Oracle acquires Bharosa

Oracle shored up its authentication and fraud detection technologies this week, announcing the purchase of Bharosa, an identity theft prevention vendor.

Oracle said that the purchase was driven by demand for solutions to ease the burden of compliance requirements, such as the Federal Information Security Act of 2002 (FISMA), the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and Payment Card Industry (PCI) requirements.

Bharosa, a Santa Clara, Calif.-based firm, has more than 25 million users, according to Oracle. The company’s Tracker and Authenticator software will be sold on a standalone basis, with integrations for both Oracle and non-Oracle environments, according to the Redwood Shores, Calif.-based networking giant.

The deal is expected to close next month. Financial details were not disclosed.

"Oracle Identity Management ranks among the industry’s top solutions and we plan to continue rapidly expanding our security business to provide our customers with the most comprehensive, leading information protection solutions available," said Hasan Rizvi, vice president for identity management and security products, in a press release issued on Wednesday. "We expect Oracle and Bharosa, together, to provide enterprises with a comprehensive identity management solution that integrates proactive, real-time fraud prevention."

An Oracle representative could not immediately be reached for comment.

Mark Diodati, analyst with the Burton Group, said on the firm’s Identity Blog on Wednesday that the acquisition sets Oracle up to gain large corporations as customers.

"Oracle and Bharosa have integrated some of their products over the past year, but why did Oracle acquire Bharosa? The first reason is that the acquisition gives them an entry point into the exploding consumer authentication market. Many of the world’s largest corporations are implementing consumer authentication solutions to mitigate identity theft, consumer fraud and meet compliance initiatives," he said. "The acquisition will provide some ‘pull-through’ of Oracle’s other IdM [identity management] products (particularly Access Manager). The acquisition also complements Oracle’s Mantras and Reveleus financial services."


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