Communications company Harris Corp to acquire IT compliance organisation

SignaCert will enable Harris to expand cyber offerings for institutional customers.

Harris, a communications and information technology company, has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire privately held SignaCert, in a move to expand its position as a provider of cyber offerings for government and commercial customers.

Founded in 2004, SignaCert is a provider of IT compliance offerings that form the foundation for software supply chain assurance. Its offerings combine change detection capabilities with custom and commercial software whitelists.

Starnes, SignaCert's CEO and a 36-year information technology security and compliance veteran, will assume the newly created position of vice president and chief technology officer for Harris Cyber Integrated Solutions, reporting to Meyerrose.

Dale Meyerrose, vice president and general manager of Harris Cyber Integrated Solutions, said: "This acquisition will expand our presence in the growing $10bn cyber solutions market. Acquiring SignaCert will strengthen our cyber leadership team, and bring discriminating technology to our cyber portfolio.

"Harris will be better positioned to provide trusted, comprehensive solutions that address the national priority of enhancing critical cyber infrastructure."

In 2009, Harris has acquired privately held Crucial Security, which offers an array of engineering offerings that address IT security challenges. The business provides support to federal law enforcement and other US government agencies.

The acquisition of SignaCert is subject to customary closing conditions and is expected to close later this month.