December 9, 2023

IBM has acquired Polar Security, an innovator in technology that helps discover, continuously monitor, and secure cloud and SaaS application data and addresses the growing shadow data problem.

This is IBM’s 5th acquisition in 2023. Due to the increase in cloud adoption, leading to more silos and shadow data are sensitive data, not being tracked or managed.

Polar Security, established in 2021, is a data security posture management (DSPM). An agentless platform that can find unknown and sensitive data across the cloud, including structured and unstructured assets within cloud service providers, SaaS properties, and data lakes.


Once discovered, Polar Security classifies the data, maps the potential and actual flow of that data, and identifies vulnerabilities, such as misconfigurations, over-entitlements, and behavior that violates policy or regulations.

Based on a risk-based prioritization methodology, Polar Security provides remediation reports that pinpoint the most pressing security risks and compliance violations and provides an analysis of the underlying causes and practical recommendations to address them.

With the acquisition and integration of Polar Security’s DPSM technology, IBM Security Guardium will provide security teams with a data security platform that spans all data types across all storage locations – SaaS, on premise and in public cloud infrastructure.

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