Calian acquires Ottawa-based cybersecurity firm
By StaffNews Industry News
Ottawa-based Calian Group Ltd. announced that effective June 1 it has acquired Secure Technologies International, a Canadian IT and cybersecurity firm, also based in Ottawa.
According to the Secure Technologies website, the company offers product services, consulting, and managed security services — supporting cybersecurity brands including McAfee, Forcepoint, Fortinet and Gemalto.
“This acquisition strengthens Calian’s position as an expanding cybersecurity solutions provider serving a high-growth market,” said Sandra Cote, Vice President, Calian IT Professional Services (Calian ITPS), in a statement. “For the public and private sectors, the big story is resilience. We all know that governments, communities and companies are focused on resilience when it comes to emergencies but, too often, we see that cyber resilience is missing as part of those plans and procedures.”
“We were impressed by Calian’s brand, expertise and national market presence,” said David Tucker, CEO, Secure Technologies. “I’m excited to realize the tremendous potential of combining Calian’s IT and cyber talent with Secure Technologies’ recognized skills and experience.”
According to statement from Ned D’Antonio, Director of Canadian Channels, McAfee: “We were very pleased to hear that our longstanding partner, Secure Technologies International, is joining forces with Calian. Calian’s extensive experience in professional services, supported by Secure Technologies’ deep knowledge of McAfee, will improve adoption and help keep networks safe from malware and emerging online threats.”
Secure Technologies has annual revenues of approximately $6 million to $8 million. Jacqueline Gauthier, Chief Financial Officer, Calian, said, “Secure Technologies’ results will be consolidated and reported as part of Calian’s Business and Technology Services (BTS) Division.” Gauthier added that the acquisition will be EBITDA accretive immediately.
“This is an exciting acquisition which aligns with the pillars of service line evolution and customer diversification within our Four Pillar Growth Strategy,” added Kevin Ford, President and CEO, Calian. “Secure Technologies’ expert cyber team and strong foothold in the market will help to accelerate our cyber sales growth and support synergies across our cyber, training and emergency management services.”
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