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Summary

BT has announced the integration of CA Secure Cloud into its new managed identity service offering, BT Assure Cloud Identity. BT can now provide identity-based services following the cloud delivery model to clients: managing identity and access to enterprise customers’ data and services hosted in the cloud and on-premise. Cloud-based identity service offerings have the potential to strengthen existing enterprise service offerings, but their success will depend on the strength of the identity management infrastructure supporting these services.

CA Secure Cloud is core to BT’s Assure Cloud Identity offering

BT’s announcement on the deployment of CA Secure Cloud is welcome. It emphasizes the assets that CA Technologies can offer to the telecoms vertical. In our report Ovum Decision Matrix: Selecting an Identity Management Solution for the Telecoms Industry, Ovum identified CA Technologies as a market leader. CA Technologies’ identity management portfolio scored highly for the completeness and maturity of its solution, as well as for the execution of its strategy and its market impact.

CA Secure Cloud, previously known as CA CloudMinder, is CA Technologies’ cloud-based identity and access management solution for managed services providers. It comprises the CA Identity Manager, CA Advanced Authentication, and the CA Single Sign-On products, and is delivered as a cloud service. CA Technologies has succeeded in deploying a cloud-based identity management offering that serves telcos’ internal operations and enhance their managed services offerings for their enterprise customers.

BT is fast developing its identity-based services portfolio. BT Assure Cloud identity is a recent addition to its BT Assure Identity service offerings that are delivered as part of its managed security services offering. The telco provides identity and online fraud detection services such as identity authentication and verification to multinational customers. The BT URU (You are You) service is offered to enterprises to reduce online fraud.

Identity services remain a revenue-growth opportunity for top-tier telcos. AT&T, Orange, and Verizon are examples of telcos that have been actively building their identity services portfolios. Verizon, for example, continues to invest in the development of its Universal Identity Service. Extending services to include the protection and management of identity and access to data and services hosted in the cloud and on-premise makes for competitive offerings.

Appendix

Further reading

Ovum Decision Matrix: Selecting an Identity Management Solution for the Telecoms Industry,IT0024-000106 (October 2014)

Ovum Decision Matrix: Selecting a Global Telco Managed Security Services Provider, TE007-000800 (September 2014)

Case Study: Verizon’s Universal Identity Services, IT0024-000089 (September 2014)

Author

Adaora Okeleke, Analyst, Telecoms Operations and IT

adaora.okeleke@ovum.com

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