Partnerships / Acquisitions

Entersekt Joins Forces With ForgeRock ID Network

Entersekt, the mobile-first authentication and eCommerce enabling company, announced news on Tuesday (Feb. 20) that it has joined the ForgeRock Trust Network as a principal technology partner.

In a press release, Entersekt said its mobile app security, authentication and digital signing technology is now available to ForgeRock’s customers. ForgeRock, said Entersekt in the press release, is a provider of identity and access management solutions to a wide range of industries, including financial services, retail, healthcare, higher education and communications, in addition to governments, including Belgium, Canada, New Zealand and Norway. Entersekt said that with the partnership, the two companies can better unlock value for their customer bases, from product design to support perspectives.

“As Entersekt did with push-based authentication, so has ForgeRock reimagined identity and access management, rearchitecting it from the ground up,” said Dewald Nolte, chief commercial officer at Entersekt, in the press release. “Besides our game-changing complementary technologies, it’s that pioneering approach that I believe will benefit mutual customers the most. It promises to spur further innovation and help deliver to end users the best mobile experiences available anywhere.”

Meanwhile, Ben Goodman, vice president of global strategy and innovation for ForgeRock, said the deal with Entersekt will enable customers to have access to proven authentication options. “ForgeRock is thrilled to have Entersekt join our rapidly growing Trust Network Technology partner program,” said Goodman.

The alliance with ForgeRock comes as Entersekt eyes North America. In a recent interview with PYMNTS, Entersekt CEO Schalk Nolte and Senior Vice President of North America Sherif Samy said the company is renewing its strategic focus on North America, but that doesn’t mean it’s new to the game — in the U.S. or elsewhere. It’s been deployed in 45 countries and, if anything, the U.S. is late to the game. That’s why the company has shifted its focus to the region now. It was difficult starting from Africa because the home market was small, but on the flip side, it was also open. The U.S. is often at the forefront of innovation, explained Nolte, yet it’s one of the last places to implement the technology it conceives due to complex legacy systems and slow-moving regulatory processes. Africa doesn’t have the smartphone penetration enjoyed by other markets, so it requires innovative security solutions — something Nolte said can be duplicated in the U.S. as the market arrives at these problems.

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