Raytheon acquires cybersecurity firm

Raytheon acquired an Alabama cybersecurity company Monday as the defense contractor continues to ramp up its cyber operations.

The acquisition of Alabama-based Pikewerks is Raytheon's ninth cyber-related acquisition since 2007, the company said as it announced the deal.

Cybersecurity is one area where the potential for growth remains at a time when defense contractors are bracing for billions in cuts in defense spending. The Pentagon is preparing to trim as much as $492 billion over the next decade.

The terms of the deal were not disclosed. Raytheon said the acquisition would not have an effect on the company’s sales.