IT management gorilla CA Technologies is expanding its security portfolio with the purchase of Xceedium, an identity management vendor. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Xceedium provides a privileged identity management solution for hybrid environments, enabling IT departments to monitor and protect environments that straddle on-premises and cloud environments.

Privileged Identity Management (PIM) is defined the monitoring and protection of superuser accounts in an organization's IT environment.

“Identity management is really the security discipline of determining and enforcing appropriate access. This especially applies to the need to control and manage the credentials and activities of privileged users who have unfettered access to high-value systems that store and process sensitive information. Given the increased sophistication of attackers, this arms race of attacks is unlikely to abate," Nick Nikols, SVP for Product Management Security at NYC-based CA Technologies told CMSWire.

He said the acquisition supports CA’s strategy of maintaining a strong presence in the identity-centric security space.

Xceedium's Strengths

Once the deal is closed, Nikols boasts CA will have the most comprehensive identity management portfolio on the market.

With unified policy management, Xceedium's Xsuite enables the administration of security controls across systems, whether they reside in a traditional data center, a private cloud, on public cloud infrastructure or a combination of environments

With it, CA will be able to offer control over both privileged identities and over access to system processes, console and individual files, he said.

Deployed as a physical or virtual appliance or as an Amazon machine image, Xsuite offers scalability and what Nikols described as relatively easy deployment.

The Xsuite platform will be integrated with the CA Privileged Identity Manager to offer access controls across hybrid cloud deployments.

Xceedium, which was established in 2000, is headquartered in Herndon, Va., and has offices in Jersey City, N.J., and Ottawa, Ontario.