Clavister signs Distribution Agreement with Defis & Strategies Group for African Market

STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN. 2016-02-17, by Nikolas Georgii

Partnership will position Defis & Strategies Group and Clavister at the forefront in Africa for high-performing and high-quality network security products and solutions, with continent’s cyber-security market set to reach $2.3 billion by 2020.


Clavister, a leader in high performance network security, today announced a distribution agreement with Defis & Strategies Group a leading supplier and consultancy for IT, info-security and telecoms solutions in French speaking West Africa.

Founded in 1998 and working with companies in Burkina Faso, Togo, Senegal, Congo, Cameroon and Ghana, Defis & Strategies has established itself as one of the region’s stronger suppliers of IT solutions.  The region corresponds to close to 20% of the African overall GDP. The company will initially sell and distribute Clavister’s suite of Next Generation Firewalls (NGFW) and gateway security solutions to the market, before expanding to offer the entire portfolio of Clavister solutions.  The partnership will see Clavister initially grow its presence in the west African cyber-security marketplace, the overall African market is expected to grow from $0.92 billion in 2015 to $2.3 billion in 2020, a compounded annual growth rate of 20%.  

"The African continent is currently encountering many security challenges and, as a result, our customers are becoming increasingly security conscious,” commented Mahoula Dosso, Director of Projects and Internal Control for Defis & Strategies, " As a result we are seeing high demand for cyber-security solutions, in particular NGFWs and the quality of the Clavister solution and level of support that they offer really impressed us. We are confident that this partnership will prove to be beneficial for all parties concerned and excited to start delivering Clavister’s solutions to the market.”

Defis & Strategies will incorporate Clavister’s solutions into its existing portfolio of info-security solutions in order to better meet the ever-increasing functionality demands of their customers. The company will also work with existing strategic partner in the Ivory Coast, ELETECH-PRO, a leading consultancy for innovative technology solutions, to deliver Clavister solutions to the market.

"We had recognized that the African cyber-security market is really set to take off in the next five years and had identified that we had to look to increase our presence in the region as soon as possible to position ourselves at the forefront of the market,” commented Stephan Schmidt, Sales Director EMEA for Clavister,"With Defis & Strategies, we have definitely found a partner that matches all of our expectations, and are looking forward to working with them to ensure this partnership is a success."

Clavister’s solutions range from entry level next-generation firewalls (NGFW) in desktop-sized packages, to Virtual Series Gateways that enable the highest levels of throughput, offering six nines (99.9999%) availability for carrier-grade security in the most demanding network environments.  Clavister recently introduced a range of solutions for mobile network operators to secure 4G and LTE networks, enabling mobile network operators to secure their networks against cyberattacks and data interception. 

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About Clavister

Clavister is a leading security provider for fixed, mobile and virtual network environments. Its award-winning solutions give enterprises, cloud service providers and telecoms operators the highest levels of protection against current and new threats, and unmatched reliability.  Clavister’s performance in the security sector was recognised in 2013 with the 2012 Product Quality Leadership Award from Frost & Sullivan.  The company was founded in Sweden in 1997, with its solutions available globally through its network of channel partners.

Clavister is a member of Intel’s Network Builders program (, a cross-industry initiative that enables telcos to build and manage business-critical infrastructures, with lower capital and operating costs. 


About Defis & Strategies

Since its creation in 1998 Defis & Strategies Group has become one of the African leaders in the consulting industry and services to leading companies in a strategy of development and diversification that has combined both internal and external growth.

Defis & Strategies Group has built an international practice of business consulting and solutions integration with high added value through strong partnerships and opening news subsidiaries:

  • Defis & Strategies Burkina Faso
  • Defis & Strategies Togo
  • Defis & Strategies Senegal
  • Defis & Strategies Democratic Republic of Congo
  • Defis & Strategies Cameroon
  • Defis & Strategies Ghana

During its 17 years of existence, Defis & Strategies Group was built and is now recognized as a major consulting firm that support companies in Africa.

With these strengths, the natural partnership with ELETECH-PRO, strategic player in the distribution of innovative technology solutions in IVORY COAST, is part of the dynamics of bringing a new response to the many security challenges on our continent