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IBM to Acquire National Interest Security Company

IBM announced today that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire National Interest Security Company, LLC (NISC), a security and analytics consultancy based in Fairfax, Virginia that delivers advanced analytics and IT solutions to the public sector (national defense and security agencies in particular).  Upon closing of the deal, NISC will join IBM GBS's Business Analytics and Optimization business unit.

From the press release:

NISC’s expertise includes systems engineering, biometrics, document and media exploitation, systems integration, software development, enterprise architecture, security, information assurance, analysis support and critical infrastructure protection....

“NISC’s high-end, differentiated approach combined with IBM’s Analytics Center will help federal agencies improve current mission effectiveness and create new capabilities,” said Andrew Maner, Chief Executive Officer of NISC.  “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.” 

PC Week, in covering the announcement, highlights a bit more about NISC:
NISC itself has grown through acquisition. In 2008, it bought consultancy Multi-Threaded, which specialized in helping intelligence officials process data gathered during operations.

NISC appears to have deep ties in the U.S. defense and security community. Jose Rodriguez, a former head of the Central Intelligence Agency's national clandestine service, joined the company in 2008, and its board members include former CIA director Michael Hayden, a retired U.S. Air Force general.