EMC Bolsters RSA Identity Management With Aveksa Purchase

Tom Brewster is TechWeek Europe's Security Correspondent. He has also been named BT Information Security Journalist of the Year in 2012 and 2013.

RSA pushing ahead with its intelligence-led approach to security

EMC has given its RSA security division a boost with the acquisition of Aveksa, an identity and access management (IAM) vendor.

Analysts believe RSA was in need of a boost, as it looks to compete with the slew of cloud-focused identity management providers emerging on the scene, such as Okta and Identropy.

Terms of the deal were undisclosed.

RSA gets a Big Data boost

Art coviello RSARSA is building out a Big Data-driven security strategy, which relies on context-driven systems. That’s where Aveksa comes in, as it hopes the rich profiles it creates will ensure only specified users can access corporate assets.

When plugged into RSA’s vast intelligence systems, and its Security Analytics solution, that should give customers like banks more reliable threat detection.

“The partner is right because of its business focused approach to IAM and its identity as a service (IDaaS) capabilities,” said Ovum’s principal security analyst Andy Kellett.

“The requirement for RSA to extend out and offer a more complete IAM solution is right and in our opinion long overdue.”

RSA executive chairman Art Coviello (pictured) added: “The adoption of cloud-based IT infrastructures and the pervasive use of mobile means that security organisations are being asked to secure and provide access to assets they don’t own, manage, or control.”

“Without the deep intelligence able to provide insight into what users should and should not have access to, traditional tools that simply automate IAM leave organisations exposed to the risk of excessive privilege, data breaches and regulatory non-compliance.”

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