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Rapid7 acquires an Israeli cybersecurity firm for $50m

Corey Thomas is the CEO and chairman of Rapid7.
Corey Thomas is the CEO and chairman of Rapid7.Lane Turner/Globe Staff

The Boston cybersecurity company Rapid7 has paid $50 million to acquire Alcide, a Tel Aviv maker of software that helps secure cloud-based computer systems.

Alcide makes software for companies that use Kubernetes, an open-source system originally designed by Google to make it easier to deploy and manage enterprise software running on remote computers in the cloud. Kubernetes has become a major global standard in cloud computing. Alcide’s software is designed to help companies ensure that they’re securely building and deploying their Kubernetes services.

The deal is Rapid7′s second recent acquisition aimed at building up its cloud security portfolio. In April, the company paid $145 million for DivvyCloud Corp., a Virginia company whose software helps monitor the ongoing performance of their cloud computing systems.

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Rapid7 has roughly 2,000 employees worldwide, while Alcide has approximately 30, a Rapid7 spokesperson said.






Hiawatha Bray can be reached at hiawatha.bray@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @GlobeTechLab.