IBM Acquisition to Expand Public Sector Services Business

IBM has agreed to buy National Interest Security Company (NISC) to bolster its ability to offer services to the public sector. The deal is expected to be finalized in the first quarter.

IBM today announced it has agreed to acquire National Interest Security Company, LLC (NISC) to bolster its advanced analytics business as it takes aim at the public sector.

The financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. However, NISC's bread and butter is providing IT, information management and management and technology consulting services for the U.S. Department of Defense, Homeland Security, the energy sector and federal health agencies.

" IBM's analytic and innovation prowess, combined with NISC's industry knowledge and depth of experience in defense, healthcare, energy, and infrastructure management services, will allow us to deliver an unprecedented level of service and support to our growing list of government clients," said Chuck Prow, managing partner, public sector, IBMGlobal Business Services, in a statement.

According to IBM, NISC's expertise will complement IBM's current public sector offerings as well as the recently launched Business Analytics and Optimization (BAO) Services for Public Sector, which works with government agencies using advanced analytics to improve the speed and quality of their decision making.

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.

"In building NISC we had two primary objectives; to provide our customers with the highest quality, effective solutions and to provide our employees with the opportunity to do meaningful work with multiple paths for professional development," said Thomas J. Campbell, chairman of NISC, in a statement. "NISC's unique capabilities, long-standing customer relationships, exceptional employees, and differentiated solutions will be a strong fit with IBM."

The agreement includes the acquisition of NISC-affiliate Technology and Management Services, Inc. The deal is expected to be finalized in the first quarter of 2010, and is slated to be integrated into IBM's Global Business Services consulting unit.