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Imprivata extends PAM capabilities with Xton acquisition

By Catherine Knowles, 20 Jul 2021

Imprivata has acquired Xton Technologies, adding privileged access management (PAM) capabilities to its digital identity solutions.

According to the company, incorporating Xton’s PAM solutions into Imprivata’s existing Identity and Access Management platform extends the company’s digital identity protection by adding access governance for its most privileged users.

Founded in 2017, Xton Technologies takes a modern approach to enterprise PAM. The company’s Xton Access Manager (XTAM) software combines the features of a traditional enterprise-grade solution in one platform with simplified execution.

Key Xton and Imprivata combined capabilities include the following:

  • PASM (privileged account and session management) to govern and record access to highly sensitive enterprise resources such as privileged accounts, servers, and databases
  • VPAM (vendor privileged access management) to monitor and control vendor and other third-party access to the enterprise, expanding the footprint of strong security
  • PAM integrated with Imprivata multi-factor and single sign-on solutions to bolster authentication and access control over the most highly sensitive resources

Imprivata CEO Gus Malezis says, "This acquisition expands the Imprivata digital identity framework and extends access control to include administrators and root users, the user type that governs critical enterprise assets such as servers, network devices, databases, and other core resources.

“While our existing identity and access management solutions are designed to govern access for the clinician and other staff, this highly innovative and nimble solution set extends this reach deeper into the enterprise to safeguard and control access to an ever broader set of mission-critical resources and data.”

The acquisition comes amidst a growing need for IT solutions focusing on the security and privacy needs of healthcare and other organisations, Imprivata states.

Malezis says, “The elevated focus of ransomware attacks on healthcare, and other highly regulated enterprises handling sensitive data, makes digital identity a fundamental, necessary best-practice control for improved cybersecurity, and we’re excited to make Xton a central component of Imprivata’s go-forward digital identity strategy.

"Through this acquisition, Imprivata will enable richer authentication and access management, a key pillar in the Imprivata digital identity framework, and broaden our mutual reach to new and current customers both domestically and internationally.”

Xton Technologies cofounders Mark Klinchin and Peter Senescu say, “Our platform perfectly complements Imprivata’s digital identity framework for healthcare and will help expand Imprivata’s industry-leading authentication and access management platform.

“With nearly 3,000 customers already using Imprivata solutions in 45 countries, we’re excited to join the Imprivata family and benefit from their commitment to delivering a world-class experience.”

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