Sealing Technologies last Friday said it has acquired Quark Security, enabling it provide cyber security lifecycle services to its federal government and industry customers.
Terms of the deal between the two small businesses were not disclosed. SealingTech had 55 employees before the acquisition and Quark had nine, all of whom are staying with the company. Both companies are based in Columbia, Md.
Quark's strengths are in defensive cyber operations and its flagship product, Quark Security Shield, is a "key component" on the Defense Department's Mobile Classified Capability classified devices provided by the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA), SealingTech said.
SealingTech said both companies' "missions align in contributing to the open source communities by providing solutions within mobile, cross-domain, and critical infrastructure security problems to an ever-growing client roster."
Quark's top customers are the Air Force Research Lab, which is new to SealingTech, and DISA, a spokeswoman for SealingTech told Defense Daily. SealingTech's work with DISA is in different areas than Quark, but the "acquisition allows us to further synchronize our efforts in mobile and network technologies to bring better offerings to DISA," she said.
In addition to its cyber capabilities, SealingTech has a 35,000-square foot integration facility where it provides technical services and a National Security Division focused on software, hardware and systems engineering for the intelligence community.
Brandon Whalen, Quark's founder and CEO, has been named chief operating officer of SealingTech. The company expects to have more than 90 employees by the end of 2020, the spokeswoman said.
SealingTech's strategic and transaction adviser on the deal was the law firm Nemphos Braue.