IBM Guardium DSPM (Data security posture management)

Discover shadow data, analyze data flow, and uncover vulnerabilities across your cloud and SaaS applications to reduce potential data security risks.

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Address data security posture management with IBM Guardium® DSPM. Provide compliance and security teams with essential visibility and insights to help ensure your company's sensitive data is secure and compliant with relevant security policies.

Take control of your data security in the cloud

Your data travels far and wide, but it doesn't have to expose your enterprise to cloud data risks and compliance violations. Take control of your data security in the cloud with our unified data security for cloud workloads (AWS, Azure, GCP) and SaaS applications (SharePoint, OneDrive, Slack, Google Drive, Jira, Confluence and more). Guardium DSPM is your one-stop solution to:

  • Discover shadow data
  • Analyze data flow
  • Uncover data vulnerabilities
  • Automate data mapping and classification (including PII identification)
  • Uncover and help remediate vulnerabilities in underlying data stores

Continuous monitoring from DSPM solutions helps organizations avoid security and compliance issues that often arise from the scale and complexity of using the cloud while shrinking your attack surface and eliminating security blind spots. The agentless plug-and-play solution connects with cloud data stores and SaaS applications within minutes, offering instant value to security professionals, and enabling them to answer critical questions about their cloud data, including data privacy concerns. 

You can elevate your data security posture management strategy and gain confidence in securing your multicloud data with Guardium DSPM .

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Bad data security posture is costly Unintended gaps in data security can lead to costly financial consequences. The annual IBM Cost Of A Data Breach report provides recommendations on steps that can help prevent costly mistakes. Get the 2023 Cost of a Data Breach report 4.45

4.45 million is the average cost of a data breach in USD.


of data breaches involved data stored in cloud environments.


of breached data is stored across multiple types of environments, including public, private and hybrid clouds and on premises.

Benefits Eliminate exposed data

Strengthen access controls and permissions to ensure your data is securely shared only with the intended recipients, and is inaccessible to people with unauthorized
access. Reduce data security risks by removing any sensitive data assets that could potentially be exposed by your cloud providers (such as AWS, GCP and Azure) or
within your SaaS apps (such as Google Drive, OneDrive, Slack, Salesforce and others).

Prevent data leakage

Safeguard and prioritize your organization’s data by keeping it out of the wrong hands. Keep a close watch on the movement of your sensitive information as it flows between different cloud environments and various SaaS apps. 

Monitor data flows

Efficiently and accurately oversee data flows between countries to help ensure regulatory compliance that requires regional data retention. Identify pertinent providers and their responsible parties to halt such data flow and maintain continuous data compliance.

Reduce 3rd party exposure

Gain a thorough perspective on third-party vendors, who can access your organization's cloud workloads. Swiftly determine which vendors have access to sensitive data and whether they possess the necessary security controls and certifications to manage such information. Enhance access control and evaluate whether maintaining or excluding their data access is appropriate, which helps streamline risk assessments associated with external vendors.


Use cases

Data visibility Uncover the presence of shadow data, a phenomenon that is rapidly expanding within your cloud workloads and SaaS apps. This type of data, which is often unnoticed but potentially impactful, poses a growing concern as it proliferates throughout your digital ecosystem. Identifying, addressing and classifying these hidden data repositories (including unstructured data) is essential for maintaining a secure and efficient digital environment.

Data movement Dive into a comprehensive analysis of both potential and actual data flows within the cloud environments. This step encompasses the intricate pathways through which data traverses, including its origins, destinations and the mechanisms governing its movement. Understanding and monitoring these data flows are paramount in ensuring data security, optimizing performance and meeting compliance requirements. By scrutinizing these aspects, organizations can gain valuable insights, proactively address any vulnerabilities  in their cloud data security and enhance the overall management of their cloud-native data resources.

Data protection Dive deep into your data and compliance posture to unveil any hidden vulnerabilities. This extends to scrutinizing the intricate layers of data discovery and management as well as regulatory adherence within your organization. By meticulously assessing these aspects, you can proactively identify weaknesses and gaps that may exist in your data security and compliance framework. Uncovering these vulnerabilities empowers you to take swift and effective measures to fortify your data protection strategies and ensure a resilient compliance posture, ultimately safeguarding sensitive information and mitigating potential security risks.
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  • Fast,easy, and cloud-native deployment that takes few minutes to deploy.
  • Automatically discovers your sensitive data across all cloud environments and SaaS applications, including shadow data.
  • Classify personal, identifiable, financial, development sensitivites and maintain your data sovereignty. Your data remains in your account and region.
  • Improve the security and compliance posture of your sensitive data and align with security best practices and compliance regulations, such as GDPR, CCPA, HIPPA and PCI.
  • Continuously identify potential and actual access of internal and external users and identities to your sensitive data
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Resources Guardium DSPM data sheet

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EMA DSPM Market Brief

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Which cloud provider does Guardium DSPM support?

Guardium Insights SaaS DSPM supports all major cloud providers, such as Amazon Web Services (AWS), Google Cloud Platform (GCP), and Microsoft Azure.
The Guardium Insights SaaS DSPM Analyzer component is deployed in a customer’s own cloud account with appropriate permissions and configuration.

Can Guardium DSPM run on premises or as a software deployment?

No, Guardium Insights SaaS DSPM runs exclusively in a SaaS model.

Do I need any other Guardium products to use Guardium DSPM?

No, you do not need any other Guardium products to use Guardium’s DSPM tool.

Can Guardium DSPM address regulatory compliance?

While Guardium’s DSPM tool does not focus on specific mandates such as GDPR, HIPAA, CCPA, and others, it does provide capabilities that help organizations identify potential misconfigurations that could impact data privacy. These capabilities can help maintain compliance with relevant regulations.

Related use cases Data security and protection

Looking to get central visibility into how critical data is being accessed and used across hybrid environments? Take a look at how Guardium Insight SaaS can safeguard data and enhance IT flexibility in today’s multicloud environments.

Data compliance

Looking for help to meet complex data compliance requirements? Take a look at the easy-to-use workflows in Guardium Insights that help you meet compliance needs quickly.

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