Exterro Acquires Data Discovery

Exterro Acquires Data Discovery Solutions Leader Divebell

Congrats to Exterro with the announcement that Exterro acquires data discovery solutions leader Divebell! Part of the press release is below, full press release is available here.

Exterro Acquires Data Discovery Solutions Leader Divebell

Acquisition provides customers the only solution available to identify, map and understand all organizational data – structured and unstructured – to effectively respond to data governance and legal requirements, including e-discovery, privacy, and enterprise digital forensics and incident response

PORTLAND, Oregon – November 1, 2023 – Exterro, a leading provider of legal governance, risk and compliance (GRC) software, today announced it has acquired Divebell, a best-in-class data discovery SaaS solution.  By combining Divebell’s sophisticated data discovery capabilities with Exterro’s comprehensive legal GRC platform, including its rich information governance workflows, Exterro further solidifies its position as the only company that can help solve the legal, regulatory, and compliance data challenges facing corporations, government organizations and global enterprises. 

With the acquisition, Exterro is poised to revolutionize the way organizations identify, understand and utilize their structured and unstructured data for e-discovery, enterprise digital foresics, data privacy compliance, data security and breach response, as well as emerging AI-related challenges such as AI-related legislation and governance.

“In an era where data-centric regulations are tightening and organizational functions are converging under legal oversight, having an agile, accurate, and all-encompassing platform to automatically identify and contextualize all available corporate data has never been more crucial,” said Bobby Balachandran, Founder and CEO of Exterro.  “This is particularly important as companies manage legal governance, risk, and compliance obligations amid the rapid adoption of AI technologies.  The efficient and effective monitoring of training datasets is imperative to ensure proper data governance and avoid privacy and intellectual property issues.  This acquisition gives organizations the tools they need to understand where their data is coming from and ensures reliable and unbiased outcomes.”

The acquisition builds off of the historical partnership between Exterro and Divebell to supercharge the incorporation of automated data discovery technology into the broader Exterro platform, addressing many key challenges for e-discovery, privacy, and breach response professionals. Examples of use cases where Exterro customers will benefit from this acquisition include:


  • Cross Border Discovery: Easily identify data across various jurisdictions and determine where the data is being transferred across borders.
  • Search Structured Data: Conduct rapid search of structured databases to locate relevant information during legal cases.
  • Data Map for E-Discovery: Streamline the development of a data map that shows the systems and applications in the organization’s environment and the data present in them.
  • Legal Hold Indicators: Enable automatic detection of data under legal hold, providing critical and timely insights to the information security and data governance teams.


  • Compliance with privacy regulations: Enable organizations to automate compliance with complex global privacy laws.
  • Data Retention/Record Retention Compliance: Classify records and operationalize retention policies across systems.

Cybersecurity and Breach Response

  • Data Security Posture Management (DSPM): Maintain a baselined, continuous and accurate picture of where your sensitive data is stored and who has access to it and ensure that deviations from that baseline are quickly remediated.
  • Breach Response: Gain insights into compromised datasets quickly, such as the sensitivity of the data and the individuals affected. 

“In a world where data breaches and privacy issues are on the rise, partnering with Divebell has been one of our most strategic and beneficial decisions, as they have helped us stay updated and compliant with evolving privacy laws.” said Shekar Raman, CEO Birdzi.

Divebell’s data discovery engine has been designed from the ground up to apply advanced statistical and machine learning techniques that analyze large volumes of data in a fast, efficient, extensible manner to help companies use AI responsibly.  Exterro will immediately begin to incorporate its own responsible AI capabilities into Divebell’s data discovery solution, enabling customers to more quickly, inexpensively, and defensibly meet their compliance and legal obligations.

Congrats again to Exterro with the announcement that Exterro acquires data discovery solutions leader Divebell! Impressive!

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