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John Jolly: General Dynamics Fidelis Buy Adds Cyber Visibility Products

John Jolly

Advanced persistent threats — groups that consistently attack one entity — require constant visibility from an enterprise perspective, General Dynamics‘ (NYSE: GD) cyber division lead said Monday.

John Jolly, vice president and general manager of that division, told GovCon Wire the company purchased Fidelis Security Systems to complement its existing cybersecurity services team with products for combating APT threats.

“Fidelis goes where advanced persistent threats are going,” Jolly said, adding Fidelis’ products create the needed enterprise visibility of APT threats.

Peter George

Fidelis will join General Dynamics’ advanced information systems unit, which the cyber division is part of.

“The nature of the threat and threat vectors have changed but the adversaries stay the same,” Fidelis CEO Peter George said. “Having deep visibility into the applications and network is fundamental to solving the problem.”

George said Fidelis intends to combine its technologies with General Dynamics’ pedigree.

Jolly addressed Fidelis employees in Fairfax, Va. announcing the transaction, where he said he explained the rationale for the companies’ joining forces.

George said there was a “good spirit” in the room when Jolly spoke.

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