SafeNet: outsource authentication
Security firm works with regional service providers to establish authentication service
SafeNet is currently working with a number of regional service providers to establish its SafeNet Authentication service as an authentication as a service offering, according to Sebastien Pavie, Regional Sales Director, MEA at security solutions provider SafeNet. “Authentication as a service is really the next step for the IT industry. If you listen to Gartner, by 2015 they say that more than half of enterprise organisations globally will be using two factor authentication which has really become a broadly used commodity. Companies will be using it as a server, no longer on premise as a server, which is more and more becoming the old fashioned way,” says Pavie.
Authentication as a service can be used with cloud, to authenticate a user more strongly than just a username and password for any application that requires authentication, according to SafeNet and with the fast growth of cloud applications it definitely applies. “In some cases authentication as a service is more relevant in the cloud because your data in the cloud is very exposed and requires key access for sensitive data, so the security aspect becomes even more important to make sure that data employees are accessing does not end up in the wrong hands even though it is in such an exposed cloud environment. Any application that requires authentication would be relevant,” says Pavie.
SafeNet is seeing a growing demand for cloud services in the region, with estimations that the cloud services market will grow seven to eight times its current levels over the next five to six years in the Middle East.
“The adoption of clouds started a bit slower in the region when compared to the US or some European countries, but now I think it is catching up rapidly for the obvious reasons of cost effectiveness, flexibility, and elasticity. But also because I think there is a better awareness of the security tools that you can use to keep your data secure even though you are putting it in virtualised or cloud environments.”