BRTRC acquires cybersecurity company SecureForce

BRTRC Federal Solutions, a Tysons-based federal technology contractor, announced last week it had acquired Sterling-based cybersecurity company SecureForce. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

SecureForce’s clients include the Department of Veteran Affairs and the Transportation Security Administration. For now, the approximately 15-person firm will maintain its office in Sterling, and be treated as a division of BRTRC, according to BRTRC Chief Operating Officer Larry McDonald.

“[N]ot only does it expand our capabilities in the area of cyber, big data and analytics, it also gives us access to new markets like the [Department of Veterans Affairs, Transportation Security Administration] and the intelligence community,” McDonald, also part-owner of the company, said.

The two companies have been collaborating on various projects for the past couple of years, he said. This is the first acquisition BRTRC has made in 25 years.

BRTRC was particularly interested in SecureForce because “cyber is going to be a part of the entire IT backbone,” McDonald said. It could be the first of many acquisitions in the cybersecurity and intelligence space, he added.

In 2006, three of BRTRC’s then-owners — former executive vice president William Baum, former chief executive and president Gerado Sanz and former vice president Gary Romstedt — pleaded guilty to conspiring to defraud the government, after being accused of falsifying tax returns in an effort to pass off personal vacation homes as corporate offices. All stepped down from their managerial positions that year and no longer are involved with the company.

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mohana.ravindranath@washpost.com

Mohana Ravindranath covers IT and small business for the Washington Post and its weekly Capital Business publication.
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