Google Cloud Acquires Bitium For Cloud-Based IAM

You can never be too secure, and Google recognizes the more defense layers that can be installed to prevent a breach, the better.

Because of that, Google Cloud has acquired Bitium, a startup that focuses on enterprise-wide identity management and access tools including single-sign on for cloud-based apps. Bitium was founded in 2012 and is based in Santa Monica, California, and helps midmarket to enterprise-size companies manage access to all of their web-based apps, including Google Apps, Office 365, and social networks.

In a statement from Google Cloud about the acquisition, the tech giant said:

The move from on-premise enterprise applications to the cloud has unlocked new levels of productivity and collaboration for businesses and their partners, employees and customers. With the increase in cloud adoption, there are new considerations about how to manage cloud applications within an organization and to ensure that the right levels of security and user data access policies are in place.

With the acquisition of Bitium, Google Cloud will gain capabilities to help us deliver on our Cloud Identity vision. Our enterprise customers want a comprehensive solution for identity and access management and SSO that works across their modern cloud and mobile environments. Bitium helps us deliver a broad portfolio of app integrations for provisioning and SSO that complements our best in class device management capabilities in the enterprise. As we add Bitium’s capabilities, we’ll continue to work closely with our vibrant ecosystem of identity partners so that customers are able to choose the best solutions to meet their needs.

It’s no surprise companies are taking to the cloud-based security front, as the market in that particular technology continues to boom. As previously reported by Enterprise Mobility Exchange, the cloud-based security market will end 2017 with a 21% growth rate over 2016, showing SMBs as the largest sector for growth with main drivers coming from the need for email security, web security, and Identity and Access Management (IAM) – which are the enterprise’s top three cloud priorities.

The secure use and provisioning of cloud-based apps in the enterprise will help to lessen shadow IT, as employees will stray away from third-party or unrecognized systems for work purposes. Giving companies the ability to securely manage those cloud-based systems while granting proper permissions and allowing enhanced productivity will keep the enterprise running effectively.

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