EMC’s RSA Unit Grows IAM Capabilities With Aveksa Buy
The acquisition will give RSA more business-driven identity and access management tools that can span on-premises and cloud environments.EMC is bolstering the identity and access management capability of its RSA security division with the acquisition of Aveksa, a private company whose products offer greater intelligence and business context in determining who gets access to what corporate data. Enhancing the intelligence and business context capabilities in identity and access management (IAM) is increasingly important given the growth of cloud computing, mobility and application-centric computing, and the rising number of devices employees use to access company resources, according to officials with the storage giant. "IAM systems today are akin to an athletic human body with an undeveloped brain. I have not talked with a single customer lately who is satisfied with their current IAM deployment," Nirav Mehta, director of product management, identity and data protection at RSA, wrote in a July 8 posting on the security division's blog site. "IAM must be retooled at its very foundation. We need to add intelligence and business context at the heart of IAM. It all starts with the user. If we get a solid handle on 'who' the user really is in the business context and 'what' they should have access to, all downstream functions like authentication and provisioning will be much more effective." That was the key driver for the Aveksa acquisition, Mehta wrote, adding that the "company and product is built ground up with the notion that ownership of identity management must move from IT departments to primary ownership by business owners."
EMC and RSA announced the acquisition July 8. No financial details were released. Aveksa will become part of RSA's Identity Trust Management product group.