SafeNet, an information security company, and Xceedium, a provider of identity and access management products for hybrid clouds, have entered a strategic partnership to offer products to help highly regulated commercial and government organizations manage privileged access across heterogeneous cloud architectures, including Amazon Web Services, VMware, and hybrid-clouds.

SafeNet and Xceedium will combine two-factor authentication and key management technology with granular, role-based privileged access controls to address the growing need for an end-to-end, scalable offering to secure data in private, hybrid and public cloud environments.

As a result of the partnership, Xceedium’s Xsuite identity and access management products now support SafeNet’s single- and multi-domain smart cards. The integrated solution provides strong authentication of privileged users and addresses key U.S. federal government mandates including HSPD-12 and OMB M-11-11, the companies say.

In addition to SafeNet’s authentication systems, Xceedium also will integrate SafeNet’s hardware security modules onto its Xsuite platform. The modules provide protection for transactions, identities and applications by securing cryptographic keys and provisioning encryption, decryption, authentication and digital signing services.

“Our customers face strict security and compliance directives as they look to rapidly migrate systems to the cloud,” Mordecai Rosen, Xceedium executive vice president of business development, said in a statement. “Our strategic partnership with SafeNet allows us to deliver a high-assurance version of Xsuite that will provide customers with the security controls and auditability necessary to move forward with their virtualization and cloud initiatives.”

SafeNet and Xceedium plan to further integrate SafeNet’s data protection offering onto the XSuite platform throughout the remainder of the year. The companies will jointly market these solutions as they become available, both directly and through large integration partners focused on regulated verticals.