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CSC acquires ITS

Computer Sciences Corp. has acquired Information Technology Solutions Inc., an $88 million information technology services company based in Hampton, Va., that does business with the Defense Department and several civilian agencies.

ITS specializes in information systems integration, training and training support, logistics operations and automated systems. Its primary federal customers are the Army and the Navy.

ITS will be managed by CSC's federal operations group, CSC said.

Cylink divests wireless division

Cylink Corp. announced last month that it will sell its Wireless Communications Division to P-Com Inc. for $60 million. Cylink plans to focus solely on its Information Security Division.

The company plans to sell the 8-year-old division, which accounted for 39 percent of the company's $80 million in total revenue in 1997, to Campbell, Calif.-based P-Com, which develops, manufactures and markets network access systems for the worldwide wireless telecommunications market. The acquisition is subject to the Justice Department's approval.

The division accounted for only a small fraction of the company's federal government work. Most of Cylink's federal business is generated in its Information Security Division, which reported a 91 percent increase in revenue last year, according to a company spokeswoman.

Cylink plans to focus exclusively on its Internet and remote-access security solutions, wide-area network encryptors and security management software, according to officials.

WatchGuard offers product on GSA contract

WatchGuard Technologies Inc. has partnered with Government Micro Resources Inc. to offer its WatchGuard Security System to federal agencies via a General Services Administration schedule contract.

At the core of the WatchGuard Security System is a plug-and-play Firebox, whose three-port design enables agencies to manage access between the Internet, the trusted network and openly accessible public networks.

The Firebox contains a firewall, 128-bit encryption, user authentication, Virtual Private Networking functionality and point-and-click network security management.

Once security has been established at all network locations, protection can then be extended to branch offices by adding WatchGuard's high-speed branch office VPN module to each Firebox.

Prosoft launches fed division

Prosoft I-Net Solutions, an Internet and intranet training company, has announced the formation of a new federal division housed in Vienna, Va., that is dedicated to agency employee information technology training.

Prosoft is offering its training services in World Wide Web design, development and administration as well as electronic commerce, networking and information security via a new General Services Administration contract and through the National Institutes of Health's Electronic Computer Store II contract.

The company provides instructor-led training as well as self-paced computer-based training and online interactive courseware that can be delivered over networks, including the Internet and intranets.

Tivoli integrates security features with CheckPoint

Tivoli Systems Inc. announced last month that it would integrate its enterprise console and distributed monitoring products with CheckPoint Software Technologies' CheckPoint Firewall-1 enterprise security solutions.

The integration of Firewall-1 with Tivoli's products is designed to automate security tasks to enable users to ensure more consistent execution of security processes and to customize these processes, according to officials. This new system is also designed to alert users when illegal entry attempts are made to computer systems

In addition, the pairing of the products will allow network administrators to investigate and halt these attempt before they go beyond the firewall, according to company officials.

Tying the products together also will provide intelligent correlation of security events on the firewall with events on distributed servers and other information technology assets, officials said.

- Compiled by Heather Harreld

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