Optiv Security Joins Identity Defined Security Alliance

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Security solution provider heavyweight Optiv Security signed on with the Identity Defined Security Alliance, a collection of vendors led by Ping Identity that developed a blueprint for implementing identity-defined security systems.

By joining the alliance, Optiv can provide its customers with a more complete, more highly integrated set of IT security solutions and services compared with the often-disparate IT security systems many companies operate today, said Robert Block, vice president of identity access management at Denver-based Optiv, in an interview.

"What this alliance allows us to do is bring that higher level of service to our customers," Block said.

[Related: Merger Complete: Optiv Security Officially Launches As Security Solutions Powerhouse]

Optiv is the $1.5 billion security powerhouse created last year through the merger of Accuvant and FishNet Security. The combined companies were No. 26 on the 2015 CRN Solution Provider 500.

Ping Identity develops security technology based on user identities rather than the more traditional approach of using firewalls to build barriers around sensitive systems and information. The Denver-based company's argument is that such approaches don't work in today's increasingly cloud-based, mobile computing world.

"We're trying to connect everything to everything securely," said Ping Identity CEO Andre Durand in an interview. He noted that employees today often work with cloud applications outside corporate firewalls and frequently conduct business using their personal smartphones and mobile devices over unsecured networks.

But Durand noted that adopting the company's "identity infrastructure" approach to security can be a challenge given that it often means implementing and integrating new types of security technologies – often from multiple vendors.

That gave rise to the Identity Defined Security Alliance, formed in October, that includes VMware, cloud access security broker Netskope, and ThreatMetrix, a developer of cloud-based software for authenticating digital personas and transactions.

Through the alliance the companies have integrated their products and developed blueprints and best practices for implementing an identity-based security system. The blueprint and best practices were created based on the experiences of some of Ping's leading customers, Durand said.

"Customers want solutions, not technologies," he said. "Businesses are not always aware of what technologies work well together to provide a comprehensive view of security with the modern challenges that companies are facing with cloud and mobile adoption and the new threats that come with that adoption."

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