MCR scoops RSA gear

Homegrown IT services provider, MCR, has inked a deal with RSA Security in a bid to expand its security practice and offer customers a gaggle of new offerings.

The move further expands MCR’s security practice and positions the company to become a solutions-based service organisation, MCR’s senior security consultant, George Watts, said.

Under the deal, MCR customers get access to: user management, provisioning; access management; authentification; single sign-on; federated identity, Web services; and regulatory compliance.

The identity and access management space (including authentication), in particular, were hot areas to watch in 2004, Watts said.

There was a surge in demand for these types of security solutions, he said.

“There’s a big problem identifying who people area,” Watts said.

The technology helped as it went beyond merely relying on passwords.

Once considered the realm of banks and government, security management – including authentication and identity management – was now needed by a cross-section of businesses (particularly medium-level enterprises) that were seeking ways to protect data, Watts said.

“Remote access is the weak link,” he said.

IT departments were extending the network over the Internet and needed security help. Indeed, given the reliance on remote networks “managing the feedback from security devices on networks is crucial,” Watts said.

“Security departments are drowning from the demands,” he said.

The Spam Act, in particular, was also forcing more liabilities on companies, Watts said.

This highlighted the fact that security management was now an important area to consider.

The news to beef up MCR’s security practice comes in the wake of the company’s posted revenue gains.

MCR’s chief marketing officer, Miles Liversage, ut a dent in the notion the IT services business was going backwards.

He said the company had a strong year of revenue growth: more than 90 per cent in 2002-2003 and has increased staff by 20 per cent in the past six months.

In addition to security, Liversage said expanding areas included networking, TCO analysis and the resultant infrastructure rationalisation.