Encryption solutions to secure your data and your business

IBM Security® Guardium® Data Encryption consists of a unified suite of products built on a common infrastructure. These highly scalable modular solutions, which can be deployed individually or in combination, provide data encryption, tokenization, data masking and key management capabilities to help protect and control access to data across the hybrid multicloud environment. Address data security and privacy regulations such as GDPR, CCPA, PCI DSS and HIPAA by employing methods to de-identify data, such as tokenization and data masking, and managing the encryption key lifecycle with secure key generation and automated key rotation.

Encryption with IBM Security Guardium

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Keep the keys to the kingdom and boost your cloud security

Learn how to take ownership of your encryption keys to protect your data in the cloud. 

Why Guardium

Customers realize value quickly with the full set of Guardium features

reduction in audit prep with automated compliance audit and reporting

billion security events per day in 130+ countries monitored by IBM for constant vigilance

hours of DBA time saved with automated processes


Protect data across environments

Protect your data wherever it resides and help organizations secure their cloud migration.

Address compliance requirements

Address compliance with strong data encryption, robust user access policies, data access audit logging and key management capabilities.

Reduce administrative effort

Centralize encryption and encryption key configuration and policy management through an intuitive web-based interface.


Which Security Guardium Data Encryption products fit your organization?

Guardium® for Application Encryption

Access DevSecOps-friendly software tools in a solution that is flexible enough to encrypt nearly any type of data passing through an application. Protecting data at the application layer can provide the highest level of security, as it takes place immediately upon data creation or first processing and can remain encrypted regardless of the state—during transfer, use, backup or copy.

Guardium® for Container Data Encryption

This extension to Guardium for File and Database Encryption delivers container-aware data protection and encryption capabilities for granular data access controls and data access logging in containerized environments.

Guardium® for Tokenization

Utilize application-level tokenization and dynamic display security to secure and anonymize sensitive assets whether they reside in the data center, big data environments or the cloud. Because it uses standard protocols and environment bindings, Guardium for Tokenization requires minimal software engineering and can be deployed as an appliance in your virtual format of choice.


IBM Security Guardium product family

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What is data encryption?

Find out how data encryption works, why it’s critical, it’s key capabilities and more.

Encryption: Protect your most critical data

Learn how encryption can help safeguard your data against threats and address compliance.

Security Intelligence blog

Read the latest thought leadership on regulatory compliance, data protection, encryption and more.

A guide to FHE

Learn how fully homomorphic encryption enables computation and collaboration while preserving privacy.

Product documentation

Find answers quickly in IBM product documentation.

Guardium user community

Our user community has over 13,000 members. We work together to overcome the toughest challenges of cybersecurity.

Frequently asked questions

Get answers to common questions

What is encryption?

Encryption is the process that scrambles readable text so it can only be read by a person who has access to the encryption key.

Why is data encryption important?

Encryption helps protect private information and other sensitive data, whether the host is online or offline, and even in the event of a breach. As long as the encryption key is secured, the
encrypted data remains protected against unauthorized users.

How do encryption keys work?

Encryption keys are used by the encryption algorithm to “lock” the data during an encoding process such that the data cannot be “unlocked” without access to the encryption key. Encryption keys
are generally kept private. Proper key management is a key factor in keeping your data secure.

Why is encryption key management important?

The loss of any one key can mean that the data it protects will also be lost. It is important to track, manage and protect keys from accidental loss or compromise. Fortunately, GDE automates and
manages the entire encryption key lifecycle.

What is tokenization?

Tokenization is a form of data protection that retains the same type and length of the original data (such as a credit card number) but replaces it with a bogus equivalent called a token. This approach can be used to retain the format of the original data without incurring the risk of exposure.

What is data masking?

Data masking is the general replacement of a character of data with another character of data. An example of masking would be converting 123-45-6789 into ***-**-6789.

What is cryptographic erasure?

The strength of encryption is based on the idea that encrypted data cannot be decrypted without the encryption key. This also means that if the key is intentionally destroyed, the encrypted data can never be decrypted and is effectively made useless. This process is called cryptographic erasure.

What is a hardware security module (HSM)?

An HSM is a computing device or cloud service that generates, secures and manages encryption keys, performs encryption/decryption and other cryptographic functions. It acts as a root of trust for organizations looking for the highest level of security for their encrypted data and encryption keys.

Next steps

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