Hewlett-Packard (HP) has announced the acquisition of Fortify Software.
Fortify Software creates tools for developers to test their software code for security vulnerabilities.
According to tech news site Computer World, Fortify technology will allow HP to compete with software testing solutions offered by CPU maker IBM.
The acquisition will allow HP to strengthen its dynamic application security tools line-up, as it plans to venture into the smartphone and tablet PC division following its $1.2 billion acquisition of smartphone maker Palm earlier in the year.
Fortify Software, founded in 2003, allows developers to test their software at every stage of the development process.
Fortify's flagship products include 360, which allows developers to scan and fix the vulnerabilities on their software, and Fortify On Demand, which lets software makers upload application code to Fortify's data centre for a thorough analysis.
HP said that once the acquisition is completed, it will use Fortify as a separate entity and will slowly proceed to integrate its technology with the HP Software and Solutions business.