Centrify Drives Significant Momentum in EMEA Following Explosive Demand for Mobile and Cloud-Based Security
$42 million in funding and increased adoption of IDaaS spur accelerated expansion
LONDON, UK — 4 June, 2014 — Centrify Corporation, the leader in unified identity services across data centre, cloud and mobile, today announced that it has expanded in Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA), doubling the company’s headcount in the region and growing its partner channel by 139%. This includes the introduction of a dedicated sales team for its Identity-as-a-Service (IDaaS) unit, as well as the appointment of key executives, including Kamel Heus as the new Regional Sales Manager and Samir Kirouani as Pre-Sales Engineer for Middle East and Africa, reflecting the company’s growth strategy and broadening its local presence in these regions.
Centrify has recruited a number of additional partners across EMEA, expanding its channel by 46 new partners. These include Nebulas, Quru, Somerford Associates, SecurityMatterz and AT Computers in the UK. The company has further expanded in EMEA East and the DACH region (Germany, Austria, and Switzerland), building new partnerships with Fujitsu Technology Solutions, Science+Computing (a Bull Group Company), Cross Media and Mint. Centrify has also recruited three new Value Added Distributors, Hermitage Solutions in France, IREO in Spain and Portugal, and Inforte in Turkey.
Fuelled by the explosive demand for mobile and cloud based security, Centrify is keen to capitalise on the appetite for IDaaS. “As businesses take a more mobile-centric approach to work, managing corporate data is becoming problematic. Given that mobile devices are predominantly used for accessing apps, Centrify is addressing identity needs for both on-premise and cloud environments, and looking to further expand its partner base with specialist cloud integrators and enablers,” says EMEA Director, Darren Gross.
“Traditional identity and access management software is no longer the only answer as the trend for cloud-based security services soar. A recent poll conducted by Centrify showed that 94 per cent of IT security professionals are now using third party apps on their mobile. With so many apps being accessed across a multitude of platforms, there is now a greater need for unified, secure identity across your on-premise and cloud-based resources. The demand for these services has enabled us to expand our team and our reach across EMEA, and will be instrumental in our future growth,” adds Darren Gross.
Nick Garlick, Managing Director of Nebulas, the UK’s largest independent cyber security specialist and recently appointed partner of Centrify, adds: “As security becomes more and more complex, the ability to manage and secure information across multiple devices has meant that organisations are having to rethink their security strategy. Centrify’s approach to unified identity and the ability to provide streamlined security across platforms both in the cloud and on-premise fits perfectly with our existing security portfolio. More importantly, it fits with our customers and reflects their change in priorities as organisations become more mobile.”
Having recently announced $42 million in funding from strategic investors Samsung Ventures, Fortinet Inc. and NTT DOCOMO Capital, and its partnership with Samsung to provide key enabling technology for Samsung’s KNOX mobile platform, Centrify will continue to bolster its strategic growth in EMEA.
Centrify provides unified identity services across data center, cloud and mobile environments that result in single sign-on (SSO) for users and a simplified identity infrastructure for IT. Centrify’s unified identity management software and cloud-based Identity-as-a-Service (IDaaS) solutions leverage an organization’s existing identity infrastructure to enable single sign-on, multi-factor authentication, privileged identity management, auditing for compliance and mobile, and mobile device management. Centrify customers can typically reduce their total cost of identity management and compliance by more than 50 percent, while improving business agility and overall security. Centrify is used by more than 5,000 customers worldwide, including approximately half of the Fortune 50 and more than 60 Federal agencies.
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