CA is set to acquire role-based access and identity management vendor Eurekify. The companies were already partnering on CA's Identity Manager and, in addition, CA was reselling Eurekify's Enterprise Role Manager.

Analysts said that the addition of this type of automation in CA's identity management arsenal could help customers reduce costs and improve outdated processes around identities to meet current compliance and security requirements, analysts said.

Role-based access management represents the next wave of identity management, industry watchers say, in which fine-grained controls enable companies to better secure environments without necessarily limiting user productivity.

"It's a young area and there is not a lot of agreement over which vendors or products belong in which market segment," Mike Neuenschwander, associate research director of Burton Group, said. "There is a bit of frenzy around entitlement management because it can help with security and compliance audits, but mostly it is a great opportunity to centralize application access management and put more controls in place to reduce enterprise risk, while still making necessary resources available."

CA said that the combination of CA Identity Manager with Eurekify Enterprise Role Manager enables customers to "clean up existing identity data and build a role model with the best available information." The Eurekify acquisition comes on the heels of CA's October buy of IDFocus, a company that developed software to control who can get access to corporate IT resources.

"These acquisitions, along with our organically developed products, ensure CA's continued strength in the growing security market," said Dave Hansen, corporate senior vice president and general manager of CA Security Management.