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RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. – As by an Israeli newspaper, IBM (NYSE: IBM) on Monday said it would

The privately held Massachusetts firm was venture-capital backed, having raised some $21 million. The company formed in Israel in 2002 and later moved to the U.S.

IBM did not disclose financial terms, but the Israeli newspaper The Marker said the price would be $225 million.

Cisco was an investor in

Guardium focuses on real-time enterprise database monitoring and protection.

"Organizations are grappling with government mandates, industry standards and business demands to ensure that their critical data is protected against internal and external threats," said Arvind Krishna, general manager of IBM Information Management, in a statement. "This acquisition is another significant step in our abilities to help clients govern and monitor their data, and ultimately make their information more secure throughout its lifecycle."

Guardium technology will be incorporated into IBM’s Information Management Software portfolio.