IBM Acquires Database Security Startup

Paul Lilly

IBM this week announced it has acquired Guardium, a real-time enterprise database monitoring and security startup. Guardium, a privately held company based in Waltham, Massachusetts, focuses both on real-time monitoring and automating and streamlining regulatory compliance tasks.

"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, IBM Information Management. "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."

IBM said it will integrate Guardium within IBM's Information Management Software portfolio and sell its products through the newly created Business Analytics and Optimization Consulting organization, which is staffed by 4,000 consultants.

Neither side disclosed financial terms of the deal.

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