Oracle is acquiring Passlogix, which adds enterprise single sign-on technology to its advanced identity management and security offerings.
Oracle will buy single sign-on vendor Passlogix to boost
its security portfolio, the company said Oct. 5.
Expected to close by the end of this year, the financial
terms were not disclosed.
"Driven by regulatory mandates, organizations are being
pressured to provide stronger authentication mechanisms while reducing the
number of passwords required," Amit Jasuja, an Oracle vice president, said in a
Passlogix products enable single sign-on on a broad range
of applications including client-server, mainframe and Web-based applications.
The products are used across multiple industries, including financial services,
government and retail.
Oracle has been reselling Passlogix as the Oracle Enterprise
Single Sign-On Suite, a component of the Oracle Identity Management Suite,
since 2006 as part of an OEM relationship. Passlogic products already integrate
with Oracle Identity Manager, Oracle Access Manager and Oracle Internet
Directory, said Marc Boroditsky, Passlogix CEO.
Oracle and Passlogix
have many of the same customers,
With the acquisition, Oracle can more tightly mesh the
Passlogix technology with its security products, and expand its single sign-on
and network authentication capabilities to other platforms, Oracle said.
Customers will have a complete identity management
solution that offers simple, yet secure, access to all Oracle applications using
strong authentication and enhanced privacy controls, the company wrote in a
letter to its customers.
Enterprises are looking for "tight, out-of-the box
integration across access management and security components" that provide
advanced security, Oracle said.
"Single sign-on requirements are moving from traditional
PC-based platforms to mobile devices and the cloud, making paramount the need
for a flexible, lightweight, easy-to-deploy solution that can run anywhere and
on any platform," Oracle wrote in a FAQ document that accompanied the announcement.
With Passlogix, Oracle can deliver a comprehensive
software stack that spans Web access management, identity administration,
entitlements management, fraud prevention, directory services, platform
security services, enterprise single sign-on, and strong network
authentication, according to Oracle.
The integration will provide enterprises with new
capabilities, including strong network authentication that supports a variety
of credential types and support for modern architectures and devices, cloud deployment
and newer browsers, according to Oracle.
Oracle is positioning itself as a virtual one-stop shop
for enterprises. The Sun Microsystems deal
gave Oracle the hardware assets
required to deliver integrated systems, and with Passlogix, the security
component is strengthened. This is not the only security buy
this year, as
Oracle scooped up Secerno and its database firewall technology
Oracle refused to comment on future product road maps,
saying only that they are under review. Business should "continue as usual" for
Passlogix partners and customers, said Oracle, and support questions should
continue to go to Passlogix.
Current Passlogix employees will join Oracle after the
"With the addition of Passlogix, we expect to provide
a complete enterprise-scale identity management solution and be able to provide
more global reach and support resources to customers," said Jasuja.