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Scorpion two-factor authentication buy feeds exploding Australian cloud demand: Kaseya

Fully 60 per cent of new Australian business by IT-management company Kaseya has come from cloud-related business, the company's local head has revealed as it announced the acquisition of Canadian identity and access management (IAM) vendor Scorpion Software.

Founded in 2003, Scorpion released its AuthAnvil password management tools two years ago to provide full integration with Kaseya's management platform, with subsequent enhancements expanding the scope of the solution to include two-factor authentication (TFA) management for cloud-based services.

AuthAnvil SoftToken, for example, allows the dynamic generation of one-time passwords to better manage remote user access. Further integration of its newly acquired tools will allow Kaseya to build an identity management as a service (IDaaS) offering that it will be able to market to integrators and customers throughout Australia and elsewhere.

“As we evolve IT management, our perspective on the industry is that IT management is moving into the cloud,” regional managing director Dermot McCann told CSO Australia.

“The access layer will support the myriad access management or support capabilities required, and this will allow our existing enterprise and service-provider customers to have TFA capabilities built into the Kaseya platform.”

TFA has become an increasingly popular method of protecting cloud-based applications, with regular security breaches pushing many cloud providers towards offering TFA as a form of increased security.

Given the strong interest in cloud solutions shown this year by Australian customers, McCann believes they will rapidly grow to dominate and steer the market moving forward.

“About 40 per cent of our business is still on-premise,” he explained, “but as we continue to evolve our products and technologies, some of those new acquisitions will only be available on the cloud.”

Kaseya also recently purchased Traverse – which provides cloud and service level management – and 365 Command, which provides Office 365 administration. All up, the company reports more than 2000 cloud-based customers

“Having another layer of security on there is going to appeal from a BYOD and device management perspective. Security is such an evolving threat landscape that you have to stay ahead of it. No one technology is going to be the deciding factor, but the context is all around this increasing IT management cloud.”

This article is brought to you by Enex TestLab, content directors for CSO Australia.

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