IBM to acquire National Interest Security

IBM has signed a definitive agreement to acquire intelligence technology firm National Interest Secu

IBM said that the combined offerings will enable it to expand its capabilities with federal, state and local government entities in the areas of defence, healthcare, energy, logistics and security. NISC's expertise will complement IBM's existing public sector offerings and the recently launched Business Analytics and Optimization (BAO) Services for public sector.

Chuck Prow, managing partner of public sector at IBM Global Business Services, said: "IBM's analytic and innovation prowess, combined with NISC's industry knowledge and depth of experience in defense, healthcare, energy, and infrastructure management services, will allow us to deliver an unprecedented level of service and support to our growing list of government clients."

NISC's expertise includes systems engineering, biometrics, systems integration, software development, security, analysis support and critical infrastructure protection.

The agreement includes acquisition of NISC affiliate Technology and Management Services. On closing of the transaction, which is expected in the first quarter of 2010, NISC will be integrated into the company's global business services consulting unit.

Andrew Maner, chief executive officer of NISC, said: "NISC's high-end, differentiated approach combined with IBM's Analytics Centre will help federal agencies improve current mission effectiveness and create new capabilities. We look forward to contributing to its BAO services unit and believe IBM's world-class technology resources will significantly enhance our ability to dramatically impact the performance of our customers."