IBM is looking to improve its cybersecurity offerings by acquiring San Francisco-based software startup Agile 3.

“After thousands of client engagements, we’ve seen security move from the back office to the front office and now to the board room,” says Marc van Zadelhoff, General Manager of IBM Security. “Adding Agile 3 Solutions to the IBM Security immune system of capabilities gives our team the ability to not only protect critical data, but demonstrate why it is at risk, and how to remediate that risk. Knowing what your crown jewel data is, and understanding its susceptibility to exploitation via external or insider threats, is an imperative for any organization.”

Financial terms weren’t disclosed.

“Having worked closely with IBM Security as a business partner, our team is excited by the opportunity to join the leader in enterprise security,” said Raghu Varadan, Agile 3’s founder and CEO. “Our mission has been to bring the C-Suite into the security decision making process on their terms. Now with IBM Security, we’re bringing together the ability to not only influence decisions but to take action to protect business critical data.”

IBM says it now has made 20 acquisitions in the security space. It’s also added some 1,900 “security experts” to IBM Security since 2015.

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