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General Dynamics to Acquire Fidelis Security Systems

Defense contractor General Dynamics today said that it would acquire Fidelis Security Systems, a provider of network security tools that provide real-time network visibility, analysis and control.

The terms of the deal have not been disclosed, but the acquisition has been approved by the boards of both companies and is expected to close in the third quarter of 2012.

General Dynamics LogoFidelis Security Systems employs approximately 70 people at locations in Waltham, Mass., and Bethesda, Md.

Fidelis Security Systems' network security solutions help customers stop advanced threats and prevent data breaches by providing visibility into the complex layers of a network, exposing malicious content in real-time.

“These products complement General Dynamics' cyber operations and incident response services, allowing customers to detect, defend and react to cyber threats and network breaches,” the company explained in a statement.

"The acquisition of Fidelis Security Systems allows General Dynamics to continue to deliver relevant and innovative cyber security solutions that help customers maintain the edge to successfully address and respond to dynamic cyber threats," said Lou Von Thaer, president of General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems.

"Being prepared and having the right intelligence and technologies is critical for organizations to mitigate and respond to cyber threats in real time," said Peter George, president and chief executive officer for Fidelis Security Systems. "The combination of Fidelis Security Systems' products and General Dynamics' cyber services and incident response capabilities will strengthen our customers' ability to achieve situational awareness to protect and defend their networks."

Fidelis will become part of Fairfax, Va.-based General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems, a provider of end-to-end intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) solutions.

Early this year, General Dynamics opened a 28,000 square foot Cyber Intelligence and Solutions Center located in Annapolis Junction that houses experts working cyber threat detection and mitigation solutions.