Brisbane-based security solutions newcomer Identikey has sunk a raft of candidates to become the new security delivery platform for European e-business developer, Computer Associates EMEA.
Computer Associates EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa) chose Identikey for its application-based security, after spending three months evaluating various security devices, including SecureID, various smart cards and other authentication methods.
The agreement with Computer Associates will see Identikey security built into the e-commerce Web sites of Computer Associates' customers.
Identikey's chief operating officer, Peter David, said the Identikey product is unique because it focuses on security for applications rather than networks.
"Now that applications are being run over the Internet, security for applications is becoming a major issue," David said. "In the past it was relegated to the back office and all the security you needed was a simple firewall. Now security is becoming the framework and there is no one component, but a matrix of components."
CEO Mark Kefford, who founded the company in June this year, developed the Identikey product last year on behalf of a national real estate agency to ensure the security of its training extranet.
David said the main customers of Identikey will be large enterprise groups, with a large number of remote staff or trading partners.
"It could be governments, it could be franchise groups, it could be companies with trading relationships or a large number of commercial relationships. Basically, anyone who has to provide access to information via the Internet, but needs to protect that information."
David believes customers are looking for functionality and ease of use in a security system.
He claims this is Identikey's advantage, because the system relies on a personal identification number or digital signature rather than complicated customer profiles and passwords.
"Customers are after simplicity and confidence. Identikey is PIN-protected so you don't have complex customer cards. Some security systems are so complicated you have to write it on a piece of paper, and that defeats the purpose."
David said the Computer Associates deal would kick-start Identikey's plans for European expansion, with the aim to establish a European office of at least six staff, including three Australians, by the end of the first quarter next year.
"Long term - in two to three years - we would like to establish the Identikey brand globally. To do that we need to do some capital raising. We'll probably list on the European exchange because we're better known there through our work with CeBIT, which is like a European version of Comdex. We haven't dealt with the US yet and we probably won't until 2001, because there's so much going on in Australia and Europe."
David added that in Australia Identikey is looking to expand its network of channel partners.
Interested VARs or systems integrators should call Michael Daniel, the Asia-Pacific channels manager, on (07) 3236 5050.