RSA Security has entered into an agreement with cloud security firm Zscaler to develop a platform for managing and monitoring user activity on cloud platforms.
The company said that the deal would allow the RSA Cloud Trust Authority platform to monitor and adjust authentication policies and access controls based on changes to the user's system.
By integrating the Zscaler Cloud Security service, the platform will change its handling of connections when a device is compromised or the status of a connection is changed.
The platform will integrate pieces of risk management, identity federation and authentication components.
The platform will notify systems administrators when a site or web application had been compromised or attacked, Tim Simmons, director of product management for Zscaler, told V3.
Additionally, the platform will be able to notify unusual connections from an account, such as those which use a new device or location, and require the user to re-enter credentials or add authentication steps.
"The idea is that when you have the user in the office on a known device, browsing the same sites, there is a low level of risk," Simmons explained.
"If the user logs on from a hotel using a new tablet, there is potentially an additional level of authentication that needs to happen, because we have to offset the additional risk that exists."
Simmons said the aim of the platform was to help reduce the risk that many enterprises and service providers see from peripheral connections. Rather than directly attack a server or application, the firms see attackers looking to compromise end users.
"It has really shifted from servers, we have locked down those protections on that end," he said.
"Hackers have now found that it is easier to go after the endpoint."
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