Vasco Data Security International, Inc. (NASDAQ: VDSI), a leading software security company specializing in authentication products and services, today announced its acquisition of Alfa & Ariss B.V. ("A&A"), an open identity and access management specialist of Enschede, The Netherlands.
VASCO acquired all of the stock of A&A in exchange for cash consideration of Euro 1 million ($1.4 million using the exchange rate at the date of close). The acquisition was financed from VASCO's existing cash balances and is expected to have a slightly dilutive impact on earnings in fiscal 2011.
A&A was founded in 1999 and is an authority in the field of developing open identity and access management solutions. OpenASelect is A&A's high-profile authentication server platform. Companies implementing the OpenASelect platform don't need to invest in know-how or infrastructure, allowing them to focus on their core business. A&A's OpenASelect platform will be connected to VASCO's DIGIPASS as a Service platform.
A&A has strong ties with the Dutch PKI Internet trust services provider DigiNotar.
DigiNotar's authentication gateway server was developed in close cooperation with A&A.
The acquisition of DigiNotar by VASCO was announced on January 10, 2011. Both acquisitions support VASCO's long term growth strategy in the fields of services, software and Enterprise Security.
"Alfa & Ariss brings important know-how and engineering capabilities to VASCO. We believe that its abilities in the fields of linking applications in-the-cloud and its ID management tools are important for VASCO's long term strategy," says Ken Hunt, VASCO's Chairman and CEO. "With this acquisition, we further strengthen our offerings and R&D capabilities."
"The acquisition of Alfa & Ariss is a great opportunity for VASCO to reinforce its Enterprise Security (channel) business," said Jan Valcke, VASCO's President and COO. "By adding A&A's existing technology, we can turn our IDENTIKEY server into a true multi-protocol platform, supporting RADIUS, SOAP, SAML, Open-ID and PKI. We believe that this will broaden the scope of our channel business very positively."