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Guardium Chosen as Finalist for Red Herring 100 Award

Date: Monday, May 12, 2008   /   Company: Guardium
Guardium Chosen as Finalist for Red Herring 100 Award
Award Recognizes the 100 “Most Promising” Companies Leading the Next Wave of Innovation

WALTHAM, Mass. (May 12, 2008) — Guardium, the database security company, has been named a finalist for the Red Herring 100, a selection of the 100 most innovative private technology companies based in North America.

The magazine’s editorial board identified the top 200 out of more than 1,200 closely evaluated companies that are leading the next wave of IT innovation.  Previous winners include Google, YouTube,, Netscape, Yahoo! and Skype.

Guardium pioneered the database security, monitoring and compliance market, introducing a series of technology “firsts” and holding 11 patents.  Now installed in more than 350 data centers worldwide – including more than 60 Global 500 and Fortune 1000 companies in all major industries – the company’s solution addresses a fundamental business need to safeguard the privacy and integrity of critical data in enterprise applications such as Oracle E-Business Suite, PeopleSoft, SAP, Business Intelligence and in-house systems.  At the same time, Guardium’s scalable platform optimizes operational efficiency by automating and centralizing compliance controls across heterogeneous data center environments.

The company’s blue-chip customer base includes 3 of the top 4 global banks, a top worldwide cardholder brand, one of the world’s largest PC suppliers, a global soft drink brand, a top 3 global retailer and a business intelligence software market leader.

In addition, Forrester Research recently named Guardium “a Leader across the board,” with “dominance and momentum on its side.” In this comprehensive assessment, Forrester evaluated 14 large and small vendors across 116 criteria, with Guardium earning the highest overall scores for Architecture, Current Offering, Product Strategy, and Corporate Strategy (“The Forrester Wave: Enterprise Database Auditing And Real-Time Protection, Q4 2007” by Noel Yuhanna, Oct. 2007). 

“Red Herring has a track record of picking winners that execute successfully because they have precisely the right combination of human, intellectual and alliance capital,” said Ram Metser, CEO of Guardium. “We’re honored to be recognized by Red Herring for our role in safeguarding enterprise data at the core – the database itself – and optimizing our customers’ most vital business processes.”

In addition to ground-breaking technology and a marquee customer base, Red Herring’s evaluation criteria included:

  • Growth: Guardium tripled its customer base in 2006 and doubled it during 2007.
  • Ecosystem Integration: Corporate partners include Oracle; Microsoft; IBM; Sybase; BMC; EMC; RSA, The Security Division of EMC; NetApp; McAfee; ArcSight and NEON.  The company also has partnerships with leading global systems integrators such as Accenture and Deloitte, and is a member of IBM’s Data Governance Council and the PCI Security Standards Council.
  • Quality of Management: The company’s executives bring successful entrepreneurial backgrounds as well as decades of combined experience at market leaders such as Nokia, Merrill Lynch, J.P. Morgan, Intel, AT&T Bell Laboratories, Symantec, Network Intelligence, Check Point Software Technologies, and Cisco.
  • Financing and Investors: In addition to several leading venture capital firms, Cisco Systems is a strategic investor in Guardium.  According to Aberdeen, Cisco made “the first investment in this market by a major technology company and provides strong validation of Guardium’s market leadership”*.

The 100 winning companies will be announced at the Red Herring North America event.  The CEOs of the winning startups will present their innovative ideas and technologies to an audience of leading entrepreneurs, financiers, and corporate strategists at the event in San Jose, California, on May 12-14 at the Fairmont.  This year’s Red Herring 100 North America event marks the 11th anniversary of the Red Herring 100 Awards.  In celebration, the event will feature keynote addresses from legendary VC investors and CEOs of leading Internet, information, and communications companies. Register online at:

“We can see the exciting evolution of the technology sector reflected in the quality and variety of exceptional companies that we had to choose from in putting our list together,” said Joel Dreyfuss, editor-in-chief of Red Herring.” It was tough to choose just 200 finalists from such a large list of excellent contenders, and we are very happy with the quality of the companies we selected as finalists.”

About Guardium
Guardium, the database security company, delivers the most widely-used solution for ensuring the integrity of enterprise information and preventing information leaks from the data center.

The company’s enterprise security platform is now installed in more than 350 data centers worldwide, including more than 60 Global 500 and Fortune 1000 companies in all major industries.  Customers include 3 of the top 4 global banks; one of the world’s largest PC manufacturers; a global soft drink brand; a top 3 global retailer; and a leading supplier of business intelligence software.  The company has partnerships with Oracle, Microsoft, IBM, Sybase, BMC, EMC, RSA, Accenture, NetApp, McAfee, ArcSight and NEON, with Cisco as a strategic investor, and is a member of IBM’s prestigious Data Governance Council and the PCI Security Standards Council.

Founded in 2002, Guardium was the first company to address the core data security gap by delivering a scalable enterprise platform that protects databases in real-time and automates the entire compliance auditing process.

Guardium, Safeguarding Databases, and S-TAP are trademarks of Guardium, Inc.

About Red Herring
Red Herring is a global media company which unites the world’s best high technology innovators, venture investors and business decision makers in a variety of forums: a leading innovation magazine, an online daily technology news service, technology newsletters and major events for technology leaders around the globe.  Red Herring provides an insider’s access to the global innovation economy, featuring unparalleled insights on the emerging technologies driving the economy. More information about Red Herring is available on the Internet at

* Guardium Receives Strategic Investment from Cisco, by Mounil Patel, Research Director, Information Security, AberdeenGroup, June 5, 2006


Media Contacts:
George Robertson and
Mike Italiano
Corporate Ink

Red Herring Contact:
Anam Alpenia
Red Herring, Inc.

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