WatchGuard acquires authentication specialist Datablink

The Hague, 9 August 2017 - WatchGuard Technologies has acquired Datablink, a specialist in advanced authentication solutions. WatchGuard wants to use Datablink's technology to make strong authentication accessible to SMEs and larger organizations with multiple locations. The 2016 Data Breach Investigations Report shows that 63 percent of the data breaches can be traced back to the use of weak passwords or to the theft of passwords

The Hague, 9 August 2017 - WatchGuard Technologies has acquired Datablink, a specialist in advanced authentication solutions. WatchGuard wants to use Datablink's technology to make strong authentication accessible to SMEs and larger organizations with multiple locations. The 2016 Data Breach Investigations Report shows that 63 percent of the data breaches can be traced back to the use of weak passwords or to the theft of passwords. This underlines the importance of multi-factor authentication. Unfortunately, most small and medium-sized companies can not use this technology because of the high costs and complexity. WatchGuard wants to remove these obstacles, as the company has already done with several security solutions. "It has always been our mission to make enterprising security accessible to everyone, regardless of the size of the organization or technical know-how", says Prakash Panjwani, CEO of WatchGuard. "The lack of accessibility is the only thing that keeps SMEs from embracing authentication technology en masse. We expect the launch of our new cloud-based authentication service to arrive at the right time in 2018. " Authentication as a cloud service
For more than 20 years, WatchGuard has developed high-quality security solutions that are sold through the partner channel. Simplicity is central here. With the acquisition of Datablink, WatchGuard continues this tradition. Partners can offer their customers more value because authentication as a cloud service is less expensive and complex than traditional on-premise authentication systems. This is also in line with WatchGuard's strategic focus on supporting both value-added resellers (VARs) and the growing community of MSSP (managed security service providers) partners. WatchGuard wants to roll out the advanced authentication of Datablink as a fully cloud-based service for SME companies and larger organizations with multiple locations. With the solution, WatchGuard partners and customers can implement strong authentication for network access, remote network access, user access, access to SaaS applications and access to workplaces. Faster development
"Datablink has been at the forefront for more than ten years when it comes to advanced authentication, " says Alexandre Cagnoni, CEO and CTO of Datablink. "This acquisition and the associated investment accelerate the development of a cloud service that makes simple, accessible and advanced authentication possible. Thanks to WatchGuard's extensive ecosystem of established VARs and MSSPs, this service is immediately available to companies around the world after launch. "" This solution is complementary to our offering and is a great opportunity for our partners, "Panjwani concludes. "Not only can they extend their own security portfolios with strong authentication, but they can also offer it as a service. This eases implementation, management and technical support. "