Navajo's focus on privacy and regulatory compliance is an important distinction, Gross says. "This isn't about security – the SaaS providers handle that. This is for organizations dealing with regulatory constraints. For heavily regulated industries, this will be a must-have while others may consider it a nice-to-have," he adds.
Who heads the company: CEO Dan Gross, who most recently spent nine years in various management roles at ActionBase, developer of a human process management solution.
How the company got into cloud computing: Gross and other founders, envisioned dramatically expanding the use of cloud computing by eliminating the barriers related to data security and regulatory concerns. The founders named the company after the Navajo code talkers recruited by the U.S. military during World War II.
SymplifiedHeadquarters: Boulder, Colo.What it offers: SinglePoint, an integration-as-a-service platform for extending enterprise security policies and administration into the cloud and enabling secure SaaS and cloud application access and identity managementHow much it costs: Available on a monthly per-user charge
Why we're watching it: Symplified addresses some of an enterprise's weightiest concerns about using cloud services, including the ability to determine who has access to SaaS applications, deactivate user accounts easily, scale out user access as needed, and manage user identities and policies from a central point.
Integrating existing security policies and administration with cloud applications and data should provide IT organizations the enterprise-class cloud security they desire. Using online identity and access management, for example, has clear benefits such as "instant" compliance, reduced operational and staffing costs and attractive, pay-as-you-go pricing models, according to Forrester security analysts in a recent report.
SinglePoint, available as an on-premises appliance or hosted in the cloud, is pre-integrated with leading cloud applications and platforms including Google Apps, Salesforce.com, ADP, Taleo and others.
Who heads the company: CEO Eric Olden, who co-founded Web access management pioneer Securant Technologies until its acquisition by RSA Security in 2001. He co-authored the AuthXML Web security specification and negotiated its combination with Netegrity's S2ML to create Security Assertion Markup Language, OASIS' identity federation standard.
How the company got into cloud computing: Symplified's founders identified the need to extend IT security and control mechanisms to the cloud.