Google Cloud acquires Bitium for greater identity and access management

Google Cloud has beefed up its identity and access management game with the acquisition of Bitium, a Santa Monica-based firm.

Bitium, founded in 2012, offers a variety of identity management features, including secure access, user provisioning and deprovisioning, app management and single sign on.

In a short blog post confirming the news, Karthik Lakshminarayanan, director of product management for G Suite and Cloud Identity, said the move will help mitigate customers’ risks around managing and securing cloud applications.

“Our enterprise customers want a comprehensive solution for identity and access management and SSO that works across their modern cloud and mobile environments,” wrote Lakshminarayanan. “Bitium helps us deliver a broad portfolio of app integrations for provisioning and SSO that complements our best in class device management capabilities in the enterprise.

“As we add Bitium’s capabilities, we’ll continue to work closely with our vibrant ecosystem of identity partners so that customers are able to choose the best solutions to meet their needs,” he added.

From Bitium’s side, a note from the two founders, CEO Scott Kriz and CTO Erik Gustavson, thanked their investors and explained the move. “When we started Bitium, our goal was to change how people and companies work by fundamentally changing the way they interact with software, starting with single sign-on and identity access management,” the note read. “Joining the team at Google Cloud allows us to continue along this path and accelerate these efforts.

“The Google Cloud team shares our vision for improving the way companies use software, enabling them to innovate faster.”

Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.