After initially refusing to comment, IBM gives in and confirms reports that it is acquiring Guardium. The acquisition brings Guardium's database activity monitoring and data security capabilities into IBM's software portfolio.
officials confirmed Nov.
30 that the company has acquired Guardium for its database security and
activity monitoring technology.
IBM did not disclose
the financial terms of the deal, but there are reports that the acquisition
cost the company $225 million. The acquisition is the 28th
has made as part of its Information Management strategy, and brings a new level
of real-time enterprise database monitoring and data protection to IBM's
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"Integrity of data is critical if an organization is
going to use information as a strategic asset," Arvind Krishna, general
manager of IBM's Information Management
Software Division, said in a teleconference.
"Looking at the capabilities of Guardium-
are facing very strict government and industry regulations," Krishna
continued. "They also have demands for unprecedented levels of
transparency and access to data and information within the enterprise. This
transparency and accountability begins with the data."
News of the acquisition leaked out the week of Nov. 23, although
to comment. Guardium's technology supports multiple
environments, including Microsoft, Oracle and Teradata. That cross-platform
support will be maintained, Krishna said. Guardium's
technology is designed to identify patterns and anomalies in data access and
use, and its monitoring capabilities detect fraud and unauthorized access via
"Guardium gives clients unprecedented visibility
and control over their data access activities while taking advantage of
automation to deliver rapid return on investment," Guardium CEO
Ram Metser said in a statement. "The combination of IBM
and Guardium provides clients with a comprehensive solution for safeguarding
critical enterprise information and preventing fraud without the complexity of