Centrify’s Next Strategic Step Forward with Thoma Bravo

I am pleased as CEO and co-founder of Centrify to announce that Centrify has entered into a definitive agreement whereby Thoma Bravo, a leading high-growth private investment firm with a significant track record in cybersecurity, will acquire a majority interest in Centrify from our current venture capital investors led by Mayfield, Accel, Jackson Square Ventures and Index Ventures. We couldn’t be more thrilled to partner with this world class investor who has invested in other great cybersecurity companies like SailPoint, McAfee, Barracuda and others. We believe that this transaction optimally positions us to accelerate our pace of innovation in the…

A Ticking Time Bomb: Understanding and Securing the Next Generation of Workers

It’s sometimes easy to forget that the younger employees of today are the managers of tomorrow. If we fail to understand how they use technology and perceive security and privacy, it will have a major bearing on the workforce of the future, and the long-term ability of organisations to withstand cyber threats. To shed some light on the issue, Centrify recently commissioned new in-depth research drawing on interviews with not only 1,000 UK office workers aged 18-24, but also 500 senior decision makers. At a central London event last week, we gained some fascinating extra insight into how the next…

It’s Time for Managers to Lead Security by Example, Not Blame Younger Workers

The age gap is something that all organisations over the years have had to deal with in one way or another. But the flood of consumer-grade technologies into the workplace in recent years has arguably widened that gap even further. To learn more, Centrify recently polled not only 1,000 UK office workers aged 18-24 but also 500 senior decision makers. We found that the next-generation workforce is unfairly blamed for a range of perceived security issues, when in fact managers are the worst offenders. To enable newer, more flexible and agile ways of working demanded by younger employees, organisations must…

Making Smarter Access Control Decisions

Hey Siri, block that attacker, please Wouldn’t it be great if Siri, Alexa, or Google Assistant had the intelligence to figure out malicious intent, govern access to our sensitive corporate data, and alert us in real time when something dodgy was going on? Well, they do leverage modern machine learning and AI to make “intelligent” decisions, but they’re clearly not designed for enterprise-grade security. At Centrify, though, we’re using AI and machine learning concepts to develop Next-Gen Access security to do just that. Only it’s not in a soft, cute, platonic solid form factor that sits on your desk….yet. As part…

Zero Trust Security and DevOps Take the Crown at AWS Public Sector Summit 2018

Last week, Amazon Web Services hosted its AWS Public Sector Summit in Washington, DC. In its 9th year, the event attracted thousands of global leaders and IT security practitioners from government, education, and non-profit organizations to learn how to start their path to the cloud or how to maintain momentum once they’ve begun the transformation. BULLISH OUTLOOK FOR CLOUD ADOPTION IN GOVERNMENT The meeting rooms and exhibit hall were humming and regularly required the organizer to cordon off access to the different floors due to reaching the facility’s capacity. The dramatic increase in attendees compared to prior years illustrates the…

Cyber Risk Insights from the AIG 2017 Cyber Insurance Review

I read with interest AIG’s 2017 Cyber Insurance Review. In a one sentence summary: cyber insurance claims are up, due to systemic ransomware and wiper malware attacks, the cyber business is booming, but we are still early in the market evolution. Reading the report prompted me to ask three questions regarding Cyber Insurance: How well do insurance brokers understand cyber risk and cyber insurance? What percentage of businesses shopping for cyber insurance truly understand their cyber loss exposure in quantitative terms, and conversely how well do brokers understand their exposure What security controls and policies do businesses have in place…

Centrify Named a Visionary in the 2018 Magic Quadrant for Access Management, Worldwide

Download the 2018 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Access Management Centrify has been named a Visionary by Gartner, Inc. in the 2018 Magic Quadrant for Access Management, Worldwide. According to Gartner, “visionaries are noted for their innovative approach to access management technology, methodology and/or means of delivery.” We believe being recognized as a visionary in access management is a testament to the progress Centrify has made in delivering an innovative and class-leading solution while validating Centrify’s position as a top vendor in the access management market. Centrify’s innovative approach to access management is rooted in our Zero Trust Security approach and…

Identity-Based Security Comes of Age at Infosec18

The annual Infosecurity Europe (Infosec) show was back again at the start of June even bigger and better than before. This year it was heartening to see so many businesses come to realise that an identity-based approach to cybersecurity is one of the best ways to keep regulators happy and threats at bay while driving adoption of agile cloud deployments. It all made our Zero Trust Security approach an easy sell as we engaged with customers and prospects. An oasis of calm Infosec has been running now for over two decades, but I’ve never before seen it on quite such…

LIVE BLOG: SecurIT Zero Trust Summit

REGISTER BELOW FOR THE LIVE STREAM! Welcome to the live blog from SecurIT: the Zero Trust Summit for CIOs and CISOs. SecurIT is an all-day industry event at Terra Gallery in San Francisco. This blog will be a frequently-updated chronology of highlights from the day, including notable quotes, photos, and other interesting details that we hope a remote audience will find useful in their Zero Trust journeys. If you’re new to Zero Trust, it might be helpful to visit https://www.centrify.com/zero-trust-security/ to learn more about this concept, which is enabling a complete rethink of security. The old adage of ‘trust, but…

Centrify Launches Zero Trust Security Network Ecosystem

The world has changed. I’m not sure if it was the HBO breach, Equifax, Yahoo, or one of the many breaches since, but after one of those we at Centrify realized it was one breach too many. As we looked at how the breaches were increasing in number, size, and severity we knew we had to do something different. How could we better protect our customers who are struggling under the weight of thousands of passwords and hundreds of ways to access applications/devices/servers? The answer lies in Zero Trust Security. The idea that we can no longer trust anyone attempting…