Defence giant BAE coughs $230m for cloud heavy SilverSky

Multinational gets defensive over emails

Cloud security

BAE Systems has bought cloud-based email and network security firm SilverSky for $232.5m, seemingly finding the US company's products and customer base irresistible.

Ian King, chief executive, BAE Systems, said: "SilverSky has an established sales force, a complementary suite of scalable products and a large installed customer base [in financial services, retail, healthcare, energy, critical infrastructure and manufacturing], providing a proven route to commercial markets in the US and other countries for our combined capabilities."

SilverSky's cloud-based managed security services include email protection, network security, and managed applications.

Most of SilverSky's customers are in the US but the firm also has customers in Asia, and a base of operations in the Philippines.

SilverSky, which employs 400 people, predicts 2014 sales of around $75m (£46.6m).

The acquisition — conditional upon regulatory approvals and expected to close before the end of 2014 — will be funded from BAE Systems’ existing cash resources, with the defence, security and aerospace company expecting to cover its investment within three years. ®

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