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Guardium Named Finalist for Best Intellectual Property Protection in 2008 SC Magazine Awards Program.

Readers Value Real-time Monitoring of Business-Critical Information as Keys to Protecting Intellectual Property

WALTHAM, Mass. -- Guardium, the database security company, has been chosen as a finalist in the prestigious 2008 SC Magazine Awards program, in the Reader Trust Award category for Best Intellectual Property Protection. Guardium is the only database security company selected as a finalist by SC Magazine readers. Placement in the SC Magazine Awards program is based on voting by more than 9,000 of the publication's readers who are responsible for IT security, compliance and risk management in organizations worldwide.

Guardium was among more than 600 entries submitted in more than 30 technology categories - and beat nearly 30 other nominees in the Best Intellectual Property Protection category. Readers voted for "solutions that help organizations safeguard their intellectual property persistently - both inside and outside the company."

Guardium provides the most widely-deployed, enterprise security platform for preventing information leaks from the data center and ensuring the integrity of corporate information. The company's real-time monitoring technology uses both policy-based controls and anomaly detection to prevent unauthorized activities by potential hackers, privileged insiders and end-users of enterprise applications such as Oracle Financials, PeopleSoft, and SAP. By continuously tracking all DBMS traffic at both the network level and on database servers themselves - across all major DBMS platforms, OS platforms, and applications - the company's solution provides 100 percent visibility into all database activities without impacting the performance of business-critical applications and databases.

"With this finalist nomination, SC Magazine readers are recognizing Guardium as a key ally in their mission to safeguard businesses, customers and critical data," said SC Magazine Editor-in-Chief Illena Armstrong.

This recognition caps a banner year for Guardium. The company received multiple industry accolades in 2007:

* Forrester recognized Guardium as "A Leader across the board" in The Forrester Wave: Enterprise Database Auditing and Real-Time Protection, Q4 2007 (October 2007)1. 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.

* SC Magazine U.K. awarded Guardium 5 out of 5 stars on Features, Performance, and Ease of Use, citing "easy installation, massive database support, sophisticated reporting, strong policy-based security."

* InformationWeek published an in-depth lab review concluding that Guardium performed "at the top of the DBEP [database extrusion prevention] class" with "capabilities that stand out from other products we've tested."

* 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."

"The readers' choice of Guardium as an SC Magazine Awards finalist shows that organizations care about protecting intellectual property where it matters most - in the database itself," said Ram Metser, Guardium's CEO. "Just as physical data centers require continuous surveillance and extra defense measures, databases also need granular safeguards and automated controls."

The annual SC Magazine Awards have recognized security's key contributors and outstanding products for more than a decade. As the industry's preeminent award program, the individuals, brands and products shortlisted address not only the challenges prominent today, but also the emerging threat landscape of tomorrow.

Winners of this year's awards will be announced at an exclusive awards event to be held in San Francisco on April 8th, 2008.

About SC Magazine

SC Magazine provides IT security professionals with in-depth and unbiased information through timely news, comprehensive analysis, cutting-edge features, contributions from thought leaders and the best, most extensive collection of product reviews in the business. By offering a consolidated view of IT security through independent product tests and well-researched editorial content that provides the contextual backdrop for how these IT security tools will address larger demands put on businesses today, SC Magazine enables IT security pros to make the right security decisions for their companies. The brand's portfolio includes the SC Magazine Awards, SC Directory, SC Magazine Newswire and SC Magazine IT Security Executives Forums.

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.

1 Source: "The Forrester Wave[TM]: Enterprise Database Auditing and Real-Time Protection, Q4 2007" (October 2007). The Forrester Wave is copyrighted by Forrester Research, Inc. Forrester and Forrester Wave are trademarks of Forrester Research, Inc.
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