EMC acquires Aveksa

Summary:EMC wants Aveksa's technology to help create "situational perimeters" across enterprise and cloud environments that line-of-business, not IT, controls.

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Multinational storage company EMC announced this morning that it has acquired Aveksa, the privately-held U.S. security company that specializes in identity and access management.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Effective immediately, the smaller company will operate within EMC's RSA security division, specifically the Identity Trust Management product group. It will remain in Waltham, Mass.

EMC suggested that it wants to scale Aveksa's user management approach across the enterprise, particularly in the cloud and on mobile devices.

"The model for each user has shifted from a single authentication to an enterprise network, to dozens of authentications to applications and related data, from multiple user devices, across cloud and on-premise infrastructures," EMC said in the press release. "The task of ensuring that the right users get access to appropriate company resources has traditionally been IT-driven...[but] the lack of intelligence and business context has led to increased risk of data breaches, non-compliance and excessive privilege."

Ouch.

RSA-Aveksa takes a more of line-of-business, rather than IT, approach involving a unified dashboard and the option of on-premise or software-as-a-service deployment. The company calls the concept "situational perimeters," and sees opportunity in a number of industries, including financial services, healthcare, retail, energy, telecommunications, transportation and manufacturing.

Topics: Security, Start-Ups, Storage

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