Why CA Technologies Appears Well Set for Mainstream IoT

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2015-11-23 Print this article Print

Why CA Appears Well Set Up for the IoT

The Internet of things is all about continuous delivery, rapid iteration of new and updated software. CA appears ready for that product demand. The API business is another one the New York-based company is banking on for the long term, precisely because all those sensors, all those IT handshakes to be made, and all those devices yet uninvented will need APIs to connect them, and an API management platform to make them work optimally. Thus, the coming of the mainstream IoT bodes well for CA Technologies, which has one of the busiest API products-and-service divisions in the business.

Most of this new development will be in mobile applications. CA acquired Layer 7 in 2013 for its mobile API gateway, which secures and manages enterprise-level mobile APIs. At CA World '15, the company launched a new Live API Creator using the Layer 7 know-how that provides fast access to databases and enables network administrators to stand up a mobile app and deploy it in a mere few minutes. The demo at the conference was one of the most popular of the event.

"Our APIs management tools are core IP for us," Tyson Whitten, CA's director of API management product marketing, told eWEEK. "Our mobile app API services use message querying and are all about engagement in the form of SDKs software development kits). Those who might be interested should check out our site on Github."

CA's Mobile API Gateway empowers enterprises to safely and reliably externalize legacy systems in mobile-ready formats and make it easy for developers to apply strong security to their apps, among other features.

Having the API management and agile development tools already in place gives CA a one-up on most other competitors when it comes to developing apps to use in the IoT.

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Security Another Major Component

Finally, the IoT is also about improving the security of all these transactions, and CA has an app for that, too. The company bought a hot 70-person startup, Xceedium, last August for its privilege access management system, which is already at work in a number of federal government agencies (including the Department of Homeland Security) and Fortune 2000 companies.

"The OPM [the federal Office of Personnel Management], which was widely reported and clearly the biggest breach in human history [with more than 4 million personal records stolen last June], came to us afterwards," Mo Rosen, CA vice president of product management and strategy for privileged access management, who was COO at Xceedium, told eWEEK. "All data breaches happen through using stolen privilege access, we're convinced of that.

"These large, high-profile breaches change the world for everybody. Our product is a next-generation product primarily focused on securing and auditing all privileged accounts, and securing and auditing the activity of all privileged users, because these are the guys who have keys to the kingdom. They have access to everyplace.

"Every breach you have ever read about, always involves—at some point in time in the kill chain—the elevation of privilege and the compromise of a privileged account. Every one you've ever heard," Rosen said.

The big breaches are mostly about stealing credentials from network administrators, Rosen said. These are what Xceedium's secret-sauce platform is designed to monitor and protect.

In summary, CA's main program areas are these: agile development, API management, identity-centric security, mainframes and DevOps. The company now needs to execute efficiently against a bevy of tough competitors in the new application economy.


Chris Preimesberger

Chris Preimesberger is Editor of Features & Analysis at eWEEK. Twitter: @editingwhiz
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