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General Dynamics Acquires Open Kernel Labs

Defense contractor General Dynamics announced this week that it has acquired Open Kernel Labs, Inc. (OK Labs), a provider of software used to secure wireless communications, applications and content for mobile devices and automotive in-vehicle infotainment systems.

The company says the acquisition will expand its capabilities in securing mobile devices for public safety, civilian, military and commercial customers as well as in-vehicle infotainment systems used in cars.

Chicago-based OK Labs will become part of General Dynamics Broadband, a subsidiary of General Dynamics C4 Systems.

Using virtualization technology, OK Labs’ solutions supports “bring-your-own-device” environments, letting smartphones and other mobile devices to be securely used for personal and business use simultaneously.

“Government and corporate CIOs want the advantages of today’s commercial mobile devices without having to sacrifice the integrity and security of their networks,” said Chris Marzilli, president of General Dynamics C4 Systems. “OK Labs’ market-leading expertise in implementing security on commercial devices delivers ease of use and reduced cost to customers.”

OK Labs’ already has its software deployed on more than 1.6 billion government and commercial devices worldwide, General Dynamics said.

Additionally, the company offers solutions catered to developers to help make it easier to design, deploy, and maintain software for these platforms.

The value of the all cash transaction was not disclosed.

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For more than 10 years, Mike Lennon has been closely monitoring the threat landscape and analyzing trends in the National Security and enterprise cybersecurity space. In his role at SecurityWeek, he oversees the editorial direction of the publication and is the Director of several leading security industry conferences around the world.