Symantec is acquiring 65 security engineers from Boeing as a part of a deal to beef up its expertise in Big Data, prior to a split between its security and storage divisions later this year.
As part of the deal Big Yellow is also licensing technology from Boeing's Narus security division, which develops network-monitoring technologies used by customers including the US government.
Boeing bought Narus in 2010, four years after the security tools developer was dragged into controversy with claims by a whistle-blower that its technology was used by AT&T to fulfil the National Security Agency’s warrantless wiretap program, Bloomberg notes.
Terms of the deal, announced Monday, weren’t disclosed but Symantec chief technology officer Amit Mital spins a line on how Narus' big data analytics will "help our customers make informed decisions about how to prevent, detect and remediate attacks".
Which is nice.
Boeing's core business is as an aerospace and defence contractor. It makes sense for it to stick to what it knows and offload peripheral enterprises in the context of plunging US defence budgets.
For Symantec the deal allows it to burnish its Big Data narrative with the injection of military tech and personnel. ®