IBM acquires database security firm Guardium (Dec. 01, 2009) — IBM announced on Monday that it has acquired database security firm Guardium.

ibmGuardium is a leading dealer in monitoring and protecting databases for large enterprises. Besides securing the data and inspection of database activity, Guardium’s technology can computerize certain tasks to help businesses with regulatory fulfillment, said IBM. Big Blue expects the acquirement to assist its customer’s enhanced shield their significant databases against both external and internal threats.

Guardium can verify for particular patterns and anomalies when information is accessed, said IBM, allowing enterprises to sustain the integrity of their data. Guardium’s technology is able to identify fraud and illegal access to a database by way of an enterprise application, such as a company’s ERP or CRM software.

“Organizations are grappling with government mandates, industry standards and business demands to make sure that their vital data is confined against internal and external threats,” said Arvind Krishna, general manager of IBM Information Management, in a statement. “This acquisition is another important step in our abilities to assist clients govern and monitor their data, and eventually make their information more protected throughout its lifecycle.”

Guardium, a privately held company based in Waltham, Mass., will be incorporated into IBM’s Information Management Software portfolio.

Big Blue hasn’t been shy about buying companies this year to enhance the capacity of its business services. In July, the company picked up analytics and information forecaster SPSS for $1.2 billion. With security a fundamental need for its clients, IBM also acquired security provider Ounce Labs around the same time.

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