History

A Brief History of KeyW

Take a Tour Through Our Historic Highlights

For a company that had its start in 2008, we have grown quickly and are proud of our achievements and our mission. We provide mission-critical cyber security, geospatial, cloud, data analytics, analysis, operations and engineering solutions that support the collection, processing, analysis and dissemination of information across the Intelligence, Cyber and Counterterrorism communities. Our agile processes and methods enable us to satisfy even the most aggressive and dynamic customer requirements.

The Beginning of the Road

August 4, 2008

The Beginning of the Road

KeyW Corporation began operations on August 4, 2008, with over 60 employees led by the majority of the former leadership team of Essex, which was acquired by Northrop Grumman Corporation in January 2007. Since its founding, through a series of highly-selective strategic acquisitions, KeyW has assembled a single, unique platform that provides high-quality and complementary cybersecurity, geospatial, cloud, data analytics, analysis, operations and engineering solutions.

Initial Growth

August 4, 2008

Adding to our start, we acquired Integrated Computer Concepts, Incorporated, or ICCI, and S&H Enterprises of Central Maryland, Inc., or S&H. Both companies were known for their innovations and capabilities in support of the Intelligence Community. The acquisition of ICCI brought KeyW approximately 80 employees working on key Intelligence Community programs in the areas of software engineering and cloud computing.

Expanding Our Capabilities and Customer Base

August 4, 2009

Our early acquisitions provided high-performance solutions to the Intelligence Community with systems engineering, analysis, and support capabilities. In 2009, we acquired Embedded Systems Design, Inc., or ESD, Leading Edge Design & Systems, Inc., or LEDS, and the Systems Engineering and Technical Assistance team of General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems Inc., or GDAIS team, which supports a large intelligence agency. Both Embedded Systems and LEDS provided high performance solutions to the Intelligence Community with systems engineering, analysis and support capabilities.

Broadening Our Solutions

August 4, 2010

Broadening Our Solutions

In early 2010, KeyW invested in building our advanced Surface Mount Technology (SMT) laboratory and hired a highly-skilled workforce to immediately deploy a fully operational facility. Since that time our SMT team quickly has established a reputation for providing high-quality services in a Quick Reaction Capability (QRC) environment, fulfilling requirements that are beyond the capabilities of mass-production facilities. We also acquired The Analysis Group, LLC, and Insight Information Technology. This addition expanded KeyW’s customer base to include Air Force Intelligence and brought new long-term customer relationships and contracts. We further expanded our program management and systems engineering capabilities and our activity on a key program with our largest customer.

KeyW’s IPO

October 1, 2010

On October 1, 2010, the KeyW Holding Corporation completed its initial public offering (IPO) and began trading on the NASDAQ Global Market under the symbol KEYW. This was an important milestone as a publicly traded company. View the press release.

KeyW Acquires Sycamore.US and Everest Technology Solutions

October 1, 2010

Sycamore brought a talented team and skilled portfolio, including aerospace software engineering, cybersecurity, independent verification and validation, systems engineering and risk management. The Everest acquisition grew our body of skill in geospatial intelligence systems, cybersecurity, cloud computing and mission support. Both companies added depth of capabilities and experience with our largest customers, as well as expanded our breadth of contracts and experience with other Intelligence Community (IC) members.

Adding to Our Mission-Critical Solutions

August 4, 2011

We acquired JKA Technologies, Inc., or JKA, and Forbes Analytic Software, Inc., or FASI. Both companies brought us a broad range of mission-critical cybersecurity solutions and support, including network engineering, information assurance and systems and software engineering.

Expanding Our Geospatial Capabilities

August 4, 2011

In 2011, we acquired Flight Landata, Inc., to strengthen our strategic investment in geospatial intelligence capabilities complementing our cyber platform. Flight Landata is a highly regarded provider of agile airborne Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) solutions and Micro Terrain Intelligence to the U.S. Defense Department and the Warfighter with significant operations in overseas theaters. Other additions to the KeyW team enhanced our solutions and support for mission-critical cyber capabilities, including network engineering, information assurance, systems engineering and integration, high-end software development and full lifecycle software support, from research and development to operations and maintenance.

KeyW Completes Secondary Public Offering

September 4, 2012

In September, KeyW successfully completed a $100 million secondary offering of common stock.

KeyW Rated One of Baltimore’s Top Workplaces

October 4, 2012

KeyW Rated One of Baltimore’s Top Workplaces

Our company was recognized by The Baltimore Sun as the #4 large company to work for in 2012! We also were ranked as the #1 large company for employee benefits. We keep high standards for employee satisfaction and we are proud to earn such distinction.

Poole and Associates Joins KeyW

October 4, 2012

Poole and Associates, Inc., joined KeyW in October of 2012, adding a valuable mix of systems engineering, software development, program management, training, documentation and technical support capabilities to our team, as well as several prime contracts and significant IC experience.

KeyW Rings NASDAQ Bell

January 11, 2013

To celebrate our recent acquisitions and milestones, we were proud to visit the NASDAQ Marketsite in Times Square, New York, to ring the stock market opening bell! You can watch us ring the bell here: KeyW Rings NASDAQ Bell

KeyW Rated Top Workplace

October 4, 2013

KeyW was recognized as the number one large company to work for by the Baltimore Sun Top Workplaces 2013 Survey and rated as one of the 50 Great Places to Work in the greater Washington, DC area, by The Washingtonian.

KeyW Opens Dayton Office to Support Organic Expansion in Air Force Customers

June 26, 2014

KeyW Completes Public Offering of $149.5 Million in Convertible Bonds

August 15, 2014

KeyW Acquires Milestone Intelligence Group and Ponte Technologies

March 18, 2015

KeyW Announces the Passing of Founder and Former Chairman and CEO, Len Moodispaw

June 15, 2015

KeyW Names Bill Weber As CEO

August 25, 2015