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Monday, 14 May 2018 18:35

Centrify selects Vectra to push identity platform in ANZ market

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US-based global security vendor Centrify has appointed Vectra Corporation as a reseller for its identity management platform in Australia and New Zealand.

Vectra says it sees a strong opportunity for Centrify’s Identity and Access Management and Privileged Identity Management products in Australia, due to the new Notifiable Data Breach law and to assist financial services organisations to reduce identity risk as the Federal Government-appointed Financial Services Royal Commission scrutinises the industry.

Poor identity management is the cause of many data breaches, according to Verizon’s 2017 Data Breach Investigation Report, which found that 81 per cent of hacking-related breaches leveraged either stolen and/or weak passwords.

Centrify’s solution, which converges Identity-as-a-Service, enterprise mobility management and privileged access management, is used by more than 5000 organisations globally, including more than half the Fortune 100 in the US. Centrify has a well-established customer base in Australia and New Zealand.

Vectra, a national cyber security solutions and services provider that helps business fight cyber crime, protect data and reduce security risk, has strength in industry sectors including financial services, health, government and the defence sector.

Centrify senior director APAC Sales, Niall King, said Vectra had the experience and expertise to open new doors for the Centrify security platform in Australia and New Zealand. “Vectra can introduce Centrify to enterprise customers that can benefit from our identity management solutions,” he said.

“Vectra’s strength in financial services will help Centrify to extend its presence in that sector.”

Vectra Corporation managing director Chris Smerdon said the Centrify identity management platform offered vital protection. “Protecting identity is the key to security in the age of access,” he said.

“It’s all about reducing risk without restricting access. With its Zero Trust Security model, which assumes that users inside a network are no more trustworthy than those outside the network, Centrify verifies every user, validates their devices, and limits access and privilege.

“For example, the current Royal Commission into Misconduct in the Banking, Superannuation and Financial Services Industry is showing organisations that if they don’t understand their exposure to risk, they are inviting breaches to occur. You can see the long-term implications for executives in organisations who ignore that risk – heads will roll.

“The large banks are quite concerned about what's coming out of that process. As financial services organisations seek to mitigate their risk, we expect more and more security opportunities to come out of  that process. Centrify offers a great platform to drive out risk from identity management.”


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Peter Dinham

Peter Dinham - retired in 2020. He is a veteran journalist and corporate communications consultant. He has worked as a journalist in all forms of media – newspapers/magazines, radio, television, press agency and now, online – including with the Canberra Times, The Examiner (Tasmania), the ABC and AAP-Reuters. As a freelance journalist he also had articles published in Australian and overseas magazines. He worked in the corporate communications/public relations sector, in-house with an airline, and as a senior executive in Australia of the world’s largest communications consultancy, Burson-Marsteller. He also ran his own communications consultancy and was a co-founder in Australia of the global photographic agency, the Image Bank (now Getty Images).

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