth fund established in 2011 to make equity co-investments, primarily in Russia, alongside reputable international financial and strategic investors. RDIF acts as a catalyst for direct investment in the Russian economy. RDIF’s management company is based in Moscow. Further information can be found at www.rdif.ru

InfoWatch Group is a Russian developer of integrated solutions that ensure information security of organizations. The company’s product portfolio offers effective solutions to protect businesses from internal and external threats.
The company was founded by Natalya Kaspersky in 2003 and is a pioneer on the Russian DLP market. InfoWatch became an independent organization in 2007 and today unites such brands as InfoWatch, Kribrum, Attack Killer, EgoSecure, Appercut, Cezurity and Taiga.
The group has a diversified customer base of more than 1,000 organizations, including leading banks, Russian telecommunications operators, manufacturing companies, retail chains, utility companies and government institutions. The customers include: Sberbank, Bank of Moscow, Raiffeisenbank, MTS, Beeline, VGTRK, Lukoil, Transneft, NOVATEK, Magnit, Dixie, Sukhoi, Rostekh, Ministry of Defense, Ministry of Finance, Federal Tax Service.
InfoWatch launched operations on the international market in 2011. Among current international clients are the Central Bank of Bahrain, the First Energy Bank of Bahrain, Gateway Rail (India), Petrochem (UAE), and the Ministry of Education of Greece.
The company permanently increases the sales of its products and solutions, being the leader in the DLP market of Russia and CIS countries. https://www.infowatch.ru/

Investment Lift mechanism — a program to promote the accelerated development of medium-sized non-oil companies with export potential, or the potential for import substitution. The program is aimed at removing restrictions and ensuring a dynamic business growth. It is intended to increase the share of exports in the revenues of prospective Russian companies and reduce the dependence of the Russian market on imports of foreign products and services.

For additional information contact:
Maria Medvedeva
Russian Direct Investment Fund
Director of External Communications
Tel: +7 495 644 34 14, ext. 2141
Mobile: +7 964 726 17 73
E-mail: mm@rdif.ru

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