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Guardium Recognized as “A Leader Across the Board” in Enterprise Database by Forrester

August 2008 by Marc Jacob

Guardium, the database security company, announced that it has been recognized as “a Leader across the board” in Forrester’s October 2007 report entitled “The Forrester Wave™: Enterprise Database Auditing And Real-Time Protection, Q4 2007.” In this comprehensive assessment, Forrester analyst Noel Yuhanna evaluated 14 large and small vendors across 116 criteria, with Guardium earning the highest overall scores for Current Offering, Product Strategy, and Corporate Strategy.

According to Forrester, Guardium “has dominance and momentum on its side.” The company’s position as a leader is “a result of the broad range of features and functionality built into the product and the company’s strong product and corporate strategy and growing market presence.” Guardium “continues to be the most aggressive vendor, with innovation and strong marketing initiatives” and Forrester expects Guardium to “maintain its leadership in supporting large heterogeneous environments, delivering high performance and scalability, simplifying administration, and performing realtime database protection.”

1 Score for Architecture With Perfect Scores for Five Other Criteria To assess product strength, Forrester evaluated each offering against ten groups of criteria through a combination of lab evaluations, questionnaires, demos, and discussions with client references. Forrester awarded Guardium the #1 score for Architecture along with perfect scores (5 out of 5) for five other groups of criteria including (1) Performance and scalability; (2) Usability; (3) Levels of auditing; (4) Monitoring and notification (real-time alerting); and (5) Application level support. In particular, Forrester notes that Guardium offers “extremely good compliance reporting and role separation capabilities” with “out-of-the-box modules for packaged applications like JD Edwards, Oracle EBS, PeopleSoft, SAP, and Siebel.” Best-Suited to Enterprise-Wide Auditing Deployments Concluding that “Guardium is best suited to enterprise-wide auditing deployments,” the report observes that “Guardium customers have deployed the company’s solution across many databases and data centers.” It specifically cites

“Guardium’s aggregation capability [which] supports the collection and merging of information from multiple Guardium appliances to a single aggregation appliance … to achieve an enterprise view.” Guardium’s centralized architecture allows organizations to aggregate and normalize all of their database audit information – across multiple data center locations, DBMS platforms, and enterprise applications – into a single unified repository, for enterprise-wide compliance reporting, correlation and forensics. Complementing this capability, Guardium also supports centralized security policy management and granular access controls across distributed, heterogeneous environments.

Strong Roadmap Ahead with More Innovation

In the Product Strategy category, Forrester states that Guardium “has a strong road map ahead with more innovation and features.” The report also highlights the company’s key investors, such as Cisco Systems, and its revenue growth by three times on a year-over-year basis.

Rapid Market Growth

According to the report, “Forrester estimates the value of the database auditing and real-time protection market, which includes new licenses, support, and services, at approximately $450 million, and expects it to double by 2010 as enterprises look to automate and secure even more of their enterprise databases.” The report states that “database auditing and real-time protection have become necessities for all … to meet regulatory compliance requirements and mitigate risk against various types of threats to enterprise databases.” “We’re thankful to our large installed base of enterprise customers, who have helped us continuously enhance our technology based on real-world experience in the most demanding data center environments worldwide,” said Ram

Major Recognition From Other Independent Organizations Guardium received major recognition from five other independent organizations in the past few months, including:

• Information Security magazine stated that Guardium’s solution “has evolved from an impressive technology to an enterprise-class data security product that should be on every organization’s radar.”

• InformationWeek concluded that Guardium performed “at the top of the DBEP [database extrusion prevention] class” with “capabilities that stand out from other products we’ve tested" and a "solid feature set that should please security pros looking to take back control of database security."

• SC Magazine U.K. gave Guardium 5 out of 5 stars on Features, Performance, and Ease of Use.

• SQL Server Magazine honored Guardium with a 2007 Editor’s Choice Award in the “Auditing and Compliance” category, marking the second year in a row that Guardium has received an Editor’s Choice Award from the magazine, having been recognized in the "Security" category during 2006.

• Bank Technology News named Guardium one of 10 technology companies to watch – stating that the company’s "innovation is getting them noticed” and that Guardium is “in the right place at the right time with the right partners."

Guardium delivers the most widely-deployed solution for preventing information leaks from the data center and ensuring the integrity of corporate information. The company’s appliance-based solution uses real-time policies and continuous comparisons to baselines of normal activity to immediately identify both external attacks and insider threats. Unlike traditional database logging solutions, Guardium’s solution creates a granular audit trail of all database activities – including privileged insider activities – without impacting performance or requiring changes to databases or applications. In addition, Guardium’s scalable, centralized solution automates and simplifies compliance processes for key mandates such as Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX), Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS), and data privacy laws.

About Guardium

Guardium, the database security company, develops the most widely-used solution for database activity monitoring, security and auditing, with a blue-chip customer base that spans organizations in all major geographies and industries. Founded in 2002, Guardium was the first company to address the core data security gap by delivering a practical, appliance-based platform that both protects databases in real-time and automates the entire compliance auditing process. Guardium’s investors include Cisco Systems and leading venture capital firms. The company has partnerships with Oracle, Microsoft, IBM, Sybase, Accenture, BMC, EMC and RSA and is a member of IBM’s prestigious Data Governance Council and the PCI Security Standards Council.

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