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Anteon acquires Techmatics

Anteon Corp., a Fairfax, Va.-based engineering and services company, has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Techmatics Inc., another services firm that is based in Fairfax and that works with federal and commercial customers, the two companies announced last week.

Techmatics focuses primarily on the Defense market, with a large concentration in the Navy. Among other proj-ects, the company has conducted local-area network configuration and administration for training aboard 23 Aegis-class ships as a subcontractor to Lockheed Martin Government Electronic Systems.

Techmatics also has done work at the Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Postal Service.

The company, which has 15 offices nationwide and about 800 employees, expects $70 million in revenue for fiscal 1998.GTSI elects Young as chairman

Government Technology Services Inc. today announced that Lawrence J. Shoenberg resigned as the company's chairman of the board last week and that the board had elected Dendy Young, GTSI's president and chief information officer, as his replacement.

Shoenberg, who has served as chairman since 1995, will remain on the board as chairman emeritus, according to GTSI. He has been a member of the board since 1990.

Vanstar names VP for federal programs

Vanstar Government Systems Inc., Fairfax, Va., last week announced that H. Christopher Darling has been named vice president of federal programs.

Darling, who will report to Vanstar Government Systems president Carleton S. Jones, will be responsible for overseeing the company's portfolio of federal contracts, including the General Services Administration schedule and blanket purchase agreements as well as the Army's PC-2 and Portable-2 pacts and the Department of Veterans Affairs' Procurement of Computer Hardware and Software contract.

Darling's background includes work at Tracor Enterprise Solutions (formerly Cordant Inc.) and SMS Data Products Group Inc.

Network Associates announces acquisition plans

In the latest of a string of acquisitions, Network Associates last week announced that it had signed a definitive agreement to acquire privately held Calgary-based Secure Networks Inc.

The SNI acquisition extends Network Associates' network security and management products to include security scanning technology designed to allow users to check their network security before hackers or hostile insiders can steal or damage data.

With its recent acquisitions of Pretty Good Privacy and Trusted Information Systems, Network Associates now offers a suite of network security products that includes firewalls, global virtual private networks, intrusion detection, audit analysis, encryption, authentication and anti-virus products.

SNI's Ballista security auditing scanner, which is designed to expose security weaknesses by simulating weaknesses in networked environments, will be incorporated into Network Associates' Net Tools Secure product line.

Kodak tests NASA digital photo market

Eastman Kodak Co.'s Commercial & Government Systems unit last month announced an agreement with NASA's Johnson Space Center aimed at determining public interest in obtaining quality photographic digital prints from images of NASA missions.

The market trial agreement calls for Kodak to make digital photographic prints of astronaut photographs of Earth available for purchase online through the NASA Internet site.

The online start date for the trial program is scheduled for the end of this month.

In response to customer orders initiated from the "Earth from Space" World Wide Web site, Kodak will provide hard copy digital photographic prints of approximately 1,400 images on the Web site.

In addition, Kodak will establish a service fulfillment site on a secure server, which will accept customers' orders and credit card information. This software will electronically forward the details of the order to Kodak's print production facility.

Symantec ships anti-virus product for Macs

Symantec Corp. this week will begin shipping Norton AntiVirus (NAV) for Macintosh 5.0, which is designed to provide automatic virus definition updates and file repairs.

The new product also is designed to detect and repair new and previously unknown viruses, and it features a SafeZone, where users can download or copy files into a "virtual clean room" without fear of viruses. The product's new LiveUpdate feature updates users with the latest virus definition via the Internet or via modem and can be scheduled in advance to run automatically. NAV for Macintosh now also features a bootable CD in case of an emergency.

NAV for Macintosh requires a Macintosh 68040 or higher or a Power Macintosh with System 7.5.

Rand joins Lucent

Cynthia Rand, former principal director for information management at the Defense Department, this month began a new job as one of two business development directors for civilian agencies at Lucent Technologies Inc. Rand began work at Lucent on May 4. She left the Pentagon earlier this year as part of a DOD buyout.

-- Compiled by Heather Harreld, John Stein Monroe and Brad Bass.

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