SAIC adds CloudShield to intell and information systems unit

Acquisition will add deep packet inspection platform and applications

Science Applications International Corp. is acquiring CloudShield Technologies Inc., a cybersecurity and management solutions provider in Sunnyvale, Calif. The financial terms of the acquisition were not reported.

Founded in 2000, CloudShield provides services management and infrastructure security solutions to service providers and national governments worldwide, an SAIC announcement issued today said.

The company’s deep packet inspection (DPI) platform and applications enable customers to inspect, analyze and control all network traffic, helping lower costs, secure infrastructure and generate new revenue streams, the company said. The platform is comprised of computer hardware, secure operating systems, application development environments and numerous deployed applications.

The acquisition will enhance SAIC’s cybersecurity offering, and help the company bring to market DPI solutions for high-speed federal government networks, enabling it to meet emerging customer requirements in and commercial markets, according to the announcement.

CloudShield will join SAIC’s Intelligence and Information Solutions Business Unit, which is part of the Intelligence, Security and Technology Group led by Stu Shea.

“This acquisition is an integral component of our enterprise cyber strategy and provides us with technology to help build a solid foundation for the development of solution-focused applications,” Shea said in the statement.

The acquisition is expected to close by mid-February, subject to customary conditions, SAIC said.

SAIC, of San Diego, ranks No. 7 on Washington Technology’s 2009 Top 100 list of the largest federal government prime contractors.

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David Hubler is the former print managing editor for GCN and senior editor for Washington Technology. He is freelance writer living in Annandale, Va.

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