Symantec has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Gideon Technologies.
The transaction is expected to close by the end of March and is subject to customary closing conditions. Financial terms of the deal are not being disclosed.
Gideon Technologies is a provider of standards-based information security solutions that automate and orchestrate IT security and risk management.
Symantec said that it is acquiring Gideon Technologies to extend its security portfolio with the security content automation protocol (SCAP) validated configuration and vulnerability assessment solution.
The SCAP is a suite of specifications that standardise the format and nomenclature by which security software products communicate software flaws and security configuration information.
It is used to automate vulnerability and patch checking, technical control compliance activities and security measurement. Gideon Technologies' SecureFusion product will complement Symantec's compliance offerings and integrate with the Symantec management platform.
Gigi Schumm, vice president and general manager public sector of Symantec, said: “As the US government continues to make the cyber security of our country's public and private infrastructures a priority, Symantec will support public sector customers with standards-based solutions that meet their complex compliance requirements with the highest degree of accuracy.
“As demonstrated by this acquisition, Symantec is committed to SCAP and emerging standards and intends to lead the ongoing advancement of these standards.”