Friday, July 9, 2010

Boeing Buys Firm To Boost Cybersecurity Business

Aviation Week
Jul 8, 2010

By Neelam Mathews

Boeing’s agreement to acquire Sunnyvale, Calif.- based Narus, a cyber-security leader in real-time traffic intelligence for large IP networks, is expected to further boost the company’s business in India.

Narus’ India office, based in Bengaluru (formerly Bangalore), represents more than 50% of its global workforce of around 150. Last September, the company was looking at adding large numbers of experienced software engineers.

Narus is a software company whose real-time traffic intelligence and analytics technologies enable customers to identify and act on anomalous traffic on their network.

India is no stranger to cyber security threats. “The [Indian] government will be interested now that technology comes with it. We will see how to market this technology,” says Dinesh Keskar, president of Boeing India.

Confident that reform of export controls will be in the offing by the time President Barack Obama visits India in November, “we will decide the next step,” Keskar adds.

“We have an edge as we now have an [extended] network to support cyber-activities. With this acquisition, we have further diversified and strengthened our portfolio here, which makes this yet another milestone in Boeing’s deepening engagement in India,” Keskar says.

Narus’ network-centric technology will be applied to Boeing’s smart grid energy work, the secure networking of Boeing’s ground, air and space products, and the defense of the Boeing network.

“Our team is dedicated to meeting the Indian government’s requirements for visibility of IP traffic across networks that span the country,” says Yogi Mistry, senior VP of Narus Worldwide Engineering.

The acquisition follows a successful partnership between the two companies and advances Boeing’s strategy to offer scalable, state-of-the-art cybersecurity solutions.

“We found Narus has multiple products and provides technology and software for the integrity of IP networks. Narus cyber protection solutions, traffic management and intercept solutions will be an additional suite to our systems,” Keskar says.

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