If CA Technologies has its way, hardware-based authentication technologies soon will be heading for extinction. CA Technologies today acquired Arcot Systems, a provider of a software-only approach to authentication that is delivered via the cloud. The value of the Arcot deal was $200 million.
According to Dave Hansen, general manager for the security business unit at CA Technologies, hardware-based authentication won't scale at a time when applications such as mobile e-commerce are demanding more robust approaches to security. Hansen said the Arcot approach will bolster CA Technologies' ambitions to provide authentication services from the cloud, to the cloud and in the cloud.
The Arcot service, for example, is offered as an application download to a smartphone. Hansen said he expects financial and retail organizations to lead adoption of cloud-based software-only approaches to authentication.
With mobile computing, security is a crisis waiting to happen. But as applications increasingly move to the cloud, it looks like a large portfolio of security products will quickly follow.