IBM has acquired incident-response security company Resilient Systems in a deal rumoured to be valued at $100m.
Resilient's technology, together with 100 or so employees, will be added to IBM's growing portfolio of security software and services.
IBM has identified security as a key area for growth, according to Marc van Zadelhoff, general manager of IBM Security.
"Cyber security needs to function like an immune system in preventing breaches and in quickly eradicating those that do occur," he said.
Resilient's platform is used by a number of Fortune 500 companies and mid-sized organisations across a range of industries.
The company boasts cryptography expert and author Bruce Schneier as chief technology officer. He joined Resilient, then known as Co3 Systems, shortly after leaving BT Managed Security Services in December 2013.
Schneier acknowleged the deal on Twitter, linking to a self-penned blog post explaining more about the move and expressing his confidence that the deal is a fruitful move for both companies.
Resilient Systems News: IBM to Buy Resilient Systems: Today, IBM announced its intention to purchase my compan... https://t.co/TqmZpZtnUA— Schneier Blog (@schneierblog) February 29, 2016
"I think this is a great development for Resilient Systems and its incident-response platform. IBM is an ideal partner for Resilient, and one that I have been quietly hoping would acquire it for over a year now," he wrote.
"IBM has a unique combination of security products and services, and an existing organisation that will help Resilient immeasurably. It's a good match."
Schneier also pointed out that IBM has a track record of acquiring smaller companies and successful integrating them into the company.
"It has bought something like 15 security companies in the past decade, five in the past two years alone, and has (more or less) successfully integrated all of them," he said.
"It carefully selects the companies it buys, spending a lot of time making sure the integration is successful."
Schneier intends to remain a vocal writer and blogger, and IBM is apparently happy for this to continue.
"The people I'll be working with know I'll continue to blog and write books. They know I'll continue to talk about politically sensitive topics. They know they won't be able to edit or constrain my writing and speaking," he said.
"At least, they say they know it; we'll see what actually happens. But I'm optimistic. There are other IBM people whose public writings do not represent the views of IBM, so there's precedent."
The deal is expected to close later this year subject to the necessary regulatory requirements.
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