Canadian government enlists Optiv to provide device authentication solution

Optiva security solutions integrator and top 250 MSSP, has won the first major enterprise contract under the Shared Services Canada (SSC) Cybersecurity Procurement Vehicle (CSPV) for its authentication solution network devices (NDA).

Optiv is helping the Canadian government “achieve its goal of establishing a collaborative environment to effectively manage device certificates across the federal government’s IT infrastructure,” the cybersecurity consulting firm said in a prepared statement.

Today’s workforce and their devices are more distributed than ever, leading to an expanding threat landscape, says Optiv. As such, businesses and governments must be able to proactively and jointly respond to emerging cyber threats, while providing timely and appropriate access to trusted devices.

Optiv recruits Venafi, Crypto4A

Optiv Canada’s NDA solution is delivered in partnership with Venafispecialist in securing machine identities, as well as Crypto4A, a next-generation hybrid security platform that manages device key lifecycles for zero-trust architectures. According to Optiv, the bundled offering allows Canada to move away from manual device management by leveraging automation to address the proliferation of interconnected devices.

Cheryl McGrath, Regional Vice President of Optiv and Country General Manager for Canada, explained the impact the NDA solution is expected to have on the nation’s cyber defenses:

“It is estimated that there will be nearly 1.5 million devices connected to Government of Canada infrastructure at any one time over the next four years. A manual approach to network access is unsustainable and exposes everyone to operational and security risks. Our NDA project provides a new set of infrastructure-wide solutions for device authentication, enabling automated provisioning and the ability to scale without costly hardware changes.

Kevin Bocek, Vice President, Security Strategy and Threat Intelligence at Venafi, touted Canada’s commitment to better identity management:

“The realities of digital transformation mean that every organization, including government agencies, is facing unprecedented growth in the number of machines on their networks. With this decision, the Canadian federal government demonstrates its commitment to its vision of a robust machine identity management strategy that is essential to the security of the systems that underpin our digital world. This vision is not possible without a strong network device authentication program that is the cornerstone of identity and security.

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In April 2022, Optiv announced a Privileged Access Management-as-a-Service (PMaaS) solution powered by the CyberArk Privilege Cloud Identity Security Platform, as reported by MSSP Alert. The PMaaS solution provides planning, implementation, and ongoing management to help end users protect their privileged accounts from cyberattacks.

Optiv is owned by an investment company KKR and provides monitoring, MXDR, and other managed security services to global organizations. It also works with more than 400 security technology partners. In October 2021, Optiv rebranded itself as “the leader in cyber consulting and solutions”.